25 Mar 2010Blog

Oistins Fish Festival — 1st to 5th April, 2010

by Jonathan

I noticed from the Access Barbados newsletter that that Oistins Fish Festival starts next friday the 1st of April and continues throughout the Easter weekend finishing on the Monday the 5th.

The Oistins Fish Festival, created in 1977 to honour and support those involved in the Barbados fishing industry, now attracts thousands of visitors and has evolved into a much larger event with industry related competitions, concerts, arts & crafts and other vendors. Get down to Oistins this year and check out the net throwing competition, The Royal Barbados Police Force Band and 10K road race and much more. One of the more competitive events is the Fish Boning Competition. Other crowd drawing events are the Dolphin Skinning Competition, Climbing the Greasy Pole and the boat race. And of course, the best part about hanging-out at Oistins, is you’re never far from a deliciously fresh meal.

The schedule includes:

Thursday, 1 April, 2010

  • 7pm — Flood Lit Tattoo at Christ Church Foundation School.

Friday, 2 April, 2010

  • 5pm — Friday Night Lime

Saturday, 3 April, 2010

  • 9am — Kiddies Carnival from Dover to Oistins
  • 11am — Swimming Races
  • 2pm — Net Throwing Competition
  • 4pm — The Royal Barbados Police Band
  • 4.30pm — Opening Ceremony of the Oistins Fish Festival 2010
  • 5.30pm — Foundation School Orchestra
  • 6pm — Greasy Pole Competition
  • 6.30pm — St. Bartholomew Steel Orchestra
  • 7pm — Conch Shell Blowing Competition
  • 7.30pm — Cultural Entertainment
  • 8.30pm — Full Force Band

Sunday, 4 April, 2010

  • 7.30pm — Gospel Festival at Bay Garden

Monday, 5 April, 2010

  • 6am — 10K Road Race from Queen’s Park to Oistins
  • 11am — Annual Boat Race at Oistins Jetty
  • 12pm — Tug-of-War – Oistins & Silver Sands Fishermen
  • 1pm — Fish Cook-Off Competition
  • 3pm — John Boyce Road Tennis Final by Lexie’s Bar
  • 4pm — The Dolphin Skinning Competition
  • 4.30pm — National Fish Boning Competition at the Boat Yard
  • 5.30pm — Greasy Pole Competition
  • 6.30pm — The Wacki Wayne Show with Comedian Trevor Eastmond
  • 7.30pm — Cultural Entertainment

The coastal town of Oistins (“Oye-s-tins”) is situated in the southern portion of the parish of Christ Church, Oistins operates mostly as a fishing village, a tourist hang out, as well as the location of the parish church for Christ Church. Oistins is also the location of the former Christ Church hospital, the former Barbados Coast Guard station, and the offshore landing for ships delivering fossils fuels into the island. Oistins is better known for the Friday night Fish Fry where tourists join locals and eat and party the night away.

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