Every May, when cashew nuts are being harvested, the Belizean village of Crooked Tree, located in the north-central part of the country, holds a massive celebration to honor its most important crop. Belize's cashew heartland attracts thousands of visitors flocking to its Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show, showcasing this amazing superfood.
The two-day Belize Cashew festival features local artisans and farmers, who put out an impressive display of crafts and cashew products. Don't forget to try cashew wine, cashew jelly, and various pastries! Fun activities during the festival include a traditional Mayan greasy pole competition and horseback riding. Cooking demonstrations from local chefs will ensure you experience cashew nuts in an unusual way. Live music and various activities will entertain the crowds throughout the event.
In addition to a large number of cashew trees, the village of Crooked Tree is known for its abundance of birds. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Belize's largest natural wetlands, with about 300 avian species present, including parrots, woodpeckers, and black-collared hawks. The village itself was founded in 1750, being one of the first Creole villages of Belize.