Where better than the island gems of the Caribbean, to sample freshly caught fish, cooked before your eyes and washed down with a local beer or rum? Friday night is party night in Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia so join in the fun.
The three islands of Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia have earned a fine reputation for sharing the catch of the day with whoever wanders by. My advice is, don't miss out, taste this delicious street food, mingle with the locals and enjoy unique island life.
Oistins in Barbados has long been the island's most reputable fishing port and largest fish market. Over the years visitors have joined in the Friday night celebrations and today Fish Fry is a major tourist attraction in Barbados, second only to Harrison Caves. It's a brilliant opportunity to enjoy freshly caught fish, including flying fish, snapper, tuna, sword fish and many more, with local foods such as coleslaw, breadfruit, cou cou and rice, all cooked in huge pans. It's a venue for all ages and lasts well past the witching hour. You may even come across some' Windies' cricketers, after all Barbados has produced many of the World's greatest.
In Grenada, as you approach the northwest fishing village of Gouyave, you'll see a poster of the town's pride and joy, Kirani James, Grenada's first and only Olympic Gold Medallist, (400 metres). The town comes alive from 6pm and the fun continues till after midnight. I would suggest an early arrival so you have the best choice before the favourites run out. Vendors line the streets with their steamers, grills and fryers to prepare mouth watering delicacies such as shrimp stir fry, lobster, crabbacks, the most delicious fishcakes and more. On a recent visit, when the music and dancing was in full swing, I noticed a policeman moving to the music, in the way only a Caribbean can. He obviously had to keep himself in check otherwise he would have been partying with the crowds.
Last but by no means least is St Lucia's 'Fish Friday', where nothing less than a street party takes place every week at Anse la Raye. On my first visit to the island I went to the Friday night street party in Gros Islet Village but as the town grew and the numbers swelled, the villagers of Anse la Raye decided to introduce their own Fish Friday. Here street vendors set up stalls to cook the wonderful freshly caught fish. You can choose anything from lobster, octopus, Dorado and shrimp to red snapper and more...., all cooked lovingly with local ingredients to produce, some of the tastiest mouthfuls ever. All this can be washed down by a beverage of your choice, be it rum, chilled beer, soft drinks or 'Adam's Ale'.
I can't think of anywhere in the world where there is such an abundance and variety of fish. Prepared with or without local ingredients, I promise you'll taste the finest fruits of the sea - and all at a giveaway price.