The event usually sees hundreds of persons heading to the island via air and sea, crowding restaurants and many party spots, with the ultimate aim being to sample the many lobster dishes available.
The event will be on this year, but with a twist, says Director of the BVI Tourist Board, Mr Clive McCoy.
At a media launch for BVI Food Fete held on Sunday, November 16, 2020, at Coconut Lounge at Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park to mark this year's event now titled 'BVI Food Fete Dine Out', Mr McCoy said special emphasis was put into making Lobster Fest 2020 a special one.
"Some of the dates that we can expect special things to happen here in the BVI for a month- on the 20th and 22nd we will have our culinary team at participating restaurants on Tortola and on the 22nd and 23rd we will have them over on Anegada for the Lobster Fest.'
"Now also the restaurants over on Anegada that would be participating would have lobster dishes, we will provide some entertainment on the dock and it’s a different event than we have seen before but again its somewhere we can go and experience the culinary prowess over in Anegada, especially the lobster."
On December 4 and 6, BVI Food Fete will be dine outs at restaurants on Virgin Gorda.
The last weekend is reserved for Jost van Dyke where, unlike last year's Just Pork, restaurants will feature their special menus for dine outs.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission, Mrs Kenisha A. Sprauve said when the COVID-19 pandemic happened, the team at BVITB was challenged to plan the event with the COVID-19 protocols in mind.
"Many of you have enjoyed the annual BVI Food Fete culinary journey through our territory, with events such as the Gourmet Soiree, Taste of Virgin Gorda, Taste of Tortola, Jost Pork Festival, Cooper Island Rum Festival and of course the highlight, the Anegada Lobster Festival.
“When the occurrence of COVID-19 seriously challenged the staging of this year’s BVI Food Fete, our Board of Directors asked our team of professionals at the Tourist Board to consider this an opportunity to showcase our culinary legacy in an unconventional manner."
Sprauve said the team rose to the occasion and came up with a concept that would work within the parameters of the many protocols in effect for the territory’s food and beverage sector.
“This concept is the BVI Food Fete Dine Out. The event presents an opportunity to stimulate our palates while testing our protocols for restaurants and bars in preparation for the reopening of the territory to international guests on Tuesday, December 1, 2020," Sprauve stated.