The warm and friendly locals of Barbados just love to celebrate – any excuse for a party, music and dancing. Throughout the year there are a whole host of amazing events and festivals to enjoy where the island comes alive with that infectious Caribbean spirit that makes coming here so irresistible.
SUGAR & RUM SEASON
15 JANUARY - 15 APRIL
Find out how Barbados heritage is inextricably linked with sugar and rum following the transformation of the island after the products’ introduction in the 1640s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the sugar and rum trade was eclipsed by tourism and this extended festival is a celebration that will tell the island’s story in a creative and experiential way. During this time, you can experience unique activities and special events including rum distillery tours, sugar and rum cooking classes, chocolate making classes, mixology shows, history lectures, spa treatments, street and beach parties, an Open House Season, a big BBQ, as well as slave route, cane factory, windmill and rum shop tours.
MAY - AUGUST
The most famous festival in Barbados and by far the most fun time of year to be there, this fabulous six-week event marks the end of the Sugar Cane Crop season. We think it’s worth the trip alone to experience the exciting party atmosphere, where the celebrations never seem to end. From indigenous arts and crafts displays to calypso and folk concerts, culminating in the most energetic and colourful Grand Kadooment procession on the final night of the festivities, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all ages to enjoy. Everyone dons elaborate costumes as they make their way through the streets, with fireworks, set against the picturesque backdrop of Brighton beach, lighting up the night and bringing the curtain down on weeks of revellery.
BARBADOS FOOD & RUM FESTIVAL
18 - 21 OCTOBER
Foodies will delight at seeing some of the world’s top chefs descend on this vibrant island for a week of cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and glamorous parties at the most indulgent festival imaginable. Take your taste buds on a journey through Bajan cuisine and rum at the annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival, which takes place in October this year. Featuring acclaimed international and local world-class chefs, rum experts and mixologists, this event will introduce you to the best of Barbados food and drink. Watch renowned chefs whip up local dishes, visit markets bursting with mouthwatering street food, sample drinks prepared by expert mixologists, and try Bajan classics such as rice and peas, flying fish, cou-cou and macaroni pie.
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