Taste and Tradition: Dive into the Colourful Tapestry of Belize Summer Festivals

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Hannah Lajara

Release Date

Friday, June 14, 2024

From the Chocolate Festival in May to celebrating the country’s Independence Day in September, summer is a season to connect with Belize’s soul through food, music and community. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is proud that not only do these festivals showcase the country's cultural depth, but they also uphold principles of sustainability for a lasting impact.  
Below are some of Belize’s summer standouts that you can sink your tastebuds into – if you are interested in exploring a story idea further or a potential press trip opportunity, please get in touch! 
  • The Chocolate Festival of Belize (May 17-19, 2024) held annually in Toledo District, is a celebration of cacao farmers, local chocolatiers and Maya heritage. Through chocolate tastings and makings, cultural performances and educational workshops, the festival highlights the cultural significance of cacao while promoting sustainability and providing economic opportunities for local communities. By fostering awareness and engagement, this festival contributes to the long-term viability of Belize’s chocolate industry while showcasing the importance of cacao farming and the country’s cultural heritage.  

  • What is summer without feasting on lobster in Belize? The Lobster Festival of Belize are sumptuous celebrations that mark the opening of the lobster season, offering a mix of delicious food, lively music, and cultural experiences for both locals and tourists. Explore this vibrant summer festival scene from July 1st to 13th, 2024, featuring Caye Caulker's festivities showcasing unique lobster dishes alongside live music and games, Placencia's cultural extravaganza with local art and traditions paired with delectable lobster dishes, and San Pedro's lively beach parties and music events celebrating the island's seafood cuisine. 

  • Another Beautiful Day in San Antonio (ABDISA) is an annual event where the culture and resilience of the Yucatec Maya community come to life. On June 16, visitors can immerse themselves in competitions like corn shelling and corn grinding and visit various booths highlighting education, archaeology and business within the Maya community. Traditional dances and music create a lively atmosphere, while delicious cuisine tantalizes the taste buds, promising attendees an unforgettable experience while reflecting the community’s commitment to holistic well-being and sustainability.  

  • Savour the rhythm as the Belize Tourism Board presents the dynamic two-day Belize International Music & Food Festival (July 27-28, 2024), a delightful mix of musical and cuisine delights. In July, visitors will be captivated by the country’s diverse musical lineup, filled with top artists and lively performances. The festival provides a fusion of musical genres ranging from Punta, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall, and Latin beats that extends to the food court when you immerse yourself in the unique cultures of Belize. Taste the flavours from the kaleidoscopic cuisines and beverages prepared by local vendors from every corner of the country in this vibrant festival! 

  • September marks a special month in Belize, as the country comes together to revel with pride leading up to Independence Day, celebrated every September 21st. This year, Belize observes its 43rd year of freedom and independence with a day full of activities, colourful street parades, lively music and a celebration of authentic Belizean cuisine across its distinct regions.  The Belize City Carnival, held on the Saturday before September 10th, features colorful floats, costumed dancers, marching bands, and drummers parading through the streets of Belize City. Participants wear elaborate costumes reflecting Belizean culture, history, and current events. Spectators can enjoy pop-up food stalls, live music, and other entertainment, making it a lively event. 

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