History of The Caye Caulker Lobsterfest
The Caye Caulker Lobsterfest started on July 1994 by the Islanders Veterans Football Club. It is the original Lobsterfest of Belize, boasting 18 years and counting. It all commenced when team members of the football team would get together on weekends to socialize and the idea of celebrating the opening of the lobster season by having a festival was suggested. The team consisted of local fishermen under the captainship of Mr. Porfelio Guzman and Vice Captain Mr. Jerry Badillo Jr. who are both fishermen. They supported the idea and the first festival was held in July 1994. July was the opening of the lobster season.
After the season was changed from July to June hence was the change of the festival dates to every ending of June. Ever since the Lobster Festival was celebrated every year and each year became bigger and better organized.
The festival became the biggest event celebrated on the Island and attracts all Belizeans and tourists visiting the island. Today under new management, Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is still the number one event celebrated on Caye Caulker and has attracted international attention from many countries. In addition the event continues to develop in many aspects the betterment of our beautiful Caye.
The Festival starts on a Friday with the crowing of Miss Lobster Fest and last until the Sunday with all day beach party and the closing of the festival. Highlights and things to look forward each and every year is our Grand Opening Ceremonies held on the Saturday, live displays of live Lobsters, weighing in of the biggest Lobster for the weekend brought in by our local fishermen, our main dance event hosted on the Saturday Night and of course all sorts of delicious and mouth watering Lobster dishes. The atmosphere at Lobster Fest is always a festive one of fun, activities, and enjoyment for everyone from the youngest to the oldest family member.
50% of the festival’s income is generated back into the community. The past years we have been supporting the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School.
Update: This year its happening on the weekend of Friday, June 27, 2014 to Sunday, June 29, 2014
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