Patrons at theAnse La Raye Seafood Festival can expect to see some changes to the event starting on April 26. This follows weeks of rigorous training to help vendors and their assistants raise their standards.

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism have joined forces to enhance the offering of the Anse La Raye Seafood Festival. Under the supervision of Chef Didier, 15 vendors and 30 vendors’ assistants are receiving training in culinary creativity, safety and presentation.

Now into its fourth week, the six-week long program has afforded not only theoretical practices, but also the 45 trainees are seizing opportunities to demonstrate their newly acquired culinary skills weekly, at the site of the seafood festival.

Senior Marketing Manager at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Ms. Jackie Mathurin, noting the growing trend in culinary travel says Saint Lucia has taken bold steps to create a niche for itself.

Aldric Evans is the Chairperson for the Anse La Raye Seafood Committee; Evans who operates a smoothie bar is also undergoing training. He says working with Chef Didier is very exciting and the vendors are serious about advancing their skills.

Seafood Vendor, Nadia Charlemagne says the rigorous training has put the skills of seafood vendors to the test. She adds that when the training is all over, the Anse La Raye seafood experience will be one with a difference.

Following the Lenten season, participants day the public will have the opportunity to experience culinary delights of international standards, made using the freshest ingredients.

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