A name that will often be heard when inquir­ing about Bar­ba­dos is that of the famous Oistins Fish Market.

Open Air, Open Atmos­phere
Oistins Fish Fes­ti­val
Oistins & Its History

Open Air, Open Atmosphere

PICT0290 2.JPGOistinsresizeOistins, in the parish of Christ Church, is a major fish­ing com­mu­nity in Bar­ba­dos with a mod­ern fish­ing mar­ket. Here on any given Fri­day, the locals and tourists alike con­verge here, at what may very well be the biggest and most fes­tive fish fry in the world. Good food, good com­pany, live enter­tain­ment, no cover charge. It’s no won­der that it’s an island favorite.

Line up for some suc­cu­lent fish and chips, a seafood plat­ter, a hearty din­ner or an old fash­ioned Bajan meal , but don’t expect to pay an arm and a leg the por­tions are gen­er­ous and the price def­i­nitely afford­able. Tra­di­tional fish fry­ers even pre­pare some fish on an open flame in coal pots like the ones seen below. Be sure to wash that on down with our finest Cock­spur Bar­ba­dos Rum, or try our bajan Banks Beer.

Food is also avail­able here on other nights of the week, unfor­tu­nately not on the same scale as Fri­days but it’s just as rea­son­able and just as tasty! Karaōke is another pop­u­lar event here espe­cially at Her­cules Bar! You don’t want to miss it!

But wait, It still does not end there; a trip to Oistins dur­ing the day will reveal a delight­ful sur­prise: Beau­ti­ful Beaches and a pier just behind the Mar­ket where tur­tles often come to be fed bits of bread or fish by the local fish­er­men, a com­pletely dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ence. The Famed Miami Beach is also here, hid­den just behind the Library and Police station.

Oistins Fish Festival

Oistins has become renown not only for its Fri­day fish fry but also for its annual, Easter week­end, Fish Fes­ti­val. This street fes­ti­val is a fes­ti­val of cel­e­bra­tion, to honor all those indi­vid­u­als who con­tribute sig­nif­i­cantly to the liveli­hood of the local fish­ing indus­try. Local Arts, Crafts, Gar­ments & sou­venirs, live music local cui­sine and enter­tain­ing com­pe­ti­tions like the “fun, fun Grease Pole Climb­ing Com­pe­ti­tion” , Fish Bon­ing tour­na­ment, Net Cast­ing and Crab rac­ing and Boat Rac­ing are high on the list of must do activ­i­ties dur­ing this week­end. Did we men­tion that it’s a won­der­ful place to get a good deal on authen­tic Bajan prod­ucts and games? Try your hand at domi­noes or stock up on local souvenirs!

Oistins Fish Fes­ti­val 2013 Dates: March 24th, 28th, 30th, 31st and April 1st.

Oistins & Its History

OistinsThe name Oistins comes from the orig­i­nal land owner Oistins who was an Austin and saw it fit to name the area Oistins. Oistins is the south­ern­most town in Bar­ba­dos located in the parish of Christ Church. It is one of the four towns in Bar­ba­dos and is the site of the islands largest fish­ing com­mu­nity and it comes alive every week­end with food, music and mer­ri­ment, the very best of local Bajan cui­sine in a com­fort­able open air envi­ron­ment.

Oistins is the site of sev­eral his­toric events the par­lia­ment of Bar­ba­dos, the sec­ond old­est out­side Britain, was inau­gu­rated in Oistins in 1639. The Mer­maid Tav­ern in Oistins was the site of the bat­tle between the Roy­al­ists and the Round­heads, which resulted in the sign­ing of the Char­ter of Barbados/​Treaty of Oistins/​
The Arti­cles of the Ren­di­tion of the Island from pro­pri­etary rights to the com­mon wealth par­lia­ment on Jan­u­ary 11th, 1652. This treaty was to ensure that Bar­ba­dos accepted the author­ity of the Eng­lish par­lia­ment and also pre­vented the local taxes from being raised with­out local con­sent. This agree­ment lasted until Novem­ber 30th 1966 when Bar­ba­dos gained inde­pen­dence from the Queen.


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Bar­ba­dos Fish Mar­kets
Fes­ti­vals & Events
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