Belize is famous for its spiny lobster (called crayfish locally), whose harvest season begins annually on June 15th. This date also marks the celebration of all things lobster, including three festivals held in different Belizean communities.
The beach towns of Caye Caulker and Placencia have traditionally had Lobsterfests, and in recent years, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has added one to its calendar, as well. If you are lucky, visit Belize in June. You will be able to experience at least one of these delicious events.
San Pedro Lobsterfest is a week long event usually starting with a kick-off party and culminating in a grand fiesta in Central Park. During the week, there are events planned all over town including a lobster crawl that involves partaking in lobster delicacies and libations in a series of establishments on a given night. One can obtain a “lobster passport,” where each day a different island establishment is represented and acquisition of a lobster “stamp” in this passport renders the holder eligible for the grand prize, drawn on the final night’s event in Central Park (pictured below). The prize is usually vacation for the following year that includes tickets from Tropic Air. The final block party is a lobster lovers delight. Front Street is closed to traffic and most of the local restaurants have booths serving their rendition of the tasty crustacean. There is a competition for the best dish so culinary imagination knows no bounds. There is some serious deliciousness to be found here, all accompanied by local musicians to give the real party atmosphere.
Caye Caulker Lobsterfest is a weekend event. This is a local Belizean favorite, and people even flock here from all over the country. Stalls and restaurants everywhere offer anything from lobster tacos to barbecued lobster.
Placencia’s festival is also a weekend event and, in their own words, promises “a mega beach party like no other in Belize,“ with live music, family games, a legendary raffle, and of course more lobster than is possible to eat.
If you want to enjoy lobster, then come during the open season because between February 15th and June 14th, the crustacean is off the menu. This means that fishermen are not allowed to catch it, restaurants are not allowed to sell it and it is illegal to have in your possession. Whilst this is harsh for the many tourists and locals, it is necessary to preserve this valuable resource for the future.
If you are planning a trip to Belize and you love lobster then June is definitely the month to come visit. Checkout all details for the festivals on www.travelbelize.org.
-Belize Chocolate Company