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The Caribbean’s Hottest Culinary Event Is Coming to Antigua

Sheer Rocks restaurant in Antigua.

The Sheer Rocks restaurant in Antigua.

Whether you’re having sushi by the pool at Rokuni, savoring Venetian cicchetti on the beach at Wild Tamarind or enjoying grazing boards at the Antigua Vintage Tea House, Antigua and Barbuda is filled with exceptional, unforgettable culinary experiences. 

Indeed, Antigua and Barbuda’s dynamic food scene might just be one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. 

But now Antigua and Barbuda is letting the secret out with a major new Caribbean culinary experience: Antigua and Barbuda Restaurant Week a 14-day culinary event celebrates the destination’s spectacular food scene. 

The landmark new event covers 14 days in May, from May 7 to May 21, with eateries all over the island participating. 

A “croquette” at Tamarind HIlls’ new Wild Tamarind restaurant, which specializes in Venetian-style cicchetti.

Throughout the two weeks, eateries on the island, from fine-dining restaurants to delicious local food spots, will be offering prix fixe lunch and dinners with set prices of either $25, $50 or $75. 

And that’s just the beginning: many eateries will be creating special menus, adding new tasting options and bringing in celebrity chefs for the occasion. 

Participating restaurants include Wild Tamarind, Rokuni, Like a Latte, Sheer Rocks, Maia, The Chimney, The Larder, Big Banana, Catherine’s Cafe, Spices of India, the Vintage Tea House Cafe and Ana’s on the Beach. 

“Restaurant Week is an exciting opportunity for Antigua to showcase and celebrate its various culinary experiences, at a wide range of prices,” said Alex Grimley, managing partner of Rocks Group, which has three restaurants participating: Sheer Rocks, Catherine’s Cafe and Rokuni. 

cocktails at Catherine's Cafe.
No meal at Catherine’s Cafe is complete without one of its superb cocktails.

All three of Rocks Group’s eateries, for example, are putting their own spin on the event: at Catherine’s Cafe, the eatery will showcase ifs French-inspired dishes on the beach. Rokuni, the spectacular new Asian fusion eatery on the island, will offer Asian-inspired sharing menus. 

“Experiences will be available at a variety of price points and we will be running some exclusive special events with guest chefs and winemakers throughout Restaurant Week,” Grimley told Caribbean Journal. 

The event culminates with the Antigua and Barbuda Food and Art Experience on May 21, which will “fuse cuisine and art native to Antigua” with a multi-sensory event. 

The pool at Rokuni, located at the Nonsuch Bay resort.

A number of the destination’s top hotels and resorts are also getting in on the action, including the Elite Island Resorts portfolio, which includes Antigua’s Hammock Cove, St James’s Club, Galley Bay, The Verandah and Pineapple Beach Club. 

The Antigua Vintage Tea House.

“May is a fantastic time visit Antigua. The water is spectacular, the scenery is amazing and enjoying the island’s best restaurants during an event like Restaurant Week is just a great opportunity for travelers to get the most out of their Caribbean vacation,” said Larry Basham, chief operating officer of Elite Island Resorts. “Antigua is one of the best culinary destinations in the Caribbean.”

Elite Island Resorts is including a $500 air credit valid for Antigua Restaurant Week vacations if reserved before the end of March. For more, call 800-858-4618.

For more, visit Antigua and Barbuda Restaurant Week

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