Annually, during the Commonwealth holiday weekend, the Toledo District hosts the Chocolate Festival of Belize and this year it happened on May 23rd – 25th, 2014. On Friday there was the Wine and Chocolate celebration, Saturday was the Taste of Toledo street fair on front street in Punta Gorda and on Sunday, the closing ceremonies took place at the beautiful Lubaantun Maya ruins.
I’m very proud of this festival, it showcases something that the country produces very well and most importantly, it promotes tourism to the less visited Southern Belize. Earlier this week I shared a blog post written by San Pedro Scoop on my Facebook fan page but today I ran into a beautiful selection of photos by the Belize Tourism Board and thought it would be nice if I shared my top 10 favourite photographs that capture how fun the event was.
10 Photos of the Chocolate Festival of Belize
Cocoa pods, without this there’s no chocolate! The meat is so delicious.
Mayan getting ready to perform a special dance. Love the colours…
Beer battered lionfish? Say whaaat! Eating lionfish is a great way to help the reef against those critters
Happy chocolate face. That smile is priceless…
Garifuna drumming group providing quality entertainment. Beat those turtle shells, buddy…
Happy times trying different types of chocolate.
Caribbean Vibes band, they are from Corozal in Northern Belize.
Local wines and refreshments. You need it to beat the warm weather in Belize.
Food for the soul – look at those smiles. That’s a true happy meal, right?
A few local arts and craft were sold during the festival. Sales from these jewellery supports the local Mayan villages.
Since everyone can’t make it during the cocoa fest, here’s a few similar tours worth checking out when you visit Toledo:
Farm to Bean by IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate www.ixcacaomayabelizeanchocolate.com
The Belize Spice Farm & Botanical Gardens www.belizespicefarm.com
Experience how the Maya of Big Falls live http://youtu.be/MQo5gUkrn7k