Anguilla Culinary Experience to Debut in May 2022

Anguilla will present the Anguilla Culinary Experience (ACE) from May 11 through May 15, 2022. The five-day epicurean festival will convene local and international chefs at Anguilla’s resorts—Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club; Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel; Four Seasons Anguilla Resorts & Residences; Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort; Tranquility Beach Anguilla and Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts; luxury villas—ÀNI Anguilla, and Villa Alegria; and restaurants—Ember, Veya, Tasty’s, Celeste, Pimms, Salt and Stone. A portion of the proceeds will fund the Anguilla National Culinary Team and other local hospitality training programs, and students will have a chance to learn alongside the more experienced chefs.

ACE will center around three signature events, including the opening night "Ultimate Barefoot Luxury Party" sponsored by Tradewind Aviation at Cap Juluca, an afternoon "Rosé Soirée" party at Malliouhana, and a Caribbean beach barbeque on Meads Bay, where local grill-masters will prepare grilled seafood and ribs, while members of the island’s competitive culinary team battle in a mystery basket competition. On May 13, local and guest chefs at Ember, Veya, Tasty’s, Celeste, Pimms, Salt and Stone will present inventive prix fixe menus with wine pairings as part of the festival’s Restaurant Night.

Guests can choose from the ACE or VIP level ticket packages. Both packages include entrance to all three signature events, as well as a full or partial credit towards the prix fixe meal at one of the participating restaurants on Restaurant Night. The VIP package provides exclusive access to VIP-only events including after-hours rum tasting at the Zemi Beach House Rhum Room and a five-course dinner accompanied by wine and live music at one of Anguilla’s private luxury villas or specialty resort venues. The interactive VIP dinners will be held on May 12 and are limited to only 20 guests at each venue.

In between the main events, festival guests can relax on Anguilla’s 33 beaches, explore the island or partake in ticketed small-group activities where they can pick salt from a natural salt pond, learn how to make ceviche or traditional Caribbean Johnny cakes, fish off the shore, paddle-board past sea turtles, or search for the island’s best rum punch as they tour Anguilla’s beachside bars in a chauffeured open-air Moke.

New York-based wine and food curator Michael Green will serve as master of ceremonies for ACE. Green has shared his story-telling talents on MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, The Food Network and at Naples Wine Festival and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

The Anguilla National Culinary Team competes at international food and beverage events including the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s annual Taste of the Caribbean and Miami 305. Alumni have worked in elite kitchens around the world and run and own many of the island’s top restaurants.

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