The Anegada Lobster Festival is back from November 24th to 26th. Spiny lobster is a ubiquitous delicacy in the Caribbean but on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands, local restaurants have been perfecting the preparation of the sweet crustacean, from serving it in an unpretentious manner fresh from the grill to magically transforming the prized seafood into decadent ice cream.
For more than a decade, the festival has crafted a tasty treasure hunt across the unassuming island with delightful lobster dishes and tropical cocktails as spoils. Anegada has been dubbed the “drowned island” due to its low elevation, only 28 feet above sea level, and flat surface. However, this flat feature, unique amongst its more undulous British Virgin Islands’ neighbors, makes for great driving and exploration of the tropical destination. Views of varying shades of cerulean and turquoise waters lapping at miles of white sand beaches create a perfect weekend of eating for visiting lobster aficionados.
For the shellfish allergy-challenged foodie, the island offers a bounty of seafood dishes aside from spiny lobster. Anegada is home to a bustling commercial fishing community and provides most of the fresh fish and lobsters in the BVI, so a variety of other seafood dishes can be expected from the many quaint restaurants that dot the island’s shores. Aside from good eating, visitors can expect lively Caribbean beats as DJs and Soca artists perform at various venues and boat parties slated throughout the festival weekend.
Although often overlooked for larger islands in the BVI, Anegada’s inhabitants have turned the humble island into a must-visit for foodies by offering a seat at their table, one filled with plates of savory Caribbean fare and sweet spiny lobster at the center.
At this year’s Anegada Lobster Festival, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh spiny lobster, fish, or meat of their choice at participating restaurants: Anegada Reef Hotel, Cow Wreck, of Beauty, Trap, Potter’s by the Sea, Flamingo, Sid’s Pomato Point, Tipsy, Big Bamboo and Wonky Dog.
A ‘Lobster Crawl’ or bar crawl will kick off the event on November 24th, where patrons can visit the various watering holes around the island.
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