Anguilla will present a new epicurean festival, Anguilla Culinary Experience (ACE), from May 11 through May 15, 2022. As the latest culinary production in the region, ACE will bring together talented chefs from Anguilla and around the world with food-loving guests at Anguilla’s world-class resorts including: Aurora Anguilla Resort & Golf Club; Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel; Four Seasons Anguilla Resorts & Residences; Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort; Tranquility Beach Anguilla and Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts; luxury villas – ANI Anguilla, and Villa Alegria; as well as award-winning restaurants such as Ember, Veya, Tasty’s, Celeste, Pimms, Salt and Stone. During the five days of curated experiences, chefs will draw on their diverse influences, as they combine their skills and creativity with Anguilla’s fresh farm- and sea-to-table ingredients. A portion of ACE proceeds will fund the Anguilla National Culinary Team and other local hospitality training programs, plus students will have a chance to learn alongside the more experienced chefs.
“Anguilla Culinary Experience is being created for, and by, people who appreciate artistry and view food and wine as a way to celebrate life, make connections and explore a country’s history and culture,” said ACE co-chair and Villa Alegria owner Wendy Freeman in a press statement. “Anguilla is already considered the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. With over 100 bespoke restaurants within just 35 square miles and no commercial chains, plus Anguilla’s unique ability to deliver an upscale, luxe experience in an approachable and authentic manner, you can’t find a more perfect environment for an epicurean festival.”
ACE will center around three signature events, including the opening night Ultimate Barefoot Luxury Party sponsored by Tradewind Aviation at Cap Juluca, an afternoon Rose Soiree party at Malliouhana, and a Caribbean beach barbeque on Meads Bay where local grill-masters will offer up freshly-grilled seafood and ribs, while members of the island’s competitive culinary team battle in a mystery basket competition. On May 13th, local and guest chefs at Ember, Veya, Tasty’s, Celeste, Pimms, Salt and Stone will also present inventive prix fixe menus with wine pairings as part of the festival’s Restaurant Night.
Festival guests can choose either the ACE or VIP level ticket package. Both packages include entrance to all three signature events, as well as a full or partial credit towards the prix fixe meal at one of the participating restaurants on Restaurant Night. Packages are available for purchase at anguillaculinaryexperience.com at an early bird rate of $425 for the ACE level and $1,150 for the VIP option. After March 1, package prices increase to $450 and $1,250 respectively.
The VIP package provides exclusive access to VIP-only events including an after hours rum tasting at the famous Zemi Beach House Rhum Room and an intimate, 5-course dinner accompanied by wine and live music at one of Anguilla’s private luxury villas or specialty resort venues. The VIP dinners will be held on May 12 and are limited to only 20 guests at each venue. Diners will be able to get to know the chefs and each other while savoring inspired cuisine in a one-of-kind location.
In between the main events, festival guests can relax on Anguilla’s 33 beautiful beaches, explore the island, or partake in ticketed small group activities where they can pick salt from a natural salt pond, learn how to make ceviche or traditional Caribbean Johnny cakes, fish off the shore, paddleboard past sea turtles, or search for the island’s best rum punch as they tour Anguilla’s beachside bars in a chauffeured open-air Moke.
“We are justly renowned for our spectacular beaches and exceptional cuisine, but Anguilla offers so much more,” stated Stacey Liburd, Anguilla’s Director of Tourism. “Guests who come to ACE, which is a thrilling addition to our event calendar, will excite not only their palates but all their other senses as well as they discover our unique island attractions and experiences. We look forward to sharing our rich cultural traditions and heritage through these specially curated tours.”
New York-based wine and food curator, Michael Green, will serve as master of ceremonies for ACE. Green has shared his story-telling talents on MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, The Food Network and at Naples Wine Festival and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival..
“The mentoring and financial support ACE will provide will be life-changing for our Anguilla National Culinary Team and the island’s next generation of hospitality professionals,” said Gilda Gumbs-Samuel, chief executive officer of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association. “By buying a ticket or donating to ACE, guests will help ensure Anguilla continues its legacy of exceptional cuisine for years to come.”
The highly-decorated Anguilla National Culinary Team competes at international food and beverage events including the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s annual Taste of the Caribbean and Miami 305.