POND ISLAND: This time of year St. Maarten is usually in the throes of the annual carnival season, but the pandemic has caused the cancellation of the island’s biggest cultural festival for a second year in a row. However, there is still one aspect of carnival that is still readily available: food in Festival Village.
Several booths in the Festival Village are open and serving food and drinks year round. The food offered at the booths covers various cuisines from local flavors in barbeque chicken and ribs, Johnny cakes, and rice and peas to Surinamese delights and nouveau dishes. The Festival Village is also an open air space with only outdoor seating for dining and drinks.
Its open grounds are good for families seeking a safe place away from traffic for their children to play and ride their bikes. The food booths in the Festive Village are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner.