With its pure white sands, crystal waters and flamboyant culture, Barbados makes the wish list of many a holidaymaker.
Thanks to their world famous festivals, street parties and rich heritage, Barbados truly has something for everyone. If you have booked Barbados with Travelbag, then be sure to check out these fantastic festivals for a sample of local culture.
Crop Over Festival
Top of the list is the world famous Crop Over Festival.
Renowned throughout the Caribbean, the Crop Over festival began in the 18th century, when Barbados was the worlds main producer of sugar cane.
It is still called the Crop Over to celebrate when the sugar cane for the year would be harvested.
Today, the festival is a fantastic riot of costumes, colour, food, music and art. A true assault on the senses!
Held annually every May, Crop Over allows the whole community to get involved. Browsing the busy streets, you will find brightly costumed dancers performing fantastic routines in feathers, jewels and beads, sample the food market selling traditional curried goat, BBQ chicken and a wide range of fruit and vegetables.
As well as fascinating street plays, murals and artwork, visitors can also get involved in craft workshops and browse eclectic traditional markets.
A true insight into Barbadian culture, and not to be missed!
Barbados Open Gardens Programme
On the last Saturday and Sunday of January, the awe-inspiringly talented BHS (Barbados Horticultural Society) showcase their beautiful show straight after returning from Chelsea Flower Show, usually laden with gold medals for their stunning creations.
Many of the beautiful gardens are true feats of colour and balance and showcase some of the most beautiful-and rare-flowers in the world, including many species unique to Barbados.
Some of the gardens may host stalls, allowing you to buy plants, seeds and craft items. Take a camera and prepare to be amazed!
No stay to Barbados would be complete without first checking out the sumptuous beachside Fish Festival.
Held in honour of the large fishing community on the island, the festival is home to a wide variety of local and regional fish dishes, delicacies and cookery demonstrations, including open BBQS!
With eclectic live bands and music such as the fascinating steel-pan and Tuk-bands, one of the major draws is the fish boning competition. Fun competitions for children include crab and boat racing. It’s a lively, entertaining atmosphere with delicious food.