The Bermuda Tourism Authority is bringing new elements to this year’s Peppercorn Ceremony to lure more visitors to the annual event in St George’s on April 23rd.

This only-in-Bermuda occurrence is a unique display of the island’s British cultural influences – bringing together moder-day dignitaries and centuries-old traditions that date back to 1815. The highlight of the ceremony is the freemasons’ presentation to the governor of the peppercorn to cover the cost of rent for one year in the State House.

The peppercorn is presented on a velvet pillow with the pomp and pageantry of the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band.

Bermuda Tourism Authority Product Development Manager Tashae Thompson said: “This experience has always been available to visitors at no cost and that will not change, but to enhance the experience and attract more visitors, our product and experiences team has worked with the Corporation of St George and the Freemasons Lodge to put together a special visitor package.

“We hope the same British charm that draws travelers to Buckingham Palace exists within the Peppercorn Ceremony.”

“The Peppercorn Ceremony is already in front of visitors at the website and hotel concierges and vacation rental owners are receiving information about the special visitor offering so they can pass it along to their guests,” said Ms Thompson. 

The visitor package includes a private tour of the State House, special seating at the ceremony and access to a garden party with some of Bermuda’s local dignitaries. The cost is $40.