It’s a national symbol of the Turks and Caicos, a local delicacy and the country’s No. 1 export. We’re talking, of course, about conch—the marine life that’s celebrated every year at the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival.
Visitors and locals celebrate the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival in the month of November. Restaurants from all over the island are on hand serving up their best conch dishes. There’s always a variety of conch recipes to choose from, ranging from traditional fare like conch salad, fritters and stew, to more eclectic dishes like conch wontons, empanadas, and yes—even conch pancakes.
In addition to the food, there is live music and entertainment—including the traditional conch shell blowing competition. And did we mention the festival is normally setup steps away from the beach?
The Conch Festival started in 2004 with the goal of bringing more people to Blue Hills, one of the original settlements of Providenciales. The charm of Blue Hills today is found in its lack of development, with the main Blue Hills Road running parallel with the ocean shore. Without a doubt, the road is the most scenic on the island and is worth the drive any time year. Blue Hills is mainly a residential area dotted with local restaurants and shops, offering visitors a look at what the island was like many years ago.
If you plan to go to the Conch Festival this year, be sure to go on an empty stomach. No doubt you’re going to leave a few pounds heavier—tis the season, after all.
When you’re planning an event in the Turks and Caicos, be it a wedding, family reunion or corporate event, one of the most critical aspects of planning is finding the right venue. There are plenty of factors to consider, from space and privacy, to music and catering. And at Triton, we have all the bases covered so you can host an event your guests will rave about for years to come.
When it comes to events on the beach, unwanted spectators can become an issue—particularly on certain areas of Grace Bay Beach. But with its prime location on the southern shore of Providenciales, Long Bay Beach offers the privacy and seclusion that guarantees you won’t have unexpected bystanders hanging around.
Beyond the beach, Triton offers a variety of areas throughout the villa property to host your event—including two beachfront decks, pool decks and a sunset garden area. Sliding glass doors throughout the villa make it possible to connect the indoor area with the outdoors, creating a seamless space that can accommodate hundreds of guests. If you’re trying to play a movie or a slideshow (baby photos of the bride and groom, anyone?), you and your guests can cozy around the firepit and use the outdoor cinema.
You can’t have a great party without high-quality catering that can accommodate a variety of food preferences and dietary needs. With private chef services, Triton’s chef will handle the catering from menu planning to execution. And to help during your meal service or reception, Triton’s butler’s and support staff are eager to assist.
So you have space, privacy and catering taken care of. But we’re forgetting one thing that’s critical to your event’s mood and atmosphere: The music. Whether you choose to have a band, DJ or solo musician we will place you in touch with the best Destination Management Companes and Wedding Planners to bring your vision together. If you choose to use your own music, Triton has a top-of-the-line wireless sound system throughout the villa with full streaming capabilities. With the press of a button, you can control the music from wherever you are on the property, so you don’t have to run room to room to change the song or control the sound.
Whatever your needs may be for your Turks and Caicos wedding or event, there’s nothing we haven’t thought of. Get in touch to start planning your event at Triton Luxury Villa on Long Bay Beach.