Anguilla’s 3rd Fishermen’s Day Celebration
As I walked on to the Agricultural Grounds on June 27th, 2015 for the Fishermen’s Day Celebration, my brother-in-law who works at the Department of Fisheries spotted me right away. He was surprised to see me as he somehow thought that the fact that I was 37 weeks pregnant would keep me away from the festival. This was quite a ludicrous notion as the blazing sun and a little discomfort were minor inconveniences for me considering my immense love for all things ‘seafood.’
I spotted Sherise right away who had already acquired numerous items from the Fisherman’s Day Celebration to take home. Her items included fresh fish, crayfish, johnny cakes, fried snapper, stewed conch and cracked conch. She really is my sister.
I immediately got a johnny cake to munch on as I knew there would be a little wait at one of my favourite vendors. There I got crayfish and johnny cakes and stewed conch. Later on Nash brought fresh Snapper and we had Snapper for lunch or dinner in the following days.
Fishermen’s Celebration Day is growing in popularity. This event is organised by the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources (DFMR) annually to support local fishermen and food vendors. I have attended each year and I have never been disappointed in the food. In addition to food there are various competitions, a ceremony to honour fishermen, musical entertainment and games such as bingo and dominoes for the adults and bouncing castles and face painting for the children. An additional perk of the festival is low prices on food and fresh fish.
It is a fantastic afternoon out for the entire family. Nash stayed on after I left to get some pictures of persons, food and activities at the Fishermen’s Day Celebration. Do enjoy!