Taste of West Bay Draws Double Turnout
More than 700 people purchased tickets to sample the cuisine of 13 West Bay restaurants at the third annual Taste of West Bay promotion July 20, organized by the West Bay Business Association. The turnout was double last year’s.
Organizers said 1,000 food tickets were sold in advance and 4,600 the day of the event. Tickets cost $1 and entitled the holders to purchase samples from booths on the beach for between one and five tickets. Participants also were given “passports” that could be stamped at each booth. Those who visited all 13 and sampled food at at least five were eligible for raffle prizes totaling more than $2,000. Proceeds from the ticket sales went 70 percent to participating restaurants to cover costs. The WBBA retained 20 percent and 10 percent was donated to the Roatan Marine Park.
The Mayan Princess booth was judge the best decorated, and Celeste’s Island Cuisine was judged to have the best food.
The prize drawing took place at an after party the San Simon Beach Club, with musical entertainment by Carleen Roth and Dave Barons. The top prizes were two-night accommodation packages from Mayan Princess, Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort and Grand Roatan.
Murray Russ, WBBA vice president and owner of Captain Van’s Rentals, said the WBBA was happy with this year’s turnout and planned to repeat the event in July 2015. He said his favorite dish was Vintage Pearl’s coconut flan.
Russ thanked the many volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly and invited West Bay Businesses that were not already WBBA members to join by visiting www.roatanwestbay.org, visiting the association’s Facebook page or e-mailing email@example.com.
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