Basseterre, St. Kitts, 19th January, 2018 – One of the special activities at the third annual Caribbean CrewFest 2018 was the exposure of several participants to the creation of an authentic Caribbean Breakfast – Ackee and Saltfish.
Led by Christophe Harbour’s Executive Chef Barnaby Jones, participants first visited a farm on the Southeast Peninsula where they were able to see and harvest the vegetables that formed part of the recipe, including the breadfruit and the ackee.
It also highlighted the growing interaction and business that Christophe Harbour has been pursuing with farmers and fishers on the island, as they continue to build the super yacht industry in St. Kitts.
Jones, sharing his passion for local and Caribbean cuisine, said, “Because I am from Jamaica, we did Ackee & Saltfish with roasted breadfruit, fried plantain, avocado, Johnny Cakes and other vegetables from the farm.”
The participants were part of a group of 200 crew members of super yachts participating in this year’s CrewFest at The Marina at Christophe Harbour.
CrewFest was designed to provide education and experience to super yacht crews about St. Kitts and the Marina at Christophe Harbour. The event officially opened on Wednesday, 17th January.
While on St. Kitts, crews learn about the facilities of the Marina, get to experience St. Kitts and Nevis through tours, capture the culture of the island, participate in professional development seminars and have a great time during the four-day event.
Participants were thrilled to be involved in the Caribbean breakfast cooking class.
One participant said, “I was surprised at how large the farm was, and there were so many fruits and vegetables growing there. I enjoyed being at the farm.”
Another crew from the Philippines said, “It was very informative, and with the foods from the farm, it was very organic. It’s my first time tasting ackee and sailfish and it really tastes good.”
An Australian crew member explained, “I loved going to the farm and picking it all and seeing how it grows. Half the time, you don’t know where the fruits and veggies come from and what the plants look like, so it was really cool.”
Aeneas Hollins, who is the director of yachting at Christophe Harbour, said, “CrewFest is now firmly established on the international super yachts calendar, and has become an event of note… The event is primarily for super yacht crews, although at times, yacht owners and guest join the occasion.”
CrewFest includes a professional development component that is delivered by ACrew, an international professional development company.
The event also has strong support from the Ministry of Tourism that recently launched its Yachting Strategic and Implementation Plans for St. Kitts and Nevis, at a ceremony held at The Marina at Christophe Harbour.