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'Lobster Fest 2014 a marked success' – BVITB/Patrons

-Highs and lows noted
Lobster Fest 2014 was hailed as a big success. Photo: BVITB
The BVI Tourist Board team that was credited for a job will done. At front is Chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Mr Rhodni A. Skelton who spoke of the highs and lows of this year. Photo: BVITB
The BVI Tourist Board team that was credited for a job will done. At front is Chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Mr Rhodni A. Skelton who spoke of the highs and lows of this year. Photo: BVITB
Mr. Warren D. Wintz tells of his first time Anegada Lobster Fest experience. Photo: BVITB
Mr. Warren D. Wintz tells of his first time Anegada Lobster Fest experience. Photo: BVITB
The shortage of waiters/waitresses noted as area for future improvement. Photo: BVITB
The shortage of waiters/waitresses noted as area for future improvement. Photo: BVITB
There was no report of lobster shortage. Photo: Provided
There was no report of lobster shortage. Photo: Provided
Some that did not miss the action this year. Photo: Provided
Some that did not miss the action this year. Photo: Provided
Signage were in place across the Island. Photo: Provided
Signage were in place across the Island. Photo: Provided
All beaded and qualified for their BVITB gift bags. Photo: BVITB
All beaded and qualified for their BVITB gift bags. Photo: BVITB
Some fun games also provided for a good social day at Anegada Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Some fun games also provided for a good social day at Anegada Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Live music add the need flavour to the two days' activities of Anegada Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Live music add the need flavour to the two days' activities of Anegada Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Local and foreign ferries at the Anegada lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Local and foreign ferries at the Anegada lobster Fest 2014. Photo: BVITB
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
A fisherman brings in a fresh catch of lobster. Photo: Provided
A fisherman brings in a fresh catch of lobster. Photo: Provided
Mr Skelton (left) and My Wintz at Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Mr Skelton (left) and My Wintz at Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
Scene of Lobster Fest 2014. Photo: Provided
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI – There was no doubt in the minds of Chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Mr Rhodni A. Skelton and patron Mr Warren D. Wintz, local businessman among others that the 2014 staging of Lobster Fest on the Island of Anegada was a success but that room exists for making the 2015 experience even better.

The fest was held over two days, November 29 and 30, 2014 covering almost all the restaurants and bars on the island and according to Mr Skelton bringing no less than 1,200 persons to the shores of the island over the two day, a record breaker since the first of its kind held last year, 2013.

“This year’s event was definitely a huge success; the numbers we know for sure have increased. We know that there were about twelve hundred people that we’ve counted so far that came up over the two days which is an increase from last year and over all the event was a huge success,” said Mr Skelton.

He said that more than anything he was happy to note that up to the point of speaking with this news site early last night, there were no reports of any significant incidents that would have put a stain on the event.

What stood out most!

Asked about one thing that stood out about the Fest this year, Mr Skelton said, “I think we had a greater buy-in from the Anegada community and anything that came up, if for some reason a few people were stuck at some area, the shuttle jumped into action.”

He said the organizing team found it very easy to call on any of the restaurants at any given time and got full cooperation.

“The people of Anegada came together much more, this is the second year, it was easier to get the buy-in. I think the people of Anegada understand the value of this event and what it can do for Anegada,” said Skelton.

He said that it is very noticeable that the community of Anegada is relatively small and with the Lobster Fest taking off with the pace it has, every year it is likely to get bigger which puts a huge responsibility on restaurant owners and others of the community to put certain things in place to ensure that they can effectively handle the growing crowds.

Waiters/waitresses /rooms/shuttles shortage

It was not only the view of Mr Skelton that there is definitely a need for an improved capacity in the areas of servers, shuttles and rooms for patrons of the Anegada Lobster Fest come 2015 and beyond. “We know that Lobster Fest is only once a year but there must be a way that Anegada can keep and fully satisfy the needs of people that come for it,” said one patron Mr Melvin M. Malone.

According to Mr Malone his experience could have been a better one had he been able to overnight as planned. “I am not the man for the room on the water thing I prefer to be on land and I think there could be something in place like a tent city with cots and porter potties to answer the shortage of rooms,” this man said.

Mr Skelton acknowledged the shortage of rooms and shuttles services and the need for restaurants to hire more hands even if it is just for the two days to effectively serve patrons.

First timer – Prepare Lobster earlier

For Mr Warren D. Wintz Lobster Fest 2014 day 1 was a first time experience. He told this news site that he was impressed by the fact that provisions were made for persons to take their private or rented vehicles to the Island allowing freer movement.

He said was very impressed by the timeliness of the barge system leaving from Beef Island and Anegada. “When we got there the Tourist Board had their welcome tent which I think was very beautiful and they had a DeeJay, nice, nice, nice, the welcome was really great,” he said.

He complimented the system that was in place to qualify person to get gift packages from the BVI Tourist Board which was had by making sample purchases at least five restaurants.

“What I see as need is that they need to prepare the lobster earlier and they needed more waitresses at the bars,” he said.

He said that his crew lost a lot of time as especially the first bar they had stopped at had no samples ready. “We had to drive around to base time, at some others it was a rush and reasonable crowd. I was told that it was crazy for the second day with overcrowded restaurants. That needs to be addressed,” he said.

The issue of shortage of hands at the restaurants was also noted by Mr Skelton as one area for improvement.

29 Responses to “'Lobster Fest 2014 a marked success' – BVITB/Patrons”

  • fun (01/12/2014, 10:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was awesome but the restaurants ran out of food. They didnt anticipate the large turnout.
  • I didn't go (01/12/2014, 10:11) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    because i wanted to eat some shark and fidel banned shark meat.
  • Finance (01/12/2014, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    I need to see the cost benefits on this!!!!
    • duh (01/12/2014, 12:07) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      The island benefits greatly. Restaurants garner emmense sales, hotels are booked out, various rental companies, taxi drivers, ferry companies, etc
      • Big Ears (01/12/2014, 13:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        The international coverage was of this event is beyond measurable.
  • Disappointed in hospitality and professionalism (01/12/2014, 11:31) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    I attended the Lobster Fest in Anegada this weekend and was cursed out by a rude female bartender at the Anegada Reef Bar on Sunday. She called me by a funny name beginning with "Mother" and used the f.... word to another patron. I spent over $700 on rooms, food, transportation and ferry in this place. Me nor my friends will not be coming back to this island.
    • chad (01/12/2014, 14:24) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      I had a close experience myself. They are unprofessional and not ready for that type of event. Also why was there a DJ at every junction? What type of people are you selling this even too? What happened to the fungi bands or even a steel band? They should get organised. I will not be going back to that event. Rudeasspeople.
      • Not true (01/12/2014, 23:50) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        There were bands at quite a few places that I went to. But bands are very expensive so the smaller places used DJs. Better than nothing.
      • Where did you go (02/12/2014, 08:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        I passed through several places on the Saturday and i'm sure if my memory serves me correct The Reef had Leon and the Hotshots.. are they not a scratch band ??
    • Hmmm (01/12/2014, 15:09) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      sad to hear that... but i glad u aint going back, i well wanted a room but couldnt get (one mans garbage another treasure) and by the way you shoulda just told the person 2 funny words of your own or complain to management
    • Anegada resident (01/12/2014, 15:10) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      I live here and know exactly who you are talking about. Too bad you had to experience that because many of the other places are recommendable! Come back, just skip the classless Reef with it's wild, rude women running the place.....
      • Disappointed in hospitality & professionalism (02/12/2014, 08:43) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        Thanks for your kind words. I will think about going back to Anegada but I prefer Tortola. I have never experience such in Tortola. The locals on Tortola are very pleasant and professional.
        • visitor (02/12/2014, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          @disappointed. Hospitality and attitude in Tortola is not what we expected in the modern tourism industry, certainly not child friendly. We had two taxi drivers fighting and arguing over our fare and they both wanted to charge us before we had even been given the ride. Every restaurant bill was loaded and wrong, had to send it back every time. In Anegada it is much worse you just get the toxic treatment and they give it as though they mean it. The customer is never right! Love the beauty of BVI but the locals "right of passage" attitude sours the whole experience. Made me ashamed to be British.
    • I so shame... (01/12/2014, 21:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't let one persons unprofessional manner stop you from visiting again...not every one is cut out for customer service roles...
    • Looking on (02/12/2014, 11:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      HMMM. I WAS THERE AND THE BARTENDER WAS THE OWNER'S WIFE. SADDD!!!!!!!! AND WAS VERY DISSAPOINTED IN HER ACTIONS.
    • good (02/12/2014, 14:35) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Well finally a female stood up to you. You walk around drinking and disrespecting females and expect all of them to take that nonsense. No means no and stop means stop. Know your place. What you give is what you get.
  • BVIslander (01/12/2014, 20:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    My first time at Anegada Lobster Fest was really enjoyable. I patronized almost half of the participating restaurants and even supported the stall with locally made goods at the dock. It was a fairly expensive day, but enjoyable. Thanks, Anegada
  • rhonnie (02/12/2014, 00:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cell phone bill outstanding
    • Huh?? (02/12/2014, 15:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Rhonnie ...What does your cellphone bill have to do with the Lobster Fest??/
  • Belly full (02/12/2014, 06:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I had a great time at the Big Bamboo and folks there were ok. Took a little time to get drinks but that was expected with the crowd. I enjoyed everything most of all a good sleep at the cottages with that pouring rain that made me sleep like an angel. The other areas were also good but I like the vibes of that place. Cow wreck was also good, I like the party vibes. Man I had a blast.
  • About My Day (02/12/2014, 09:33) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Reef was not ready, and the wait staff was not very pleasant. After waiting for about 2hrs for food, IT SUCKED. Having to take taxis to the different participating restaurants was challenging and expensive. I think it would be better if the all the restaurants were operating at a select venue. Like we have Festival Village where the restaurants have booths, maybe this could be considered for next year. Lobster Fest Village. Just a thought. All in all, I had a good time at Big Bamboo. It is a good event and should be continued.
  • visitor (02/12/2014, 14:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow, Anegada what a place, beautiful sand island in the middle of the ocean, fantastic natural local food, if you don't mind a two hour wait for it and the two hour journey. The people living/working there have a toxic attitude. We don't want you here just give me your money a huge solicited tip and leave. You can take the lobsters with you. My kids were shocked at the language and scared of the staff so loud and rude, shouting and swearing to get heard or noticed. A place you have to visit once for its natural beauty but you would never go back. What a tragedy!
  • my two cents (02/12/2014, 17:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you who on here commenting are no better than the people you are trying to call down now....They were under tremendous pressure from many of us with our Impatient attitudes....Put half of you in their shoes and I'm sure you would react the same way or even worse...yes there is room for improvement, but instead of stitting behind your computer screen judging ...y not seek a part time job for that weekend at places you noticed could use a little extra help...y not call up one or two of the establishments and offer some constructive criticism......
  • 2 sides to every story (02/12/2014, 20:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Although I was not there this weekend I have been going to Anegada for years and the locals are some if the nicest and most accommodating people I have met. I am in touch with some locals and from what I heard, 'Disappointed' had not only thrown things at the bartender but cursed at her when she asked him to stop. Maybe not an excuse but definitely a reason.
    • disappointed (03/12/2014, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ 2 sides to every story..... you were not there nor witness the incident, I was. I lived it.
  • Suggestions (03/12/2014, 08:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is not enough work force in Anegada for businesses to stay open and then facilitate a festival ground as some of you are suggesting. Do not forget that most of these businesses have accommodations which are full to capacity for the fest. These persons also have to be catered to in addition to the large numbers coming in for the day's activities. I stayed over the weekend and ran into a problem getting dinner in the evenings because I did not know it had to be booked by a certain time. My suggestion to the BVI Tourist Board is to also market this. Put as much information as you can out there so persons know what to expect. It would also alleviate some of the stress on the businesses. The Anegada Reef Hotel was gracious enough to accommodate us both Friday and Saturday night though we booked late and the setting and food was phenomenal. The service was a bit slow but we appreciated their efforts as we noticed it was the same staff waiting on is from 8am that morning. Kudos to all the businesses and best of luck for next year. I will be back.
  • Love me some Anegada (03/12/2014, 10:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lobster Fest this year was MASS!!!! Thanks to the BVI Tourist Board for this great initiative , Anegada businesses for your hard work, despite being under staffed, and mostly thanks to ALL that traveled to make it a success!!!!! I encourage you (businesses and Tourist Board) to take all comments into consideration and be bigger and better next year!!!!!! Definitely looking forward to 2015!!!!!!! I for one will definitely be back!!!!!


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