Anguilla’s Renowned Festival Del Mar Took Place This Easter Weekend… A Highlight Of Extraordinary Eats!
April 14 – 28, 2019
Anguilla’s inaugural culinary event, Extraordinary Eats! kicked off on Sunday, April 14 – a two-week, island wide celebration of delectable Anguillian cuisine.
Festival del Mar, the annual celebration of all things from the sea, took place on the Easter weekend, April 20th and 21st, hosted for the past twelve years in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour. This fun filled weekend serves up creative seafood meals, delicacies, and other popular traditional treats – served with rich sides of traditional rice and peas or the ever-popular johnny cakes.
Festival Del Mar is not only about the food; local string bands and musicians take to the stage with live performances all day and into the night. And If food and music aren’t enough, you can also participate in the many traditional games and beach activities, from the early morning deep sea fishing tournament, which opens up the weekend festival starting at 5am, to swimming races, a model boat race, sunfish races and the traditional B-Class boat race
Taste of The Strip, hosted on The Strip in The Valley on Friday, April 26th, features Anguilla’s famous food trucks, and local specialties like peas soup, johnny cakes, BBQ ribs, steamed fish, oxtail stew and conch soup. A series of live music and cultural performances by local artistes and bands adds to the festive atmosphere throughout the evening.
The grand finale to Extraordinary Eats is the Chefs Extraordinaires evening on Saturday, April 27th, hosted by Da Vida’s Restaurant. Renowned Anguillian chef Kerth Gumbs, Head Chef at the prestigious Ormer Mayfair in London, joins fellow Anguillians Tarisa Reid, Chef de Partie at the London based Compass Group, and Mtima Daniels, Sous Chef at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles to create a culinary extravaganza. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Anguilla Culinary Team, a group of extraordinarily talented young chefs, to finance their participation in upcoming regional culinary competitions.
A host of participating resorts and restaurants are offering Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menus throughout the two week period, with a price point of USD$35 for a two course lunch, and USD$65 for a three course dinner. A full list of participating resorts and restaurants, along with more information on each of the featured events is available at https://ivisitanguilla.com/eat/