British Virgin Islands Set to Kick Off Month-Long Culinary Event

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) recently announced the upcoming second annual BVI Food Fete, a month-long culinary event that celebrates the culinary offerings and experiences of the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Image: Jordana Wright
Image: Jordana Wright

Taste of Tortola – November 7th

The newly revitalized Queen Elizabeth II Park on Tortola is the setting for event. To highlight the various cuisines served within the British Virgin Islands, some of the top restaurateurs, chefs and mixologists will be on hand to feature their mouthwatering dishes and cocktails. Attendees can sample food from 15 restaurants and wines while enjoying the entertaining vibe set along the water’s edge. 

The Taste of Tortola events will include a "Demonstration Kitchen" where attendees can observe chefs preparing and cooking a selection of appetizing local and international dishes. The Fish & Fungi Competition highlights the national dish of the British Virgin Islands with tastings offered from the winner’s version of this classic meal. The Mixologist Competition will feature top BVI bartenders as they showcase their talents in the fast-growing cocktail scene. Guests can enjoy live performances by popular BVI bands, musicians and DJs. 

The Foodie Photo Booth is a fun new feature to entice attendees to take photos next to over-sized culinary items. Attendees will be able to cast their vote during the events for awards to be presented throughout the night for Tortola’s Favourite Restaurant, Best Booth, Best Food, Best Drink, and more.

Jost Crawl – November 8 

This bar crawl will take place on Jost Van Dyke. Participants will peruse the bars on the island with each bar within walking distance of the next.

The Barefoot Gourmet Soiree – November 14

This is a culinary event and fundraiser set under the stars upon the powder white sands and azure shores of Deadmans Bay at Peter Island Resort & Spa. The evening offers a quintessential experience for epicureans as local and international chefs prepare their signature dishes at food stations. The event provides guests with an opportunity to mingle among fellow food connoisseurs and tastemakers within a festive atmosphere with live entertainment.

Taste of Virgin Gorda – November 21

Nail Bay Sugar Ruins offers a rustic touch to this evening. Chefs and mixologists will be on hand to feature their mouthwatering dishes and cocktails. Attendees can sample food from seven restaurants and incredible wines while enjoying the colloquial sounds created by a jazz band. 

The Chef Cook-Off is one of the most exciting elements of the night as attendees gather to witness two of the BVI’s most skilled chefs compete for the best chef title. The Foodie Photo Booth is a fun new feature to entice attendees to take photos next to over-sized culinary items. Guests can sway to the sounds of jazz performed live by popular BVI jazz musicians.

On the Rocks Bar Crawl – November 21

This exciting bar crawl will take place on Virgin Gorda. Participants will be transported in party safari buses to bars around the island.

Culinary Education Programme – November 22-28 

Visiting chef Roshni Gurnani, executive chef and culinary chef instructor at the Art Institute of Houston, returns to provide her knowledge and expertise to the students studying culinary arts in the BVI. Throughout the week, Roshni will provide instruction, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive lessons to familiarise students with the insight needed to navigate their way through the hospitality and culinary industry regionally and globally.

Lobster Crawl – November 27

This bar crawl will take place on Anegada. Participants will be able to barhop along the beach strip.

Anegada Lobster Festival – November 28-29 

The Anegada Lobster Festival is for everyone who loves food, loves lobster and loves the Caribbean. The two-day culinary event will be held on the shores of Anegada on November 28-29. Talented local chefs will be on hand to prepare, cook, and serve plated sample lobster dishes at 11 participating Anegada restaurants. Attendees will embark on an island adventure that takes them on a culinary journey via safari, scooter or rental car. Along with sightseeing, great food, drink, and a sunset party, attendees will have a unique Anegada experience.