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5 Traditional Garifuna Dishes You Must Try in Belize

By Angela Wu 12/14/2018 3 minutes

For all the foodies out there! If you want to take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride of deliciousness, then you'll definitely want to try these 5 traditional Garifuna dishes! These are some of the best foods to taste in Belize!
  1. Sere
  2. Hudut
  3. Cassava Bread
  4. Sahou
  5. Cassava Pudding

Sere

Sere is a savory coconut and fish soup prepared with fresh coconut milk, okra, onions, cilantro and pan-fried fish. Depending on one's personal preference, some would add potatoes, cassava and other vegetables. Usually it is served with coconut white rice; but I prefer to have it alone and relish the deliciousness of all the ingredients in the coconut broth.

Hudut

If you've had sere before, and loved it, then you'd also enjoy a hot bowl of sweet and savory Hudut. Hudut is also a soup dish that is a coconut broth (sere without the vegetables) served with a deep-fried whole fish, and mashed ripened and green plantain. To add a little kick to your Hudut, a trick is to add a generous amount of whole habanero peppers in the pot.

Cassava Bread

Now, don't let the name fool you. Although it's called cassava “bread,” it's not like the typical soft and fluffy bread that you'd get from the bakery. It's has more of a chip-like consistency and texture. It is prepared from the cassava root that is grated, squeezed, sifted and cooked into a round, flat biscuit. The process of making cassava bread starts with grating the root. After the root has been grated, all of the shish is stuffed in a long, weaved strainer that is squeezed to get out all the moisture. The dried cassava shish is sifted to become a finer power. This powder is then generously scattered in a large, round comal that will be cooked until it becomes a stiff biscuit. During the cooking process, a straw broom-like utensil is used to sweep and smack the cassava power into the compacted treat. You can customize your flavors by adding seasoning to your cassava bread.

Sahou

If you haven't tried sahou yet, then you're definitely missing out! It is a sweet and thick milky drink made from the cassava root. This tasty drink is made with cassava, condensed milk, coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. The result? A delightfully warm drink that is perfect for family bonding events or an evening alone with your favorite novel. Think of it as the Belizean/Garifuna eggnog drink.

Cassava Pudding

If you love desserts, then cassava pudding will have your sweet tooth satisfied! Cassava pudding is also called “plastic pudding” because of the somewhat clear appearance and gelatinous texture. It is sweet and will definitely leave your fingers sticky - a treat that will put a smile on your face!

Where to find traditional Garifuna food in Belize?

Since Belize is truly a melting pot of cultures, you can find traditional Garifuna food at restaurants throughtout the country but more commonly in the districts of Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek. Often times these delicious Garifuna dishes are the special items on the menu that are only offered on specific days. During the times close to November 19, which is Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize, there is an abundance of these dishes being sold in restaurants throughout the country. Whenever you are in the country, traditional Garifuna foods are must-eats in Belize!

How much does traditional Garifuna food cost in Belize?

The price for traditional Garifuna food in Belize varies depending on where you are dining. Restaurants offering these tasty Garifuna foods that you must try can range from street-side restaurants to upscale, fine-dining restuarants. If you happen to be at a fine-dining restaurant trying out sere, for instance, don't be surprised to pay a little extra for your food. Keep in mind you're also paying for the ambiance and the luxurious experience.

Don't quote me on this but I'd say these are the average prices for tradditional Garifuna foods in Belize (based on previous purchases):
  • Sere: $10 BZD served with coconut white rice
  • Hudut: $12 BZD
  • Cassava Bread: $2 BZD for a little pouch of 2 cracker-sized cassava bread
  • Sahou: $3 BZD for a 12-14 ounce cup
  • Cassava Pudding: $3 BZD a slice

My favorite Garifuna dishes

I'm a huge foodie! I love and I appreciate all varieties of cultural foods in Belize. Living in Belize's melting pot of cultures, I get to tastes foods from the Mestizo, Garifuna, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and also the Maya people of Belize. These are some of the best foods to try in Belize! My favorite Garifuna dishes to have from this list are the sere and the cassava pudding.

There's just something special about a nice, wholesome bowl of sere and coconut rice that can be enjoyed on any night. And, to complement the savory notes of the sere, you get that much-craved sugar from the cassava pudding.

Have you tried any of these Garifuna dishes in Belize? Let us know what's your favorite or what you'd like to try in the comments! We'd love to hear from you!

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Garifuna Settlement Day Commemorating the first arrival of the Garifuna people in 1832, the national holiday of Garifuna Settlement Day was created by Belizean civil rights activist ... moreThomas Vincent Ramos in 1941, which wasn’t recognized as a public and bank holiday until 1977. Celebrated annually on November 19 throughout the country, the Garifuna community hosts street festivals, parades, cultural food sales and other traditional presentations in their location. The most popular locations for celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day are Hopkins, Placencia, and Dangriga.

Traditionally, the celebrations would open with a reenactment of the first arrival on dories along with lively drumming and singing. Following this would include a parade, the Miss Garifuna Pageant, and cultural presentations involving food, drinks, dances and art exhibitions. Garifuna Settlement Day is an important day for the country to honor and commemorate the historical and cultural importance of the Garifuna community.
2019 Garifuna Settlement Day Details for the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day are yet to be announced. It is most popular in Hopkins, Dangriga, and Placencia, locations such as San Pedro Town and Belize City host processions in traditional Garifuna clothing, drumming, Cultural Awareness Week and even fashion shows. Why should you be a part of the 2019 Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrations? This is a great opportunity to learn and experience the Garifuna culture in Belize whether through the tasting of savory and delicious Garifuna dishes or dancing to the beat of the drumming. Many visitors travel to witness the reenactment of the historical landing in 1832. You can expect to see live drumming, dancing, and history-inspired displays by the Garifuna people from Belize. Since this event is held on a public and bank holiday, it is widely celebrated throughout the country.
Venue:
Garifuna Settlements
Address:
Hopkins Village, Seine Bight Village, Placencia Dangriga Town,
Start Date:
Tuesday, 19 Nov, 2019Annually, starting Nov 19, 2019
District:
Stann Creek
Tours/Activities
$
50
/ Person
Provider:
Part of Ka’ana’s spell-binding magic is its deep roots in the Maya culture. Most of our guests are left with a sense of wonder at the rich history of the Maya people. If you can’t ... moreget enough and would love to experience Maya culture in a unique way, let us to take you and your taste buds on a culinary journey!

Maya food is steeped in a thousand years of history and tradition. Maya cooks still use ancient methods to prepare flavorful meals for their families. In this class, you’ll create classic dishes like tamales, corn tortillas, and caldo using the fogon, an authentic Maya stove, in our remake of a traditional kitchen. Discuss techniques and flavor profiles of the Maya and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.
$
25
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
 (1)
Learn and experience how the Maya make their cultural food.
$
70
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Learn about the many magical and beneficial properties of coconuts and the art of the traditional coconut milk extraction. Master the heat of traditional kitchen preparing a Garifuna ... moremeal over an open fire hearth rewarded by dinner and enjoying the labor of love! Delicious hudut!

Culminate your Garifuna Cultural Tour with a sensational drum roll- drumming, dancing and singing revitalizing your soul.
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
 (2)
Our Garifuna Cultural & Culinary Adventure Tour: offers an enriching vacation experience. As our Cultural Guests, you get the beautiful opportunity to:... more

Dress in our Garifuna Traditional handmade & uniquely designed clothing that is best for the subtropical climate for the duration of your Garifuna Experience. 

Explore the rich legacy of the Garifuna People via our Cultural Display Centres furnished with historical art pieces some of which are over 100 years old. 

Get to uplift your spirit with the enchanting paintings of Isiah Nicholas as you explore our Spiritual Centre. We are blessed to house his largest art collection depicting a varying aspect of the Garifuna Cultural inclusive of the historical journey of our Garifuna People, our spirituality, music, and many of our indigenous art forms, all displayed in their rich & vibrant colors.

Learn about the many magical & beneficial properties of coconut trees & coconuts and the art of traditional coconut harvesting, husking, grating & milk extraction. 

Master the heat in our traditional kitchen preparing a Garifuna meal over an open fire-heart. Your great reward will be the labor of your culinary love - Delicious HUDUT which is our coconut base chuddar/ broth flavored with fresh herbs & sea fish of the day with pounded plantains & well flavourful seasoned fried fish; or any other Garifuna Dish of choice based on dietary preference!

Culminate your Garifuna Cultural & Culinary Tour with sensational drum rolls learning the basic techniques of Garifuna drumming & Music & revitalizing your souls ultimately earning your delicious cultural dessert by way of participating in 45 minutes mesmerizing drum session.
$
100
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$
200
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
Traditional Early Morning Fishing: Southern Belize provides easy access to the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef, one of the largest and most impressive coral reefs in the world.Some ... moreof the offshore deep-water species that you are more likely to catch on a fishing tour: Blue Marlin or White Marlin Sailfish Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, Kingfish, and Sharks, while in the shore, these species abound: Barracuda, Kingfish, Cero, Spanish Mackerel, Groupers, Dog snappers, Mutton snappers, Cubera snappers, Yellowtail Snapper, Bonito, Bar and Horse Eye Jacks, and Rainbow Runners.Fishing in Belize is a unique experience due to the fact the the Belize Barrier Reef is home to a plethora of tropical fishesOn this fishing and snorkeling tour, your professional guide will bring you to amazing fishing spots where you will be able to reel in tasty specimens from a sustainable fishing method.
$
130
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$
200
/ Person
Departs From:
Hopkins
 (1)
Cook your catch on the beach! What’s better than a full day trip of snorkeling, fishing and beach cooking on a secluded beach in Southern Belize? It’s intimate, fun, tasty and very ... moreinexpensive.

You are taken out on this adventure trip on one of our boats to the southern barrier reef for snorkeling and fishing.

Your captain will take you to his favorite spot for your chance at catching snapper, grouper, barracuda, lionfish, lobster (seasonal) and conch (seasonal). After snorkeling, you’ll get on board and your guide will whisk you away to a private island where you will be able to cook your fresh catch! 

Your guide will cook your catch right in front of you on the beach ensuring the freshest & best cooking experience possible. Feast on your freshly grilled catch and delicious sides. After lunch, relax on the beach and enjoy an afternoon swim or snorkel, before heading back to the mainland. 

You come to the beach, eat, drink and be merry. It’s that simple.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
Placencia
Provider:
Belize Garifuna Cultural Tour The Garifuna make up just 8% of Belize’s population, but their unique culture has been recognized by the United Nation for its language, music, ... moreand dance. Originally from the island of St. Vincent, the Garifuna are a mixture of enslaved Africans who intermarried with indigenous islanders. After a failed uprising against the British, the Garifuna fled to the shores of Belize.

This tour takes participants to the village of Hopkins situated on the beautiful Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Participants will don traditional Garifuna clothing while learning about life in this traditional village and the history of the Garifuna people.

Participants will also work together to gather the ingredients and then cook a traditional Garifuna dish known as hudut. Hudut is the Garifuna variant of a coconut fish stew, cooking local fish in a creamy coconut milk mixture and then served with a side of delicious boiled plantains.

Following the meal, participants will enjoy a performance of Garifuna drumming and then learn to play several traditional Garifuna rhythms.

Angela Wu

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