Whether you’re there for the dancing, bright costumes and eclectic music to festivals celebrating the eclectic and varied Caribbean cuisine, we can help you find the perfect festival!

Holetown Festival

Holetown festival can be dated all the way back to the 17th century, and commemorates the first Barbados settlement in Holetown.

The week long festival is usually held in the middle of February, with wild opening celebrations and parties. Keep your eye on travel sites such as Travelbag to find the best priced flight for this period.

Holetown is fantastic for those seeking more insight into traditional Barbados heritage; with fascinating historical lectures and plays on Barbados’ rich culture, fashion shows, beauty contests and street parades from talented musicians, it’s a memorable look into the Barbadian way of life.

The highlight for many will be the Antique car parade, in which Colonial-era cars make their way through the streets, many of them priceless vintages in beautiful condition.

If you’re stuck on what to buy family and friends back home, you should check our the fantastic tents and stalls in the festival village, where talented local artists showcase everything from pottery, paintings, soaps, candles, sculptures and Bayan clothing.

At night, the Police Tattoo hold a fascinating outdoors night show. Featuring men and women from the Barbados Police Force, the canine unit, mounted troops, motorcycle unit and fantastic band are put on display: not to be missed!

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Wine and Rum Festival

Without doubt, one of the most popular Bayan festivals, visitors travel from all over the world to sample and observe the fascinating Barbados rum: how its made, preserved and presented; as well as sampling it, of course!

Often held in November, the month Bayan’s traditionally celebrate independence, the Island also welcomes the very best of international and celebrity chefs, who prepare amazing banquets on the beaches.

Visitors can expect several days of the very best local and international cuisine, as well as fascinating cookery demonstrations and guides-everything from Indian, French, Asian, Japanese, German and European foods are prepared and sampled.

Even better, wine experts are on hand to suggest and demonstrate excellent wine and meal pairings to bring out the subtle flavourings.

Barbados is also home to Rum. No festival would ever be complete without this traditional local spirit. Stroll down to the beaches come evening for fascinating demonstrations to see just what goes into making the perfect Rum Punch, and explore the rich history, culture and trade.

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[divider_5px]About the author: Franklin J Reilly has recently moved to the Caribbean and loves the change of lifestyle compared to his time in the UK. This post was provided by Travelbag.