Special Festivals to experience in Belize

Travellers seek out unique, authentic cultural experiences to enjoy during their holiday, so keep these colourful celebrations in mind when scheduling travels to Belize:

Belize Chocolate Festival
Belize Chocolate Festival – Image from My Beautiful Belize

Chocolate Festival: Cacao, the source of chocolate, grows abundantly in the Toledo District, which celebrates its sweet delicacy with an annual Chocolate Festival, coming up this year May 23-25. Cacao producers share their finest chocolate confections, dishes, drinks, and cocktails during the rustic street fairs in Punta Gorda and nearby Lubaantun. The Belikin brewery serves its special Chocolate Stout just for the festival, which also features cuisine, music, crafts, and cultural presentations.

For more information on the Chocolate Festival click HERE and here is another article about Chocolate in Central America.

Lobster Festival in Belize with Viaventure
Lobster Festival in Belize

Lobster Festivals: When the lobster season opens in mid-June, three towns stage lively celebrations featuring the tasty crustacean and other seafood dishes. The 2020 festivals occur in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye from June 11-20; Placencia celebrates June 26-28; and Caye Caulker parties July 3-5. Chefs prepare lobster in an assortment of mouth-watering dishes, such as ceviche, kebabs, tacos, fajitas, pizza, chowder, and more. Drink stands offer an endless flow of Belize’s national brew, Belikin beer, and delicious, tropical cocktails. Live music, dancing, and contests add to the fun.

For more information on the Lobster Festival across Belize click HERE

Garifuna drumming with Viaventure
Garifuna Drumming – Image Belize Tourism Board

Garifuna Settlement Day: On Nov. 19 annually, Garifuna Settlement Day commemorates the arrival of the first Garifuna in 1832. Celebrations in Dangriga, Hopkins, and Punta Gorda showcase the rich, unique Garifuna culture through live music (punta and punta rock genres), processions, drumming, and traditional dancing. Vendors offer traditional Garifuna dishes, such as cassava pudding, hudut (a fish stew made with plantains), and darasa (a tamale-like snack made with green bananas and coconut milk). A fusion of African and Carib Indian cultures, the Garifuna culture is a UNESCO Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

For more information about Garifuna Settlement day across the Caribbean and Central America click HERE

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