Come out to the Hopkins Mangu Fest 2018!
The free two-day annual Hopkins Mangu Fest is being held this year on from June 2-3 in Hopkins, Stann Creek with an emphasis on the local cultural history. The popular fest, known for its wide variety of mango based delicacies as well as other local delights and crafts, was initially known as the annual Mango Fest, however, this year it has been dubbed the Mangu [mah-goo] Fest in honor of the local Garifuna word for the bountiful treat.
The fest highlights the rich culinary and travel experience that makes Belize so popular with travelers. The mango-infused recipes present a palette as diverse and unique as the history of inhabitants who settled and still reside in Hopkins.
The festival will include mango as well as non-mango themed dishes as well as locally made arts and crafts. The Mango Fest doubles as a promotion for Hopkins as a prime tourist destination in Belize by featuring its authentic and internationally recognized Garifuna heritage. This includes authentic Garifuna cuisine, music and wholesome family events and activities.
Visitors can also explore the culinary diversity in Hopkins as there are over two dozen restaurants available in the small village with a population of about 2,500 people. There are many fast food and street food vendors that sell panades, tacos, conch fritters, tamales, pastries and a variety of other local goodies. The Belizean culinary experiences draws from and infuses influences from the Garifuna, Creole, Caribbean, European and North American culture which comprises the country’s small yet diverse population.
The festival’s entertainment will showcase some of Belize’s best musicians and artists performing local Garifuna music, including its world-renowned and internationally acclaimed Paranda music (Belize’s version of the blues) as well as various other genres such as reggae, Caribbean rhythm and much more! Lloyd Augustine, Dunri Yurumein, C-Wills, Bredda David, Griga Boyz, the Turtle Shell Band, Pen Cayetano, Sweet Pain and MohoBob are just some of the confirmed arists that will provide entertainment throughout the two-day fest.
For adventure enthusiasts there will be no shortage of activities starting with a dory fishing contest at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. There will be seaside yoga sessions to soothing music and the waves of the ocean followed by prepared mango snacks. There will also be a mango drink competition, a story hour for children, fishing competition, greasy pole and a family mass.
Come on out to the 2018 Hopkins Mangu Fest with the family and share in on all the fun while chowing down on any of a number of delicious options and dancing away to the enchanting local melodies!