This annual seafood festival occurs during Easter weekend. The festival is scheduled for March 26th-27th 2016.
Occurring in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbor, located on the eastern tip of the island; this little fishing village has remained largely untouched by tourism. With colorful boats bobbing in the turquoise harbor and a fishing pier jutting out to catch schooners and fishing boats. Anguillans’ love affair with the sea is entrenched in their history when residents sailed to nearby islands to work.
Beginning in 2008, Festival del Mar has steadily grown over the years. The festival celebrates the fruits of the sea and activities that includes traditional cooking and culinary competitions, deep sea fishing competitions, swimming races, volley ball exhibitions and crab races.
The two days of live music and boat racing which is the island’s national pastime. The gastronomic aspects if the festival includes local lobster, crab, crayfish, octopus, fried fish, grilled fish of many varieties are featured prominently and Johnny cakes- a soft fried dough.
The atmosphere is relaxed and visitors are invited to wear their swimsuits in case they want to take a dip in the sea. There are also plenty of tented areas for lounging out of the sun, and domino games are played throughout the afternoons. Festival del Mar is an idyllic way to spend the Easter weekend with friends and family.
Itinerary (Subject to change)
5:00am- Deep Sea Fishing Tournament
10:00 am- Model Boat Race (Small boats needed to assist with race)
11:00-11:30am- Kiddies Fishing Competition
11:00 am- Sunfish Exhibition Island Habour (One race for everyone)
1:00 pm- B Class Boat Race (Island Harbour to Black Garden and back)
2:00 pm- Volley Ball Competition
4:30 pm- Deep Sea Fishing Weighing
6:30 pm- Opening Ceremony
7:30-11:30 pm- Entertainment
Sunday, March 27th 2016
10:00 am-Swimming Competition (Relay teams to two I-H beach to Scillly Cay and back)
1:00 pm- Volley Ball Exhibition
1:00 pm- Optimist Dingy Exhibition
2:00 pm- Culinary Competition Judging
- Best Seafood Soup
- Best Local Seafood dish
- Best Roasted Seafood
- Best Grilled Seafood
2:00 pm- A Class Boat Race (Sandy Ground to Island Harbour)
3:00 pm- Crab Races
So, pack your appetite and your swim suit to cool off in the tranquil Caribbean Sea, and get ready for a weekend of fun, food and festivities.