Scheduled from May 23-25, 2014, the Chocolate Festival attracts hundreds of visitors from around Belize as well as overseas to Punta Gorda, Toledo District. This lively festival has helped Toledo shed its worn out image as “the forgotten district” and establish it as one of Belize’s vibrant and growing tourism destinations. It also commemorates the tremendous contribution to development in the south made by the Toledo Cacao Growers’ Association (TCGA) and its hundreds of farmer members.
The three day event is the ultimate getaway for the chocolate lover and foodie who savor decadent (local) chocolate and cacao inspired deserts and dishes of Belize.
Share in the homage of Belize’s Ancient Maya culture, while immersing in this traditional and festive chocolate extravaganza.
“Wine and Chocolate Night”
Date: Friday, May 23rd, 2014.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Garbutts Marine in Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: delectable chocolate creations by top chocolatiers in Belize; live musical entertainment; socializing with the chocolatiers and more.
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Front Street, Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: numerous booth displays (cacao and chocolate food and drinks on sale); arts and craft; musical performances and more.
Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Lubaantun Maya site, northwest of Punta Gorda Town.
Highlights: Maya descendants’ reenactments; food and drinks; fun cacao competitions.
Cacao & the Ancient Maya:
Get acquainted with the once “Heartland of the Maya”, Belize.
Did you know that cacao (the raw form of chocolate) was considered gold for this ancient Maya community? The ancient Maya also used cacao (primarily) for trading purposes (currency). Learn more about the traditional techniques that contributes to the rich and distinctive taste of Belizean chocolate products; a palate that is recognizable throughout the world!
Join in the festive occasion and discover how to be a professional or amateur chocolatier, while indulging in one of many signature events held annually in Belize.
See also: Placencia Lobsterfest 2014
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management & Staff, we want to wish everyone a Happy Earth Day 2014!
At Chabil Mar, we start serving breakfast from 7am and you can dine in the atmosphere of your choice. Options available are:
- Cafe Mar Beachside
- Your Villa’s Personal Veranda
- Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge
- Outdoor Grills
A Sampling of Guest Favorites from the Chabil Mar Menu:
- Belizean Breakfast: Two eggs any style, fried fish fillet, refried beans; served with fry jacks or Johnny cakes
- Tropical Fruits: A medley of seasonal fruits.
- Chilequiles: Scrambled eggs combined with fried corn tortillas topped with a spicy Chilequiles sauce and mozzarella cheese.
When Jill Robinson, a travel expert from Jettsetter visited our resort, she wrote the following about our restaurant:
The on-site restaurant offers both an extensive menu and multiple dining options. I enjoyed a breakfast of golden fry jacks on my private deck and lunch of shrimp ceviche near the pool. Any evening meal, whether it’s simple seafood chowder or grilled fresh lobster, is romantic when it’s specially prepared out on the pier.
Learn more about our dining experiences here: Dining at Chabil Mar.
See also: Belize Vacation Packages
Scheduled from June 27 -29, 2014, the Placencia Lobsterfest is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize attracting thousands of local and international visitors. The event is organized by the Placencia BTIA and the Placencia Village Council and has long been a traditional mainstay of Placencia’s economy.
What to expect at Placencia Lobster Fest 2014:
- Game for kids
- Belikin beer drinking contest
- Biggest lobstah’ competition
- Lionfish tournament
- Mr. & Ms. Physique
- Tipsy tuna toss
- Hot spicey wings eating contest
- Kayak racing
- Placencia Lobsterfest Classics
- Throw the cast net – A Placencia Lobsterfest original. Throw the cast net over the sand and try to scoop up a schilling!
- Reel in the kayak – That’s right! Grab a fishing rod and reel in a kayak with one person on board to shore!
- Fly fishing on the beach – Throw your fly fishing rod and land your fly in the center of a circle drawn in the sand. If you can do this, you are a real champ!
Check out this video on Belize’s Best Lobsterfest:
This is the most popular event of the season in Placencia so we hope to see you there!
Contact us today for more details on the Placencia Lobsterfest 2014!
BETEX, the largest tourism show organized and promoted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be held next month in Belize City from May 7-12, 2014. According to Herbert Haylock, President of the BTIA, the first BETEX event was organized in 1996 and since then has taken place every two years attracting more than 350 local and international tourism professionals and press representatives.
The travel show is a business to business event that showcases Belize’s travel destinations, hotels, tour operators and other tourism service providers.
“It is an exclusive opportunity for international travel resellers (trade visitors) to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with local travel suppliers (exhibitors), learn more about Belize, and experience the destination first-hand,” says Mr Haylock, the BTIA President.
Opened only to registered participants, BETEX welcomes travel industry professionals with direct influence over purchasing decisions such as tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, group travel organizers, corporate travel buyers, event planners, conference organizers, and online travel companies and airlines.
See also: Belize Vacation Packages & Specials
BETEX is an initiative of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Belize’s leading national private sector tourism association. BTIA represents a unified voice which advocated for issues that benefit its members, influences tourism policy, legislation and marketing for the sustainable development of the industry and improved quality of the visitor experience.