BELIZE CITY, Belize, April 26, 2007 â€“ Belize is transformed into a food loverâ€™s paradise when the Central American country hosts its annual Lobsterfests. During the spring and summer months, food festivals abound in Belize and visitors who travel to this tropical vacation destination will want to take part in some of the most flavorful and fun-filled celebrations anywhere!
Lobsterfest, Placencia — June 24 â€“ 26, 2007
The tranquil and picturesque southern peninsula of Placencia comes alive as vibrant and hungry travelers from all over the world converge to get a taste of this most prized crustacean. Lobsterfest marks the opening of Belizeâ€™s lobster season and serves up a variety of lobster dishes, from the traditional and succulent red boiled lobster to more funky creations like Creole style, barbecued, frittered and lobster pizza.
While lobster lovers sample the variety of available cuisine, the festival also caters to the whole family, offering a number of competitions and games for children, cultural performances and handicrafts. Locals compete to become recognized for creating the best lobster dishes and cocktails, while visitors of the festival are encouraged to participate in the Fishermanâ€™s Day Saltwater Fishing Tournament â€“ a two-day fishing competition for prize catches of barracuda, kingfish or giant lobster.
For additional information on the Placencia Lobsterfest, visit www.placencia.com.
Caye Caulker Lobsterfest â€“ June 29 â€“ July 1, 2007
The tiny, palm-fringed island of Caye Caulker is an ideal backdrop for a laid-back Lobsterfest. This three-day festival is similar to a never-ending beach bash, complete with island music and excellent food and drink. Designed to honor the local fishermen who comprise the islandâ€™s main industry, Caye Caulker Lobsterfest offers visitors a large array of culinary treats and the opportunity to indulge in various water sports like manatee watching and sea kayaking. Caye Caulker also has a number of very affordable boutique resorts, quaint bed and breakfast accommodations, and guesthouse establishments with all the comforts of home. For more information, visit www.cayecaulkerbelize.net.
Snuggled between Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south, relaxed, English-speaking Belize is only a two-hour plane ride from the continental United States. The Cashew Festival and Lobsterfests present a unique opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand about the many foods and cultures of Belize. In addition, venture into a land rich in natural beauty and steeped in the magic of its Mayan past. Renowned for pristine waters, exotic marine and wildlife, lush unspoiled landscapes, and superb diving, Belize is Mother Natureâ€™s Best Kept Secret. For more information on Belize and their annual food festivals, please visit www.travelbelize.org, or call 1-800-624-0686.