Belize City, Belize – April 24, 2012 – There is no substitute for clean fun with the convenience of activities centered in the heart of one of Belize‚Äôs most cultured and historically rich districts ‚Äď Toledo. Belizeans and visitors are invited to enjoy the unique cultural diversity that the Toledo District offers through the 6th Annual Toledo Cacao Festival being held this year from May 18th ‚Äď 20th. This grand event is being organized by the Toledo Chocolate Growers Association (TCGA) and BTIA Toledo in conjunction with other partners.
The Toledo Cacao Festival was first celebrated in 2006 with the purpose of bringing together a diverse range of stakeholders from the community to showcase Toledo‚Äôs history and culture.¬† The stakeholders involved are comprised of cacao farmers, artisans, performers, restaurants, tourism and transportation providers among others.¬† Roberto Coh from BTIA Toledo says, ‚ÄúThe Festival raises funds for Punta Gorda‚Äôs community projects that include assistance to chocolate farmers and the upgrading of schools and parks.‚ÄĚ
The Punta Gorda Cacao Festival starts on Friday, May 18th with a lecture on the completion of the Maya Calendar by Dr. Jaime Awe at 2:00 pm at the TCGA Conference Room.¬† The lecture will be followed by a Wine and Chocolate Evening which will feature decadent chocolate creations from Belize’s most recognized chocolate creators, as well as, live cultural performances. Saturday, May 19th will kick-off with a Street fest filled with diverse cultural booths.¬† During the day, kids and adults can enjoy numerous activities like inland tours and children storytelling and painting sessions.¬† Night entertainment will include a superb ‚ÄėOpen Air Street Concert‚Äô that will finish with a kaleidoscopic fireworks show. The festival‚Äôs grand finale will be on Sunday, May 20th at the Lubaantun Maya site.¬† Festival goers can enjoy of a colorful cultural fair which will showcase a number of performances – including the Deer Dance – and live Maya cultural music.
Tickets for the Toledo Cacao Festival are on sale at BTIA offices in Toledo and Belize City and at the BTB Office in Belize City.
About the Belize Tourism Board
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism, and it is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Tourism.¬† The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector – including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry Association and Belize National Tour Operators Association ‚Äď and is dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner.¬† As a part of its responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination to both in-country and international consumers.¬† Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB markets the country‚Äôs unique attractions to travellers, members of the travel trade industry and media outlets in key markets.
The BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instil high quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences.¬† For more information on the BTB and its services, visit www.travelbelize.org.
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