The Toledo Cacao Fest is held every year during the third week of May. Originally developed to promote the fledgling cacao industry that is becoming a mainstay of the poverty-stricken Toledo district, the festival has morphed into a regular fair featuring local Belize cuisine, Belize and Maya arts, music and cultural presentations.
The first day runs on a Saturday and is held in Punta Gorda Town, capital of the Toledo District.
Street stall and commercial exhibits with music are within easy reach and since P.G. is so small, accessible within walking distance from most any part of town. The PG portion of the festival is more run-of-the-mill with commercial stands, drumming and dancing classes for tourists, barbeques and partying. But for the real Maya experience nothing can compare to the festival’s second day when it picks up its tents and moves to a real Maya Ruin – Lubaantun.
Be prepared for rain. Toledo is the district with highest annual rainfall in Belize. Rain showers come out of nowhere and will have you slipping and sliding.