Mélange Caribbean Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

20 Crop Over Must Do's


Shana Jones

#20 Opening Gala and Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes Let´s start the season off, officially! Today´s events include the crowning of the King and Queen of the sugar cane season harvest(the most productive sugar cane cutters), a re-creation of plantation life in Barbados, a heritage parade, and a creative art talent showcase.

#19 Pork Lime Pork, pork, and more pork! Come get it at the Garrison Brigade house every Friday during the season in any form: stewed, baked, fried, soused (in lime juice, salt and pepper), etc. Take your eyes off your plate for a minute to hear live and DJ music being played, door prizes being given out, people shopping at a mobile fair, etc... Eat up and enjoy!

#18 Crop Over Craft Works This is what I call a true mixed-pot event. At the Barbados Museum, local artisans display their works in leather, textiles, wood, and metal. There´s henna tattooing and face painting for the kids, a Bajan Eats station offers locally made delicacies, live actors bring you Barbadian culture up close, DJ/live music gets you in the Crop Over spirit, there’s guided tours of the museum´s galleries, plus a host of other things to see and do.

#17 Crop Over Heritage Walk To get a break from the hot sun, this exploration of Bridgetown at night is perfect. Themed “Bridgetown by Night: On the Road to Independence”, the walking tour of the city exposes visitors to historically significant people, places, and events through ¨live statues¨, costumed performers, and conveniently placed ¨props¨. Dust off your walking shoes and meet me in the city!  

#16 Crop Over Visual Arts Festival Art lovers! The island’s best visual artists present the story of Crop Over through beautiful 2D and 3D works and textile/jewellery/basket creations. This year the crème de la crème will rise to the top with their intriguing interpretation of the theme “From Plantation Slavery to Rebellion and Independence: What Mirror Image Do We Have of Ourselves?” Cameras ready?

#15 Crop Over Read In! Against the backdrop of rich Barbadian culture and history at the Barbados Museum, we’ll be experiencing the Caribbean through the eyes of storytellers, spoken word artists,musicians, and dancers. Let’s not miss the Stage 2016 Play Writing Incubator workshop. One of us may be a budding Shakespeare….

#14 Visit a Calypso Tent No, we’re not going camping! These shows are where we learn about the issues of interest and seriousness to Barbadians through live musical performances by local artists, budding and mature. Think of this as the “conscious” side of Crop Over.

#13 Pan Fusion At the Prime Minister´s residence, if you please! This is an exciting evening mash-up of steel pan, jazz, and tuk band music! Let´s get out to this event to find out what a tuk band is!

#12  Speightstown Market and Pan Around de Town Not to be outdone by its bigger, bustling sister to the south, Speightstown on Barbados´ gentle northwest coast invites us to a fun, family-friendly day featuring steel pan and live band performances, an art fair and a farmer’s market!

#11 Pan on the Sand Barbadian and Trinidadian steel pan bands and local soca artists join forces to bring us the sweetest of sounds as we soak up the rays at Brandon’s Beach on Spring Garden Highway! Getting out of the beach chair: optional!

#10 Crop Over Heritage Lecture and Tour Starting at the Barbados Museum at the Garrison (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and ending with an informative lecture at St. Ann’s Fort, we´ll stroll back in time and explore the island’s role in British military history, George Washington House, and the historic Garrison tunnels.

#9  Soca Royale It’s high energy all day as the biggest and best in Barbadian soca and calypso vie for the titles of Party Monarch and Sweet Soca Monarch! Get yuh rag and wave! (Food and drinks available for refuelling!)

#6 Pic-o-de-Crop Finals We’ve been to the calypso tents and heard what gets Barbadians talking. Now it’s down to the finalists who will challenge the reigning Calypso Monarch for the coveted title. It’s social commentary at its best.

#5 Bridgetown Market Spring Garden Highway is now transformed into a colourful, bustling, and pleasantly chaotic mix of loudly pumping rhythms, tantalizing aromas of local fare, and tons of local art and craft. Live musical and dramatic performances bring Barbadian culture to us in a fun and family-friendly way!

#4 Brek-a-day ultimate all-inclusive breakfast experience Party on the dock and then sail into the wee hours of the morning to the seasons top hits – breakfast plate in one hand and dance partner in the other!

#3 recovery cruise Wind down (not really!) from the season on one of many “cool down” cruises. Unlimited music + unlimited drinks all day = unlimited fun! Get everyone together and let’s end the season the right way!

#2 Junior Calypso Monarch Competition and Junior Kadooment Parade The kids will not be left out! These kiddie versions of the adult events are amusing, inspiring, and entertaining all at once. Children aged 8-18 sing their (sometimes) self-written calypsos for a shot at the Junior Calypso Monarch title, and kiddie revellers charm us in their cute costumes ¨jumping¨ to the season´s hits on their very own Kadooment Day.

#1 Kadooment Day
The vibrantly colourful and exhilarating climax of Crop Over, this parade of beautifully adorned revellers gyrating to the hottest, heart-pumping rhythms of the season winds along 1km on Spring Garden Highway. Well-controlled crowds line the street on both sides hoping to catch a glimpse of a familiar or famous face. This is the BIG DAY!