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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

5 Fun Festivals To Attend In Barbados

Don't you love a festival? They are so much fun. Whether local in your community, in the Caribbean, or elsewhere, you're bound to meet lots of people, discover new music, eat decadent food, and have endless memories.

Here are 5 Barbados Festivals to consider:

1. Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Every late October / early November, visitors flock to Barbados for the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival.

The destination is a mecca for famous local, regional, and international chefs who join worldwide foodies to celebrate its wide range of epicurean delights.

The festival offers the best of international cuisine and cooking demonstrations by top chefs, including Anne Burrell, Tyler Florence, Marcus Samuelsson, Rob Feenie, Anthony Giglio, and Carla Hall, to name a few.

Wine and rum experts add to the culinary experience by showcasing their respective beverages and demonstrating how they pair with the various epicurean treats.

With breathtaking natural scenery, lovely people, and exquisite food and beverages, all that's missing are you and your friends and family.

2. Gospelfest

Barbados' Gospelfest is considered the premier gospel festival in the Caribbean, intended to "help shape the moral landscape of our nation, the region, and the world."

Most Barbadians are Christian. With many churches across the island and church-goers, there's no wonder they have a festival of Christian worship in music, song, dance, mime, and testimony.

Over two weeks in May, many A-list Christian and Gospel entertainers perform during Gospelfest, showcasing diverse genres of uplifting gospel music.

The event features local and international artists and has all the flair you'd expect from any Caribbean production.

3. Reggae Festival

The Barbados Reggae Festival includes a week of reggae parties, cruises, shows, and dances. The event usually takes place in April.

The event showcases a wide range of world-class international, regional, and local entertainers, musicians, and visitors from around the world. It's arguably the most popular event in Barbados.

Since its 2004 inception, the festival has been instrumental in widening the appeal of Reggae. Over the years, it has evolved into a 4 event festival to show off its various forms.

You'll love being introduced to additional genre variations and experiencing their culture.

4. Run Barbados

Run Barbados is a long-distance running event. In 1983, the event only offered a 10K and a marathon, both starting and finishing at the Bay Street Esplanade overlooking Carlisle Bay on the outskirts of Bridgetown.

The road race has grown so much that it is now called the Powerade Run Barbados event. The event has a 5k, a 10k, a midnight fun mile run and walk, a half-marathon, and a marathon to satisfy the appetite of local runners and faithful overseas athletes.

The race is usually held around Barbados' Independence Day (November 30) to maximize participation and enjoyment.

I'm calling out all runners. Imagine taking a run while taking in the breathtaking scenery from one of the world's top beaches, Crane Beach.

5. Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf Tournament

Jazz Sax-Man and Barbadian-born recording artist Elan Trotman hosts a weekend of concerts, island excursions, and charity golf in Barbados.

It's over Columbus Day Weekend and has the best contemporary jazz and R&B performers lineup. The event also has a simplified schedule that allows more time to enjoy the island's alluring tropical beauty.

There's nothing quite like a day on the links; the Barbados Golf Festival allows golfers from different clubs around the island to spend several days teeing off to their hearts' content!

With a packed social program, golfers and their partners can spend time together and enjoy all the festivities and the golf tournament.

If you're unsure where to start planning your trip to Barbados or somewhere else on your bucket list, we'd love to help you. We work with many different budgets and styles of travel. Reach out today to arrange a quick 15-minute chat at a time that's convenient for you.

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