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How to Make the Most of the Belize Cashew Fest and Agricultural Show 2024

by Carolyn Lee May 6, 2024

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How to Make the Most of the Belize Cashew Fest and Agricultural Show 2024

The annual Belize Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show is a two-day family event featuring various cashew products by artisans, chefs, and local cashew farmers. Held in Crooked Tree Village, Belize District, the event takes place on 14 May 2024 from 8am to 11pm.

Why does the festival take place in May?

The cashew fruit and seed play an integral role in the livelihood of the citizens of Crooked Tree Village. Each May, the cashew nuts are harvested, and the Belizean village of Crooked Tree holds an enormous celebration to pay tribute to this versatile crop. In 1983, Crooked Tree Village hosted the event, which grew into the massive festival it is today.

What should first-time visitors expect at this event?

Fresh cashew fruit and various cashew products by chefs, artisans and local cashew farmers will be available. You can sample cashew-inspired dishes, wines, and pastries. The festivities will include entertainment, horseback riding, live music, cooking demonstrations, competitions, and cashew products on sale.

How can you prepare for the event?

Outfit: Most festivals typically include spending time outdoors, enjoying various activities, and checking out stalls and exhibits with access to food. So, ensure you dress comfortably but stylishly since you will walk a lot and want to capture some memories for social media (TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, etc.).

Sun protection: The festival is an all-day event, which means you must protect your skin from harsh sun rays. You can put sunscreen on before the event and carry a travel-sized sunblock to top up if you plan to stay all day. It is also a good idea to wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Money: You will want to try some cashew products, cuisine, and items on sale, so having cash with you is crucial. Money is also necessary for travelling to the event and any emergency that might arise during your time there. Remember to carry a small bag or pouch that is not easy to misplace.

A sense of adventure: There will be many delicious cashew-infused products you might want to try. If you are generally adventurous, you will be interested in the Greasy Pole and Cashew Wine Drinking competitions. Also, don’t hesitate to talk to the farmers about how they plant, harvest, and sell cashew nuts or other products.

What else is Crooked Tree Village known for?

Founded in 1750, Crooked Tree Village is one of the first Creole villages in Belize. The village is home to numerous cashew trees, which makes the Belize Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show a reflection of a proud heritage passed down through generations. It is also home to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Belize’s most significant natural wetlands, with approximately 300 bird species.

How do you get there?

You can get to the event by taxi, public transportation, or a private vehicle or hire a rental, charter, or shuttle service. Buses will stop at the junction for the Crooked Tree Village bus stop. The village is approximately three miles down a dirt road, so you might need to hitchhike or find other transportation.

If you plan on going both days and need accommodations near the event, please use Find Yello to make your search easier.

Sources: Cariviews, Belizing, Belize Budget Suites, Belize Hub, and Rove Me.