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Barbados Oistins Fish Festival

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2024 Festival Dates: March 29th - April 1st

About the festival

Held at the historic town of Oistins on the south coast of Barbados, the Oistins Fish Festival celebrates the contribution made to Barbados by persons in the local fishing industry.

Traditionally held over Easter weekend, the festival is a unique attraction that offers fun and entertainment for both locals and visitors alike.

Enjoy fresh fish at the stalls
Enjoy fresh fish at the stalls

Music, crafts, food and fun!

Enjoy the sweet strains of calypso and reggae music coming from the sidewalk stalls, and the sounds of the traditional Barbados tuk band. Of course dancing to all that music builds up an appetite, so head for the food and beverage stalls to enjoy traditional Bajan fare such as fish cakes, fried fish and pudding and souse, all washed down with a cool Banks Beer.

Traditional tuk band
Traditional tuk band

Local arts and crafts can also be found in abundance as talented craftsmen take the opportunity to display their wares.

Entertaining, the Oistins Fish Festival certainly is! The fish boning competition is a huge attraction for both locals and visitors as is the grease-pole competition! There's also an Easter Bonnet Competition, Strong Man Boat Pull, Fish Cake Eating Contest, Egg and Spoon Race, and Celebrity Cook Off!

The focus of the festival however is really on honouring those who contribute to the fishing industry in Barbados. A time to remember those who feed us from the seas surrounding this beautiful island. Read about "Fishing... a way of life!"

Fish boning competition
Fish boning competition

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Special offer Join the Experience Coastal Oistins tour to savour delicious local cuisine and soak up the exciting atmosphere of Oistins.

Save time & money: You won't find it cheaper online or anywhere else.

Don't be disappointed: Book ahead to guarantee you don't miss out on the best tours & activities.

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