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Hundreds flock to Anegada for the 3rd annual Lobster Festival

It was three days of eating, drinking and getting there via by power boats, plane or ferry for the 2015 Anegada Lobster Festival. Hundreds of people from both the Virgin Islands and United States Virgin Islands flocked to Anegada, the northernmost Island of the Virgin Islands archipelago. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Delicious lobster meals were the order of the day - both days! Photo: Team of Reporters
Delicious lobster meals were the order of the day - both days! Photo: Team of Reporters
Attendees at this year’s Anegada Lobster Festival received what was described as an Anegada Heritage Passport, which promotes visit to the island’s cultural and environmental attractions including the Faulkner House Museum, the Anegada Rock Iguana, the Botanical Garden and much more. Photo: Team of Reporters
Attendees at this year’s Anegada Lobster Festival received what was described as an Anegada Heritage Passport, which promotes visit to the island’s cultural and environmental attractions including the Faulkner House Museum, the Anegada Rock Iguana, the Botanical Garden and much more. Photo: Team of Reporters
Inside the Faulkner House Heritage Museum. Photo: Team of Reporters
Inside the Faulkner House Heritage Museum. Photo: Team of Reporters
Visitors and locals alike out and about at the 3rd annual Anegada Lobster Fest. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Visitors and locals alike out and about at the 3rd annual Anegada Lobster Fest. Photo: Mangoman Photography
These two charming ladies were certainly having a great time. Photo: Mangoman Photography
These two charming ladies were certainly having a great time. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Attacked by a giant lobster? Maybe it does not want to be eaten after all. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Attacked by a giant lobster? Maybe it does not want to be eaten after all. Photo: Mangoman Photography
The Faulkner House Museum was part of this year's attractions. Photo: Mangoman Photography
The Faulkner House Museum was part of this year's attractions. Photo: Mangoman Photography
A sample of the lobster meals. Photo: Mangoman Photography
A sample of the lobster meals. Photo: Mangoman Photography
People departing Anegada from the Auguste George International Airport. Photo: Mangoman Photography
People departing Anegada from the Auguste George International Airport. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Some beautiful ladies graced the event with their presence. Photo: Mangoman Photography
Some beautiful ladies graced the event with their presence. Photo: Mangoman Photography
It was a time for families as well. Photo: Mangoman Photography
It was a time for families as well. Photo: Mangoman Photography
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - It was three days of eating, drinking and getting there via by power boats, plane or ferry for the 2015 Anegada Lobster Festival. Hundreds of people from both the Virgin Islands and United States Virgin Islands flocked to Anegada, the northernmost Island of the Virgin Islands archipelago. Anegada is the only inhabited island in the Virgin Islands (VI) that is formed from coral and limestone.

The 3rd annual Anegada Lobster Festival got on the way unofficially from Friday 27, November 2015 with a Lobster Crawl which was just a night of bar-hopping and dining along the beaches of the flat island.

However, the real action with music, food and drinking got underway over the two days of Saturday November 28, 2015 and ended on Sunday November 29, 2015. This year the BVI Tourist Board, whose brainchild the event was, added a cultural element to the weekend activities.

Attendees at this year’s Anegada Lobster Festival received what was described as an Anegada Heritage Passport, which promotes visit to the island’s cultural and environmental attractions including the Faulkner House Museum, the Anegada Rock Iguana, the Botanical Garden and much more.

Event an overwhelming success

One of the persons behind the event’s coordination, Rhodni A. Skelton of the BVI Tourist Board said that the event was an overwhelming success. He said that their preliminary numbers show that they have exceeded last year’s attendance records.

“Last year we came in at about 1,200 to 1,300 people and our initial numbers over the two nights show that we have well exceeded that,” he said.

He noted that they have taken into account persons arriving on private vessels, yachts, with some people coming in as early as Thursday November 26, 2015. “We weren’t able to get those counts but our initial figures show that we have exceeded last year’s. We had additional flights coming out of the USVI and Puerto Rico…that is something we did not have before, having flights coming out of those areas,” he said.

He said that while the event could be counted as a success there are still areas that must be improved upon, such as the shuttle system. “But it will come with capacity. We understand the carrying capacity in Anegada is limited, so the carrying capacity will have to grow as the event grows,” said Skelton.

Food and Sunset were on like popcorn!

Getting to Anegada was not an issue as the traveling public from the Greater Virgin Islands had many options from charter flights, power boats, Yachts and schedule ferry services from St. Thomas, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. The public enjoyed the many restaurants that featured the signature Lobster dishes along with many other menu items freshly cooked from the Anegada Beach Club Bar and Grill, Cow Wreck Gill Beach Bar, Potters by the Sea to Big Bamboo to name a few.

Among the hundreds of persons who attended the event was Acting Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton who made an appearance on Saturday. In addition, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) was spotted on Sunday at the event.

All persons both local and tourists spoke about the spectacular sightseeing, great food, drink, and the sunset parties, which is now a unique Anegada and other sister islands experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.

The Anegada Lobster Festival was launched by the BVI Tourist Board in 2013 to stimulate travel and interest in Anegada, one of the less popular islands of the Virgin Islands.

Many Anegadians have told our news room that the event is positive and brings attention and business opportunities to the island.

14 Responses to “Hundreds flock to Anegada for the 3rd annual Lobster Festival”

  • one eye (30/11/2015, 09:28) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    At least the bvi tb got something right!!!!
    • Truth! (02/12/2015, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Somehow I don't really buy this fairy tale the story wants to make believe about the so called suces of this event!
  • drunk (30/11/2015, 11:15) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Thought the skelton man was away in school...is that another just vactioning on we dime?
    • See Ya (30/11/2015, 12:49) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      He had to come in to help out. The new girl in event has no idea what she is doing.
    • True (30/11/2015, 13:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      No, he was requested to come back by the restaurants on Anegada due to the incompetence of the tourist board person who took over running the event this year after Skelton had run it the 2 previous years.
      • Really! (01/12/2015, 10:18) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
        Mr. Skelton please stop blogging and please stop putting your crew to blog crap. You damn well know the restaurants didn't need you and they made that clear to you when you got to Anegada.

        That's your game? Well come good because the new events person knows exactly what she is doing and she has a long track record to prove it. Unlike you after touching the music fest killed it. So try your best.
    • LOL (30/11/2015, 16:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      The girl they put to run the lobster fest is incompetent and was not doing her job. She can't do it plain and simple.
    • Ok Then! (01/12/2015, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      That's exactly what it was. He pretended to be needed and when he got to Anegada, the restaurants said they were fine and ready to go; didn't need him. So he was reduced to putting up signs. His FB page says it all.
      • give jack his jacket (04/12/2015, 15:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

        C**** stop blogging. you know you DID not do the job. Was it not you who said it is not about the restaurants in Anegada but about you tsk tsk. Its about country

    • Stupes (01/12/2015, 21:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The guy done 3/4 finish his studies..they brought him in just to handle the event..you want to know why...BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB!!!!!!!So take a seat and hush up....
  • hustler (30/11/2015, 13:01) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply

    Tell that Sk...on boy he a scamp for thieving people idea.. Telling lies buh he's te one came up with lobster fest. Sick devil he is....

    • evil (01/12/2015, 09:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      So you came up with the idea? Only one person comes up with an idea? All Anegada people wanted the thing for decades now. He ever say it was his idea alone? Stop hating on my boy. Just evil! Great job Skelly! We thank you for executing the idea when no one else did!
  • ccc (01/12/2015, 10:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    we need to do a pork fest next
  • Awesome (02/12/2015, 19:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was an awesome experience almost every restaurant I stop at the food was great and the customer service was also great . customer service is key to any business. I had a great time for my first time at it I will do it again if I have the chance to go . awesome great samplers .

    Great job I love it


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