Guyana has always been the hotspot for cricket, attracting rock and film stars. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament held among Caribbean nations. Six teams, including the Guyana Amazon Warriors, play for the title each year during the months of August and September. Referred to as ‘the biggest party in sport’, this event started in 2013 and continues to be a major annual highlight for locals.
Guyana Restaurant Week
A designated week to honour the diversity of food in Guyana gave birth to Guyana Restaurant Week, which is celebrated two times a year. In May and November, participating restaurants notch up their offerings and showcase their best dishes. This is the best time to get deals and discounts and enjoy a whole week of eating out, sampling excellent dishes and the rich variety of cuisine.
Lake Mainstay Regatta
Lake Mainstay Regatta has been a popular local event on the Essequibo Coast for a number of years. Usually held during the August holidays, the event promises an exciting day of water sports and fun for locals and travellers alike. Powerboat races and fun games will help ignite your competitive spirit. If you’re looking to be active, swimming and local excursions are the best bets. As the sun sets, local artistes take to the stage to entertain the crowds with both local and international tunes.
Fine Dining & Evening Hangouts
Georgetown has a vibrant dining culture. It has an ample variety of local and international cuisines that entice locals and travellers alike. From plush restaurants to casual dining options, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Georgetown that make hanging out during the evening fun. While outside of Georgetown, you will have to seek out recommendations for great dining experiences. Your efforts will be rewarded with local spots that will likely be the culinary highlight of your trip. You can find more information under Cities and Towns.
For the locals who live for the adrenaline rush associated with racing cars, the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club has staple racing events held throughout the year at the South Dakota Circuit in Timheri. The Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Champions held in November every year is one of the biggest motor racing events of the region, bringing together racing champions and their fan base to Guyana to vie for the ultimate prize.
In Guyana, the May-June period marks Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, is a religious holiday observed by Muslims worldwide that celebrates the end of Ramadan. Indulging in excellent food, religious ceremonies and connecting with friends and family are some of the key highlights of the day. In addition to Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and Youman Nabi are two other very prominent holidays dedicated to Muslim observances in Guyana.
May welcomes Guyana Carnival to the capital city of Georgetown. Carnival is a global fete, and Guyana has joined the carnival route enjoyed by revelers worldwide. A week-long calendar of events with themed parties, competitions, fashion shows, and more leads up to the grand costume road parade held on the 26th of May – Guyana’s Independence Day. Local content is promoted through music, cuisine, costume designs and attractions. Whether you’re a local, a returning Guyanese or a traveller planning a destination getaway, you will relish the infectious vibe that is Guyana’s Carnival.
Street Food & Snacks
Caribbean, Asian and South America flavours merge together to offer a diverse menu of street food and snacks in the country. Split pea fritters called pholourie are one of the most popular street snacks available in markets. Chinese style noodles, Indian inspired bara, Guyanese fudge, sugar cake made from local cane sugar and coconut, egg balls and plantain chips are other popular options for a perfect snack when strolling in the market or shopping.
Cassava, split peas and lime are some of the most popular ingredients used in local Guyanese dishes. Cassava bread is a staple in Indigenous Communities and is often paired with pepper pot (often hailed as the ‘national dish of Guyana’), meat curries and vegetables. In Indian households, brown rice and dhal (a gravy dish made with split peas) are popularly served with masala-based curries and stewed local vegetables. The African community is well known for its contribution of cook-up rice, conke and foo foo. The European settlers’ contribution of garlic pork and a variety of pastries is now a staple in the Guyanese diet. Cassava pone, pholourie, metemgee, farine based dishes, fried bora, salt fish and bake, fish cake and Indian bara are some of the other local dishes to try in Guyana.
Abundantly fertile and blessed with year-round tropical weather, Guyana is rich in local foods and known for its exotic fruits, fresh vegetables and grains, free-range chicken and beef, and diversity of fish species.
Guyana is a melting pot of culture, and you can truly see that in the local cuisine. Traditional Guyanese cuisine is inspired by the Indigenous Peoples, who have always lived off of the abundance of the land. Other influences stem from East Indians, Africans, and Chinese, colonial occupiers like the British and Dutch, and the neighboring Caribbean nations.