Enticing tourists with fantastic St George tour
Pizza, fish sandwiches and wahoo nuggets ... Kristin White finds herself in a restaurant in the town of St George at least four times a week.
She decided to cash in on her habit after a conference that she helped to plan was presented with “an exorbitant bill” of $47 per person for a sandwich, a piece of fruit and a snack.
Shocked, she started the East End Eats Bicycle Tour in November.
Groups of 12 or fewer can sample appetiser-sized dishes from restaurants in the Olde Towne at a price that won’t break the bank.
“St George just has so much to offer in terms of food and the restaurants and bars are where the community hangs out and meets up,” said Ms White, who lives in the area and is the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s cultural tourism manager for St George’s and St David’s. She also runs a history tour in St George’s and owns Long Story Short, a gift shop on Water Street.
“I’d been thinking of doing a food tour for months and said for that amount I could give people an amazing meal in St George.”
Her foodie tour leaves from Long Story Short every Friday at 2pm.
Mama Angie’s Coffee Shop, Wahoo’s Bistro, Tempest Bistro and the Beach House at Blackbeard’s Hideout are typical stops. They usually cap the event off with a drink at the East End Mini Yacht Club. Along the way she likes to sneak in nuggets of St George’s history and culture.
“When we come to Tempest, we are able to tell them not just the story of the building but also the connection to Shakespeare’s Tempest,” she said.
“The Bermuda National Trust runs a beautiful edible garden with herbs and fruits, between Bridge House, Reeve Court and the State House.
“I’m able to tell the story of these places while showing them some local herbs. It is a cool way for me to show everything I love about the town — its history, food and culture.”
The aim is to get people to see the possibilities and go back later for a full meal. So far, she’s had a great response.
“There is a really great vibe down here in terms of the collaboration of the restaurants and the tour,” she said. “The restaurant owners are excited that they get to showcase their food and encourage people to come back for a full meal.”
Ms White moved to St George’s in 2003 with Dueane Dill, who is now her husband, and her five-year-old son, Zarai.
She quickly fell in love with the tight-knit community.
“I’ve just moved to a new neighbourhood but in my old one, in Wellington Park Road, everyone looked out for me, my son and my cat. I never had concerns there.
“It was a safe neighbourhood and friendly. I think that is how St George’s is. People are very generous of spirit. They don’t want you disrespecting their town or their cricket team, but they are very caring.
“My son is now 21 and a bartender at White Horse Tavern. During the summer, he does jet-ski tours. He considers himself to be from St George’s since we moved here when he was so young.”
Inadequate transportation is one of the biggest challenges the restaurants face, she believes.
“There is a real need for an east-west bus to go directly down South Road without making a detour to the bus terminal in Hamilton,” she said.
“The majority of visitors stay at hotels in the west. At the moment, they have to go into Hamilton and transfer to another bus.
“I know that requires money and investment at a time when the country doesn’t have much.
“I know other parts of the island want to see things happen too, but because of the potential of St George and its historical significance we feel like we should be more of a priority.”
She said the real aim of the food tours is to get people to see the possibilities and maybe go back later for a full meal.
• Tickets are $100 and available at www.ptix.bm. For more information, call 705-1838
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