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Renowned for its diverse attractions, lush beaches, tropical culture and local cuisine, Barbados is a vibrant country. As an expression of all these characteristics, the island brings together several festivals throughout the year, with a calendar that brings together gastronomy, music, sports and culture. Get to know some of the remarkable events of the Caribbean country.

crop over
The Crop Over festival brings together a series of events that mark the end of the sugarcane harvest on the island. Known as Carnival in Barbados, the celebration recalls the colonial past when sugar cane was the country's main activity. During the festivities, creativity boils over with indigenous art, crafts, calypso, flower festivals, folk concerts and revelry on Foreday Morning. But, it is the Grand Kadooment that is the climax of the festival; The event brings a group of masked people on the streets enchanting in a costumed band. Behind, the revelers weave through the streets in a kaleidoscope of color to the Spring Garden Highway, where the party continues into the night with more revelry, music, food and fireworks, set against the backdrop of picturesque Brighton Beach.

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival brings together renowned chefs to celebrate the wide variety of delicacies produced by the island – photo: Barbados Tourism

Barbados Food and Rum Festival
Each year in November, Barbados brings together locally, regionally and internationally renowned chefs to celebrate the wide variety of delicacies produced by the island. Barbados Food & Rum showcases the very best in international cuisine, as well as hosting culinary demonstrations from top chefs including Food Network stars Anne Burrell, Tyler Florence and Marcus Samuelsson.

Adding to the culinary experience are wine and rum experts, who are always on hand to share drinks and demonstrate how they pair with the various delicacies on display.

The festival is an agricultural exhibition, where farmers, artisans and farmers display their local products. Held annually in Queen's Park, in the capital Bridgetown, the exhibition usually attracts thousands of visitors over three days and is by far the largest agricultural event in Barbados. The event usually features more than two hundred exhibits, from livestock and vegetable gardens, to renewable energy and handicrafts, with healthy portions of food, bird shows, challenges for children and a lot of culture.

The Holetown Festival commemorates the landing of the first English settlers in Barbados – photo: Barbados Tourism

Holetown Festival
This week-long annual festival on the west coast commemorates the landing of the first British settlers in Barbados and usually begins with a re-enactment of this historic event. Week-long celebrations take place, with music, parties and the best of Barbadian cuisine and art. Festival-goers are also treated to a parade of dancers, marching bands, community groups and an impressive array of classic cars – primed and polished to perfection. .

Sandy Lane Gold Cup
The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is known as one of the biggest sporting events in Barbados. Horse racing, a highly prestigious event in the Eastern Caribbean, has become a complete spectacle with pomp, marching bands and dancers, combining sport and entertainment for the whole family. Sponsored by Sandy Lane since 1997, a range of events and activities, including polo matches, family days, golf tournaments, theater shows and street parades, have been introduced to build excitement ahead of the annual race, which attracts visitors and generates buzz. all around the world.

reggae festival
Reggae parties, cruises, concerts, dances and other large-scale events make up the week of April. The Barbados Reggae Festival is the island's most popular and widely anticipated reggae event, the festival brings together an impressive range of local, regional and international artists from the reggae music industry.

Founded in 2004, the festival remains strong and instrumental in broadening the interest and appeal of reggae in its various forms. As a major music event on the island, the event features a wide variety of artists and musicians attracting many visitors from all over the world.

NIFCA - National Independence Festival of Creative Arts

NIFCA – The National Independence Festival of Creative Arts – celebrates Barbados' independence through Bajan culture and the visual and performing arts.

First introduced in 1973, NIFCA showcases the best of Barbadian talent, with original performances from theatre, dance, music, literature, visual and culinary arts, photography and crafts. The festival offers an important opportunity for Barbadians – especially young people – to embrace the local culture, develop creativity and a spirit of fair competition, as works are evaluated by a jury that highlights the main works in the final event.


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Located at the end of a chain of Caribbean islands, Barbados is a unique and idyllic destination. With lush beaches and breathtaking landscapes, the Island is also rich in cultural, gastronomic and historical options for all types of travelers. No wonder its capital, Bridgetown, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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