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A Cultural Celebration: Oistins Fish Festival 2019

by Karen Rollins Apr 15, 2019

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The annual Oistins Fish Festival will honour the area’s fisherfolk and everyone who has contributed to the Barbados fishing industry this Easter weekend from 19-22 April 2019.

The Festival is a highlight on the island’s cultural calendar and often attracts around 30,000 locals and tourists during four days of activity.

The event is suitable for all the family and includes plenty of food and drink, a wide variety of entertainment and several stalls selling local arts and crafts. There is also a formal opening and closing ceremony and a church service.

Many activities based around the fishing industry will also take place including fish-deboning competitions, net throwing, a fish cook-off and boat races along with the highly-anticipated climb-the-grease-pole competition.

The festival was started in 1977 by the leaders of community groups in the Christ Church area along with Lady Stella St. John and the late Sir Harold Bernard St. John, according to the official website.

It adds that the main objectives of the festival are:

– To revive the town as a thriving hive of social and economic activity.

– To develop the entrepreneurial skills of small business people.

– To encourage recognition of the town’s fisherfolk.

– To inspire a sense of pride, high esteem and belonging among the residents of Oistins.

Anyone who has attended the regular Friday night fish fry in Oistins will know that this festival should not be missed.

Go along and enjoy good food, a great atmosphere and welcoming people.

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Posted by Oistins Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sources: Oistins Fish Festival / Totally Barbados