Hamilton, Bermuda (January 11, 2019) – Local diners can play a starring role on social media in this year’s Bermuda Restaurant Weeks. The culinary promotion gets underway next week on Thursday, January 17 and will last until February 3, 2019.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority, which manages the restaurant campaign, released the list of 49 participating restaurants – including the first appearance of Tempest in the east end and the return of Blu in the west end. Restaurateurs from across the island will offer two-course lunches at $22 and three-course dinners at fixed price tiers of $32, $42 and $52. A webpage debuted today to guide diners through the options available to them.

While partaking in Bermuda Restaurant Weeks, locals are asked to share short video testimonials on social media using #BermudaRW. Once posted, the Bermuda Tourism Authority can share the most engaging user generated content with visitors, so they see and hear the recommendations of local residents.

“Whether it’s on TripAdvisor, Google reviews or on your own social channels, visitors genuinely value the recommendations of locals. It’s our goal during Bermuda Restaurant Weeks to raise the profile of what locals are saying about where to eat so that visitors benefit from that insider knowledge,” said Pat Phillip-Fairn, chief product and experiences development officer at the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

Short video reviews with the BermudaRW hashtag should at least detail:

where the meal took place
what about the experience was memorable
where on the Restaurant Weeks list the reviewer wants to go next
During each week of Restaurant Weeks, the most compelling video poster, as decided by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, will win a future Restaurant Weeks meal. Visitors and locals are eligible to participate as long as their post is public.

Additionally, diners are encouraged to vote in the People’s Choice Award to signal visitors about their endorsements. Voting will take place online. Only restaurants featuring Bermuda-inspired dishes qualify for this award, in order to highlight the island’s food culture in the visitor experience. This year Lost in the Triangle defends its 2018 title after taking the People’s Choice prize last year for both lunch and dinner. LITT will have different restaurants to compete against this time around given the involvement of Tempest and Blu. Also, Strykz Bowling Lounge makes its inaugural appearance on the lunch list.

This is the eighth year of Bermuda Restaurant Weeks. It takes place in the winter months to enhance the experience of wintertime visitors. Bermuda Marathon Weekend and Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts visitors are among those who will benefit from the special dining offers over the next few weeks.