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CGB will be mosquito free for 3rd BVI Food Fete launch- Rhodni A. Skelton

- launch scheduled for Friday Sept 23, 2016
Left: BVI Tourist Board’s Events Marketing Manager Rhodni A. Skelton. The 3rd Annual BVI Food Fete will be launched on Friday September 23, 2016 at Callwood Rum Distillery in Cane Garden Bay. Photo: VINO/File
Samples of Callwood Rum on display at the 2nd Annual BVI Food Fete launch in 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Samples of Callwood Rum on display at the 2nd Annual BVI Food Fete launch in 2015. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Food Fete is one of the highlights of Tourism Month in November. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Food Fete is one of the highlights of Tourism Month in November. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Patrons wishing to attend the official launching of the 3rd Annual BVI Food Fete in Cane Garden Bay on the main island of Tortola next week have been given the assurance they do not have to be worried about contracting the mosquito-borne viruses, Zika and Dengue, now affecting the territory.

That assurance came from the BVI Tourist Board’s Events Marketing Manager Rhodni A. Skelton, while on the 3D Show with Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on Friday September 16, 2016.

Mr Skelton’s remarks come following talks of an influx of the mosquito population in that area.

The launch will kick into gear from 5:00 P.M. on Friday September 23, 2016 at the Callwood Rum Distillery where some of the best local cooks will be frying fish of all kinds, and the ‘mixologists’ will give their special spin on the wide range of beverages made with Callwood Rum.

The after party will move to Myett’s- a stone’s throw away from the location.

“…we have all heard the scares of Zika and Dengue fever, Environmental Health has assured us that they will do some fogging just before the event and also kill the eggs of the mosquitoes. So, ladies and Gentlemen, there is no reason to stay away from Cane Garden Bay,” Mr Skelton said.

Fitting venue for launch

Director of Tourism Sharon Flax, speaking at the launch last year, said BVI Food Fete is fast becoming a mainstay event for the VI. “It is our distinct pleasure to be able to host our launch at the Callwood Distillery, a historic site that boasts a rich heritage of being the oldest continually operated distillery in the Eastern Caribbean,” she had said.

She noted then too that the Callwood family has been producing their Arundale Rum in Cane Garden Bay for over 300 years “and we felt it was a fitting location to launch our food fete.”


This year’s activities for the annual food fete include the Jost Van Dyke –Jost Pork Festival on November 13, and the 4th Anegada Lobster Festival on November 26 and 27, 2016.

Other activities include the Barefoot Gourmet Soiree on October 30, Taste of Tortola on November 5, Peter Island Resort and Spa Caribbean Food Festival on November 11-12, and the Jost Van Dyke’s- Jost Crawl on November 13.

The action will move to the island of Virgin Gorda on November 19, 2016 with the Taste of Virgin Gorda and on The Rocks Bar Crawl.

All boats then head to Anegada for the Lobster Crawl on November 25 and the 4th Annual Lobster Festival on November 26-27, 2016.

The month of November is also Tourism Month.

13 Responses to “CGB will be mosquito free for 3rd BVI Food Fete launch- Rhodni A. Skelton”

  • Boo (17/09/2016, 10:00) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Walk with your swatters and repellant people
  • chad (17/09/2016, 10:06) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think the gentleman needs to educate himself on Mosquitos before he makes claims like this. Fogging by itself is not going to eridicate Mosquitos from CGB.
    • Yes (18/09/2016, 02:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      He also said they would be killing the eggs and babies with larvacide.
  • just asking.. (17/09/2016, 10:12) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Since when he turn doctor?
    • Yes (17/09/2016, 19:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      his dad told him so
    • Captain Morgan (18/09/2016, 13:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Since he joined "the builders club" lol . They're supposed to be hush-hush, but some of them just showing off on Facebook with their secret logos.
  • Yes (17/09/2016, 10:42) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Guess he's family with the mosquitos and tell them not to come out what a thing,my friend at least say 70-80% free
  • Ears (17/09/2016, 11:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    People don't have Money..
  • dog (18/09/2016, 08:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks dr skelton
  • dog (18/09/2016, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would encourage more personal insect spray rather than blanketing the entire area before eating. This doesn't sound safe to me.
  • Be real (19/09/2016, 10:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fogging isn't so effective because it goes upwards. With this method, it can never be mosquito free. With their actions of emptying water holders etc, it will minimize mosquito breeding but it will never be mosquito free.
  • WTF (23/09/2016, 09:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well, tonight is the fete at Callwood Rum Distillery, and I encountered mosquitoes last night at the bay. Rhodni have until 5pm today to net in all the mosquitoes. He promised a mosquito free event. Let's hope so. I don't know how he is going to do it, but he must have a strategy, unique to the Skeletons. Lol

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