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BARBADOS’ 2018 Annual Event Lineup

Barbados’ 2018 Annual Event Lineup

There are many festivals, marathons and events in Barbados that make any time of year worthy of a visit. Visitors will be completely immersed in Bajan culture by checking out some of the events below:

Known as one of the Seven Magnificent Festivals of Barbados, this fun festival has showcased the Holetown region’s unique culture since 1977. From a variety of music performances such as Gospel, Classical, Tuk Band and Calypso and Folk Dancing, to The Queen of the Festival Pageant, there are many exciting features that make the festival a must-see. ​

 

Barbados’ equestrian season is popular for good reason – there are many incredible horse races on the island that stand out beyond any other Caribbean destination. The Sandy Lane Gold Coast Race is a prestigious horse race and attracts thousands of visitors each year and is incredibly fun to watch. Since its inception in 1982, international athletes have taken part in this race as the Gold Cup is one of the most sought-after awards in the equestrian world.

 

The charming, north-western Speightstown is filled with life and celebrations each Saturday in March. Visitors and locals come together to enjoy freshly prepared Bajan fare while dancing the night away with incredible entertainment. while enjoying the sweet sights and sounds of the hottest in Barbadian entertainment. Visitors can watch the sun set on the west coast and enjoy the incredible views, while taking in a unique piece of Barbadian life.

 

This week-long music festival has received international acclaim, with performances from leading regional and local reggae artistes. The 2018 Reggae festival includes the Reggae Beach Party, Vintage Reggae Show and Dance, Reggae Party Cruise and the popular Reggae on the Hill which takes place at the historic Farley Hill National Park.

 

Dubbed as The World’s Greatest Soca Party, Soca on De Hill is an annual event that brings music lovers together for a day of picturesque views on Farley Hill and incredible entertainment. Guests can listen to top local and international soca artists – past acts include Lil Rick, Edwin Yearwood, Stiffy and Marzville.

 

The most popular festival of Barbados, this months-long celebration honours the 200-year old tradition of the end of the sugar cane season with an exciting extravaganza of live music and traditional dancing. The festival now celebrates all that is Bajan with dusk till dawn parties, arts and crafts markets and culinary-driven street fares. The final week includes the island’s most colourful and spirited celebrations. Grand Kadooment Day, the final day of the festival, sees masquerade bands making their way to Spring Garden highway with revellers dressed in decorated costumes dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

 

Headed into its 5th year, this jazz music festival is headed by renowned contemporary jazz saxophonist, Elan Trotman, to celebrate Barbados’ musical history and diverse culture. Past performers include Grammy award-winning artists Will Downing and Norman Brown, as well as Barbados’ “Queen of Soca,” Alison Hinds. The festival on Columbus Day weekend also includes fun for golf enthusiasts with events taking place at some of Barbados’ finest golf courses, including Sandy Lane Country Club, Barbados Golf Club and Apes Hill Golf Club.

 

Taking place in one of the top racing circuits in the Caribbean, Bushy Park, this one-day festival promises spectators an exciting day of circuit racing, drag racing and karting. This event is a family favourite that brings international racers such as Former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button to take part in the activities and showcase Barbados’ love of sports.

 

Premiere surf competitions take place in Barbados over these four days as the island one of the best surf spots in the world. The beaches along the Barbados coast of Bathsheba will brim with excitement as these high-performance events showcase the best athletes competing for the top spot. The festival also has an Independence Bikini Contest, live music, local food, arts and crafts and much more.

 

Run Barbados, a marathon that began in the 1980s, is one of the oldest series of races in the Caribbean. From a 5k to a full marathon, visitors can participate in one of the hottest and most scenic runs in the world. The marathon weekend concludes with a Beach Party, filled with entertainment, food and drinks where runners, their family, friends, supporters and all the public are encouraged to come down to the Bay St. Esplanade for a good time.

 

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Barbados to host 8th Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference

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BARBADOS TO HOST 8TH ANNUAL AFRICAN DIASPORA HERITAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE

TORONTO (July 31, 2012) – Barbados is set to host the 8th Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference from September 17 to 19, 2012. Hundreds of visitors from around the world will meet in Barbados to discuss “Our Heritage, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover,” the theme of this year’s conference. The conference will bring renewed focus to the rich histories of the African Diaspora and provide fresh insights in to the ever-expanding cultural heritage tourism market.

Barbados’ commitment to the rich histories and heritage of the African Diaspora is longstanding. Efforts in this regard have culminated in the development of the Barbados Slave Route Heritage Trail – Freedom Footprints: The Barbados Story and in the recent inscription of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

“Heritage and culture is a growing niche in the tourism offering of Barbados,” said Cheryl Carter, Senior Business Development Manager for the Barbados Tourism Authority in Canada. “Canadian visitors have always looked to experience our culture and history while visiting our island and we are pleased that there are ever-expanding opportunities for them to do so.”

Conference participants will be able to experience the Freedom Footprints Trail and Tour. This trail visits signed sites and places of memory related to slavery and the slave trade. The tour commences at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society with a short tour of select galleries before proceeding to the site of ‘The Cage’, at Heroes Square in Bridgetown. The tour continues on to Bourne’s Land and the Newton Slave Burial Ground then across the island to Sweet Bottom, St. George and Gun Hill Signal station.

The recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage property, Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison, is another example of the rich historic offering in Barbados. As the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Bridgetown played an important role in the growth of the British Empire, not only as a colony, but as a projection of power for the British military in the Atlantic World and a trade hub in the region. Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison contains listed sites and buildings that speak to the development of a town of medieval design into a major port town and garrison with significant civic, commercial and military buildings in the West Indies.

More information about the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference and travel packages is available at www.adhtBarbados.com.

Getting there:

Air Canada currently provides daily direct service to Barbados from Toronto with two additional direct flights from Montreal over the winter months. For further information and flight promotions, visit www.aircanada.com.

WestJet makes it both easy and affordable to get to Barbados, offering non-stop flights from Toronto five times a week. Ticket information is available at www.westjet.com.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados has hosted its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010. The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport accommodates non-stop and direct service from Toronto daily on Air Canada with 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.268.9122.

Sun, Sand & Football – CFL players bring fans and football to Barbados

SUN, SAND AND FOOTBALL
Canadian Football League Players Association starts the ‘pre-season’ in Barbados

TORONTO – June 21, 2012 – Twenty-four players representing every team in the Canadian Football League donned their helmets and protective gear in Barbados this past May for the ultimate fantasy camp.

The event, part of an exciting partnership between the Barbados Tourism Authority and the Canadian Football League Players Association, brought together some of the biggest names in Canadian Football, including B.C. Lions’ Quarterback and Grey Cup champion Korey Banks, Hamilton Tiger Cats’ Henry Burris, Montreal Alouettes’ Anthony Cavillo and Etienne Boulay.

While in Barbados, these professional athletes hosted a number of workshops and clinics where they instructed young Barbadian schoolboys about the basic rules of the game and donated equipment to several schools in support of the development of football on the schools’ curriculum.

Prior to the football workshops, a nationwide online contest to find the biggest CFL fans in Canada took place and sixteen lucky fans qualified and travelled to the Turtle Beach Resort from May 2-6 for four days of football drills, sun and competition with their Canadian football heroes.

While football was the main reason for the camp, it certainly wasn’t the only item on the camp itinerary. An East versus West showdown on Turtle Beach in tug-of-war and dodge-the-ball competitions; a ‘Best-Ball’ golf tournament at the Barbados Golf Club and “Hockey Night in Barbados” at Bert’s Bar completed the week’s activities. Fierce competition erupted at the Barbados Defence Force training grounds when fans and players and fans went head-to-head on the obstacle course.

The CFL players’ fantasy camp created an island-wide buzz which set the stage for the second annual Barbados British Airways Football Legends Invitational. This event brought former European football legends to the island for an all-star tournament at Kensington Oval in Barbados from May 26-27, 2012. It welcomed eight English six-a-side teams including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and a Professional Footballers’ Association all-star team confirming, that Barbados is indeed a world class sports destination.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane Beach, St. Philip, voted on of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Regarded by many as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados is home to numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation house and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from Toronto daily on Air Canada, 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados<http://www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados> and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Barbados<http://www.twitter.com/Barbados>. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org<http://www.visitbarbados.org> or Call 1-800-268-9122.

Summer in Barbados. 2012 news

JUMP DOWN TO BARBADOS FOR CROP OVER
Summer in Barbados is filled with colour and calypso!

 

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ORONTO (May 16, 2012) – Barbados comes alive every summer with the sights and sounds of its biggest, most-fun and most-loved festival, but these months are also filled with music and cultural events that will keep the entire family entertained. A new addition to this summer’s lineup is the Barbados Summer Arts Festival displaying the talents of local artisans. However, the biggest event on every Barbadian’s calendar is the Crop Over festival which, for the first time, will include mini Kadooments highlighting the regional diversity of Barbados. 

The main event of the Barbados Summer Arts Festival is the Arts Mart on the Hastings Boardwalk from May 25-27. Local artists will display their works ranging from jewelry and fashion to glass creations and visual arts. Music, poetry and prose readings will transform the bustling boardwalk into a hub of creative activity.

 

The Crop Over festival has several new additions to its 12-week long calendar of events, including a  series of mini Kadooments. The first mini Kadooment on April 14 highlighted the west coast experience. Other mini Kadooments will be held in the East in St. Andrew parish on May 28 and in the North in St. Peter parish on June 20. Also new for this year is the Bridgetown by Night Heritage Tour on Sunday, June 3. This tour, where dramatizations and costumed characters will showcase some of Bridgetown’s rich history, celebrates the designation of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage Site.

 

The busiest weekend in the Crop Over calendar starts on Friday, August 3 with the Pic-O-De-Crop Finals, where the top ten finalists compete for the crown in a vibrant calypso competition. The excitement continues on August 4 at the Foreday Morning Jam and at colourful all night party at Cohobblopot which showcases some of the biggest performers from the Caribbean. After a quick costume change, it’s time for the official end of Crop Over – Grand Kadooment on August 6, 2012.

 

The pinnacle of the festival, the Grand Kadooment, is an island-wide, elaborately costumed celebration when more than 15,000 costumed dancers in 25 bands take to the streets of Bridgetown in the ultimate party parade to the rhythms of steel pan drums, soca and calypso. Last year, Rihanna “jumped down da road” with Baje International band setting entertainment websites on fire. Spectators line Spring Garden Highway as the season’s soca stars compete to earn the coveted Tune of the Crop title.

 

The origin of the festival dates back to the 1780s when Barbados was one of the world’s foremost sugar producers and has evolved to become a series of entertainment and heritage events.  Visitors from all over the Caribbean, North America and Europe flock to Barbados each year to experience this lively showcase of the multi-faceted Barbadian culture, in addition to its pristine beaches, breathtaking sunsets, Zagat-rated cuisine and vibrant nightlife.  During the final three days of Crop Over, Spring Garden Highway is the heart of the festival. The entire stretch of road is converted to ‘Bridgetown Market’ a bustling marketplace of arts and crafts, traditional foods, plus entertainment including steel bands, dance groups, folk performers, gospel singers and calypsonians.

 

For further information on the 2012 Crop Over Festival, go to www.visitbarbados.org/cropover  or www.barbadoscropoverfestival.com . Alternatively, contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at               1-800-268-9122       

Celtic Festival Barbados, June 7-14th, 2012

Celtic meets the Caribbean: Canadian dancers join Barbados festival

Island’s celtic ties are celebrated in this festival of dance, music, food and more

 

TORONTO, ON (May 7, 2012) – Nova Scotian youth dance troupe “Celtic Fusion” will be bringing their kilts and kicks to the beautiful island of Barbados for the annual Celtic Festival Barbados. Taking place from June 7th-14th, the troupe hailing from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia will participate in the festival celebrating the country’s ties to Ireland, Wales and Scotland through music, dancing, food and sport.

 

Bagpipers will kick off the celebrations at sundown on June 7th and take over the South Coast Boardwalk in Bridgetown. The festival gets rocking at the Plantation Theatre on June 8th with Scottish folk group, the Peatbog Faeries, and Irish songstress Sarah Macbeth and her band.

 

Alongside the sights and sounds of mixing these two cultures, a fusion of flavours is on the menu. On June 9th, award-winning Scottish chef Paul Wedgewood will be serving up tasty Celtic delights at Relish Epicura, in the newly opened Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Of course, no Barbados celebration is complete without sampling some rum! Get a true taste of the island with a rum shop tour following the food demonstration.

 

The Celtic Festival Barbados celebrates the longstanding ties between the Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales and the sunny island paradise of Barbados. Over four hundred years ago, criminals from these countries came to the island as indentured servants, and their descendants still live in the “Scottish” district of St. Andrew’s Parish.

 

The celebrations continue throughout the week with a five-hour lunch cruise aboard the luxurious catamaran Cool Runnings and a chance to swimming with turtles. Back on land, experience the historical “Scotland” district and sugar plantations by taking a Jeep Safari ride around the island, or tour the island’s botanical beauties in the award-winning Flower Forest.

 

Come and stay in paradise and enjoy the entertainment, sight-seeing and cuisine of both Celtic and Barbadian cultures.

 

 

Getting there:

 

Air Canada currently provides daily direct service to Barbados with nine flights weekly from Toronto and twice-weekly flights from Montreal. For further information and flight promotions, visit www.aircanada.com

Getting to Barbados has never been easier. WestJet makes it both easy and affordable to get to Barbados, offering non-stop flights from Toronto five times a week. Ticket information is available at www.westjet.com.

Transat Holidays introduced direct service from Toronto on December 25, 2011 with a weekly flight to Bridgetown for the winter season. Details and booking information is available at www.transatholidays.com

 

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane Beach, St. Philip, voted on of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Regarded by many as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados is home to numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation house and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from Toronto daily on Air Canada, 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. New this winter, Transat Holiday will service Barbados with a weekly direct flight from Toronto. Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Barbados. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or Call 1-800-268-9122.

Easter Weekend in Barbados! April 2012 news

EASTER WEEKEND IN BARBADOS KICKS OFF EXCITING SPRING CALENDAR

From street festivals to cricket, Barbados will satisfy every appetite this Easter long weekend

 

TORONTO, ON (March 30, 2012) – Festivals, food and thrilling sports matches fill up this Easter long weekend in Barbados and set an exciting pace for spring. CHUM FM’s Breakfast in Barbados concert will have some tough acts to follow as the annual Oistins Fish Festival making the seaside village sizzle. The competition will get heavy between the West Indian cricket team and rival Australia in a 1st Test game while the Barbados polo season gallops along at Apes Hill with a series of matches. This jam-packed Easter long weekend is just the beginning of this spring’s exciting and full event lineup. 

 

The first weekend in April is only the beginning of the spring calendar of events. Canadian superstars Nelly Furtado and K’Naan are sure to impress when they take the stage for CHUM FM’s Breakfast in Barbados concert on April 15 at Holders. This annual concert has been bringing Canadians to Barbados for over 26 years and always leaves the audience wanting more. If you weren’t fortunate enough to win your way in, you can buy tickets when you’re on island at Harbour Lights.

 

The scenic town of Oistins on Barbados’ south coast, is home to the annual Oistins Fish Festival which celebrates the local fishing industry. Visitors to the festival, which runs from April 7 – 9, can expect live calypso and reggae music, craft fairs, family games, boat races and stalls selling delicious seafood dishes. Oistins is famous for their market and the Friday Fish Fry where visitors and locals gather to enjoy delicious fresh fish, live music and dancing; it’s a must-do on any Barbados visit.

 

From April 7 – 11, the Kensington Oval and the West Indies will host their rival on the International Cricket scene, Australia, for 1st Test matches. As in many former British colonies, cricket remains a popular sport. In fact, Barbadians follow the sport as closely and with as much passion as Canadians follow hockey. Get caught up in the enthusiasm in the stands at the Oval or at one of the 1,500 rum shops scattered across the island.

 

Polo is another remnant from Barbados’ colonial days and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Apes Hill, which will host matches on April 5, 7 and 9, is just one of five stunning polo fields on the island where matches are played every weekend from January through May.

 

At the end of April, the Barbados Reggae Festival will take the beat to the beach and Farley Hill National Park for four days of reggae. The festival kicks off April 22, 2012 on the stunning west coast with a Beach Party at Brandon’s Beach and continues with performances on April 27 and 28 before wrapping up with Reggae on the Hill on April 29. This year’s headliners include some of the biggest names in reggae including Jah Cure, Third World, Wendy Alleyne, and Mr. Vegas.

 

Getting there:

 

Air Canada currently provides daily direct service to Barbados with nine flights weekly from Toronto and twice-weekly flights from Montreal. For further information and flight promotions, visit www.aircanada.com

Getting to Barbados has never been easier. WestJet makes it both easy and affordable to get to Barbados, offering non-stop flights from Toronto five times a week. Ticket information is available at www.westjet.com.

Transat Holidays introduced direct service from Toronto on December 25, 2011 with a weekly flight to Bridgetown for the winter season. Details and booking information is available at www.transatholidays.com

 

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane Beach, St. Philip, voted on of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Regarded by many as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados is home to numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation house and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from Toronto daily on Air Canada, 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. New this winter, Transat Holiday will service Barbados with a weekly direct flight from Toronto. Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Barbados. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or Call 1-800-268-9122.

Savour everything Barbados has to offer. February 2012 news

SAVOUR EVERYTHING BARBADOS HAS TO OFFER

Barbados has it all with heritage, food and entertainment

 

TORONTO, ON (February 15, 2012) – Barbados is a place unlike any other on earth. Its rich heritage and welcoming people mixed with exceptional cuisine and vibrant nightlife make this Caribbean island a destination that keeps Canadians coming back for more.

For those who want to go beyond the beach, Barbados tells a rich historical story that dates back to 1625 when the Portuguese christened the island through 1627 when the British landed  to 1751 when George Washington made Barbados home for his ailing brother.  The UN Educational, Scientific an2d Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized Bridgetown’s historical importance in 2011 when Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was named a World Heritage Site. The capital city earned its place on the prestigious list for the role that it played in the British Empire as a commercial centre and naval post. The historic sites include landmarks and homes such as George Washington House, St. Ann’s Garrison, the Careenage and the Bridgetown Dry Dock.

 

Learn how Barbados developed into the nation it is today at the Barbados Museum, a former military prison in the Garrison, and the Barbados Parliament, the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth. Barbados boasts many rare and historic structures, including one of the oldest synagogues and two of the three remaining Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Participate in the Barbados National Trust’s Open House Program, which shows a different home every week, including the recently added Colleton House with an extensive African art collection. This program provides visitors with a glimpse into Barbados’ rich history through these unique tours every Wednesday until the end of March.

Barbados’ reputation as a culinary capital has resulted in its’ national dish, cou cou and flying fish, earning a spot on National Geographic’s “Top 10- National Dishes” list. Cou cou, a smooth puree of cornmeal and okra, served with freshly caught flying fish is something no visitor should miss while visiting the seaside market of Oistins for the legendary Friday night Fish Fry.

 

No matter what your palate craves, the diverse dining experiences in Barbados will whet any appetite. From world-renowned restaurants such as The Cliff, to local restaurants such as Brown Sugar and Atlantis where local delicacies abound to Cuz’s flying fish sandwiches on Pebble’s Beach, there is never a shortage of mouthwatering options that artfully blend traditional dishes with modern touches.

 

As the birthplace of rum, Barbados has produced the world’s finest rums for the past 400 years and is home to the world’s oldest rum brand, Mount Gay Rum. Barbados also boasts artisan rums like the ones produced at St. Nicholas Abbey – a 354-year-old former plantation home in the Northern parish of St. Peter.  Rum remains a large part of the Bajan culture with hundreds of brightly coloured rum shops scattered across the island, each serving their own version of the island’s famous rum punch.

One of the most unforgettable elements of a stay in Barbados is the nightlife. No matter where you go on the island, you’re sure to find amazing nightlife. Mingle with visitors and locals alike on Second Street in Holetown, a hotspot lined with restaurants and lounges such as Priva and Lexy’s Piano Bar, where talented musicians from all over the world delight patrons every night. The hills come alive with the sounds of soca and calypso during Crop Over, Barbados’ biggest, loudest, most fun and most loved festival that runs from the end of May until the beginning of August. This festival celebrates the end of the sugar cane harvesting  season with a vibrant and colourful extravaganza of music, masquerade, heritage and culture. 

Barbados takes off with Transat! December 2011 news

BARBADOS TAKES OFF WITH TRANSAT

The large tour operator will offer direct service to the island for the winter

 

TORONTO (December 22, 2011) Barbados announces a Transat direct service this winter expecting to welcome more than 3,000 passengers to the island. Starting on Christmas Day and running through the winter months, on Sundays, until April 22, 2012, Canada’s holiday travel leader will be the first charter out of Canada to touchdown on the island through its brand Transat Holidays. 

 

“We are delighted Transat Holidays will be offering service to Barbados this winter,” said Cheryl Carter, Senior Business Development Manager of the Barbados Tourism Authority in Canada. “Canada is a very important market for Barbados which continues to grow. At a time when travel habits are changing and new competitors are entering the playing field, we are pleased that Barbados is offering a new service reflecting its strength as a tourism destination and igniting a confidence of its diverse appeal.”

 

The number of Canadians visiting Barbados has grown consistently and significantly over the past five years, quickly making Canada one of the island’s key markets.  And while 2010 was arguably one of the most disappointing years in tourism overall, Barbados saw Canadian arrivals increase by 13.8 per cent.  The new service will increase flight capacity from Canada to Barbados by six per cent in high season, bringing the island closer to achieving visitor arrivals in excess of 1979 – when Canada was Barbados’ top-producing visitor market.  Furthermore, reflecting the island’s diverse offering, the new service will provide Canadians with a selection of additional flight, property and package options.

 

Transat Holidays has partnered with a variety of properties on the island to ensure that there is practically anything for anyone. Transat Holidays will offer packages through Amarylis Beach Resort, Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Almond Casuarina, Almond Beach Village, Almond Beach Club, Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Hilton Barbados and The Crane to provide a wide variety of choices – ranging from 3.5 to 5 star, all-inclusive to European meal plans, family to luxury accommodations and secluded to centrally located.

 

About Barbados

 

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane Beach, St. Philips, voted on of the world’s beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com. Barbados is the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation house and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantly Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from a Toronto daily on Air Canada and 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal. WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto. Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados and Twitter at www.twitter.com/Barbados. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or Call 1-800-268-9122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-268-9122      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

 

About Transat Holidays

 

Year-round, Transat Holidays provides its customers across Canada with a full range of holiday products. It offers sun vacations, with a choice of more than 140 hotels, mainly in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, along with an impressive array of flights, packages and tours to some 30 European destinations. Transat Holidays also offers more than 100 cruises all around the world. www.transatholidays.com

 

Prince Edward Tours Land and Sea in Barbados

PRINCE EDWARD TOURS LAND AND SEA IN BARBADOSFrom sailing princes to sports and arts enthusiasts, the island hosts a variety of activities this monthTORONTO, ON (March 29, 2011) –TRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, accompanied by the Countess of Wessex, found plenty of activity in Barbados as they toured the lush Caribbean island in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association from March 18 – 21. It is of little surprise that the prince journeyed to the beautiful island in March because this month is filled with activities and events that cater to all tastes. From arts aficionados to sport-enthusiast royals, Barbados has something for everyone. 

As well as attending a number of events including a Gold Award Ceremony and several fund raising events, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex attended Prince Edward’s Golf Tournament on March 20, at Apes Hill Golf Club. Prince Edward also took part in the 2011 Royalist Regatta on March 19 to help raise funds for the development of the Barbados Sea Cadets and support the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program currently operating in nine schools in Barbados. 

Barbados has proven to be a popular spot for the royal family to host events over the years. In 2010, Prince Harry hosted a charity polo match for his Sentebale charity at Apes Hill Polo Club. This year polo matches are played every weekend in March at each of the five state-of-the-art polo fields in Barbados. Other equestrian sporting events popular with locals and visitors is the Sandy Lane Gold Cup which has been around since 1982 and is the most prestigious race in the Caribbean. The race sees entries from across the Caribbean as well as from the U.S. and Canada – including horses owned by business executive Eugene Melnyk. 

Commonly regarded as the island’s “Biggest Social Event of the Year,” the Holders Season brings world-class music and arts performances to Barbados. A variety of shows, ranging from opera to comedy to theatre, take centre stage from March 19 until April 2 at the breathtaking 17th century Holders House. This year’s program includes Canadian opera singers Jennifer Elisabetta Fina, Emilio Fina and Douglas Tranquada in The Well-Clipped Barber as well as comedy, theatre, jazz and classical music performances from around the world.  Afternoon performances took place at the newly opened shopping centre Limegrove on March 25 and March 27. 

Getting there:Air Canada offers seven direct flights weekly from Toronto to Barbados and one direct flight a week from Montreal. Flights are on sale at www.aircanada.com. WestJet has service to Barbados with five non-stop flights weekly from Toronto.  Book online at www.westjet.com

About BarbadosThe island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes, including The Crane beach, St. Philips, voted one of the world’s sexiest beaches for 2008 by Concierge.com.  Barbados is the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final 2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship-The Barbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from a Toronto daily on Air Canada and 9 times weekly in the winter and 2 flights weekly out of Montreal.  WestJet commenced service November 2, 2009 with 5 flights weekly via Toronto.  Barbados was voted #8 in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category.  Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at www.tinyurl.com/VisitBarbados and Twitter at www.twitter.com/barbados.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or call 1-800-268-9122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-268-9122      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. 

Almonds Resorts. Special offers for 6th Annual Big Game Party

With the most anticipated game of the football season approaching, fans are making the crucial decision on where to watch Super Bowl XLV.

Almond Beach Village, part of Almond Resorts in Barbados, offers the perfect all-inclusive package exclusively for the event. With the 6th Annual Big Game Party package, guests stay at the all-inclusive resort from Feb. 3-7, 2011, starting at $1,299 per person for five days/four nights, and participate in weekend activities and game watching with former NFL greats from the New York Giants, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

6th Annual Big Game Party Package includes:

  • Big Game Party held beachside in The Reef restaurant
  • Golf scrambles, beach volleyball, scavenger hunts and basketball games with celebrity guests
  • Unlimited cocktails or beers at five bars
  • Catamaran cruise with snorkeling and swimming with the turtles
  • Tropical accommodations for four nights on the island of Barbados
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

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Almond Resorts Hosts Big Game Party with the Pros

Fans Can Enjoy A Weekend of Fun with Professional Athletes of the Past

ALMOND RESORTS, Barbados and St. Lucia – With the most anticipated game of the football season approaching, fans are making the crucial decision on where to watch Super Bowl XLV. Almond Beach Village, part of Almond Resorts in Barbados, offers the perfect all-inclusive package exclusively for the event. With the 6th Annual Big Game Party package, guests stay at the all-inclusive resort from Feb. 3-7, 2011, starting at $1,299 per person for five days/four nights, and participate in weekend activities and game watching with former NFL greats from the New York Giants, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

    6th Annual Big Game Party Package: $1,299 per person for a four-night stay 

  • Big Game Party held beachside in The Reef restaurant
  • Golf scrambles, beach volleyball, scavenger hunts and basketball games with celebrity guests
  • Unlimited cocktails or beers at five bars
  • Catamaran cruise with snorkeling and swimming with the turtles
  • Tropical accommodations for four nights on the island of Barbados
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

This February at Almond Resorts, football fanatics can root on championship teams with NFL legend, Billy Taylor, the host of the Big Game Party. Drafted by the New York Giants in 1978, Taylor also played with the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Raiders during his seven-year career. Additionally, Big Game Party VIP attendees include Anthony Dickerson, linebacker for the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys, and Matt Blair, linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings for 12 seasons. Doug Van Horn, named first team All-American in 1965 for the Detroit Lions and New York Giants, will also be watching the big game at Almond Beach Village, alongside Roman Oben from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 championship season and Derek Murphy, known as “The Whiz,” from the Harlem Globetrotters.

Tropical tailgating is a breeze as football fans feast on classic game-day cuisine at Almond Beach Village’s The Reef, a spacious restaurant where the Big Game Party will be held on Feb. 6, 2011. Combined with five open bars serving beer, wine and cocktails, these on-site establishments provide all that is necessary for guests to keep up with the big game and Almond Resorts’ extensive list of included activities.  Guests are welcomed with a private cocktail party, where they enjoy drinks with their favorite celebrity guests. Football watchers can relax under the stars in a beachside lounge chair, enjoy a 100-foot television display, and not miss a second of the game.

Almond Resorts pioneered the distinctive “For You. About You.” team, providing Almond Specialists to help fans plan their perfect game watching weekend and assist with guests’ every whim. From beachside spa treatments or private dinners to a private island tour, everything can be arranged prior to arrival to achieve the perfect Caribbean retreat. Activities are also included, from kayaking, sailing and windsurfing to snorkeling, banana boat rides, water skiing and tennis.

Almond Resorts boasts four all-inclusive properties located on Barbados and St. Lucia. Almond Beach Club & Spa (161 rooms), Almond Beach Village (400 rooms) and Almond Casuarina Beach (289 rooms) are all located on the island of Barbados, and Almond Morgan Bay Beach Resort (340 rooms) is located on St. Lucia.

For more information, call 1-800-4ALMOND or visit www.almondresorts.com.