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Experiential Dining Series: Island Fest

Many travelers today seek connections to their destination, looking to weave culturally or locally authentic experiences into their vacations. With food so strongly associated with each culture or destination, it’s no surprise that experiential dining is gaining popularity worldwide. Here on Aruba, several unique dining experiences are offered—from sampling farm-to-table fare to dining in the tropical garden of a local chef. In our Experiential Dining Series, we present a few of these can’t-miss experiences.

Experience #4: Island Fest

The town of San Nicolas, located on the southern end of the island, hosts the monthly Island Fest. Old-school Caribbean charm paints this town—the birthplace of Aruba’s famed Carnival—with vibrant authenticity, particularly during the Carnival season (January through March), and now guests can experience the excitement all year round. Island Fest features live music, colorful costumes of past Carnivals, performances featuring traditional Aruban dance, and pop-up gastronomy featuring local and Caribbean cuisine. The event is free (bring cash for food, drinks, and local crafts) and suitable for families, friends, and couples.

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