Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival
Taste The Culture Of Barbados!
Barbados’ annual Food, Wine and Rum Festival is a four day celebration of the island’s best cuisine, wine and spirits. Showcasing both international and local chefs, wine connoisseurs, and cocktail mixers, every year the festival draws a large crowd of locals and tourist alike.
The festival is said to be rapidly enhancing the island’s growing reputation for great food and wine, and builds on Barbados’ 350 years of global fame for producing some of the best rum in the world.
The festival features the industry’s finest food and beverage talents, making it an internationally renowned culinary and beverage experience. Festival events are held at various locations island-wide, so not only can you experience the taste of Barbados, but you can also fit in a little bit of sightseeing on the side, too.
Festival goers are treated to highlights such as cooking demonstrations, suggested wine pairings, and a historical look at just what makes Barbados’ infamous rum so special. There are lots of interactive activities like wine and champagne tastings, Q&A sessions, as well as fine dining showcases by world-famous chefs.
You can also take a tour of Barbados’ rum distilleries (and get a taster!), attend various wine and rum seminars, parties and catamaran cruises, as well as a host of other community events. You’ll find all the latest cookbooks by top chefs, as well as other local arts and crafts for you to purchase. There’s plenty activities for the kids – so it’s fun for the whole family, and samples galore!
Visit the island’s top restaurants and experience Bajan culture at its finest at the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival. And, why not take the time to taste the national dish of Barbados – flying fish and cou cou – especially prepared by local chefs, bringing together African, Caribbean, West Indian and European influences all in one.
Note: You will need to buy a ticket to attend some of the festival events however there are so many free events you can participate in, without spending a cent!
What Can I Look Forward To This Year?
Previous years have seen the festival include street food, cooking stations, premium tasting bars, live entertainment with leading DJs, dancing, giveaways and prizes, and even a ‘cook-off’.
Now in its sixth year, the 2015 festival is set to be ‘revamped’ with a change up in the roster of events to include polo, shopping and beach activities. Running from 19th to 22nd of November, this year’s festival sees acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson return to the event, alongside celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, US TV presenter Carla Hall, Michelin chef Andrew Pern, and Toronto’s Craig Harding.
Home-grown Crane Resort executive chef Dwayne Holligan, and local chefs Henderson Butcher, Michael Hinds, and Craig Greenidge will also be making special guest appearances at the festival this year.
The festival’s opening event is the Oistins Coastal Blend, followed by the Evening Reserve presented by Limegrove Lifestyle Centre on the glamorous west coast, Taste the Spirit of Polo at Holders Polo Club, and the Gourmet Safari event series at the Crane Resort, Cobblers Cove Hotel, Royal Pavilion Hotel, and the Cliff Beach Club. The closing event for this year’s festival is the Fiesta in the Sand event, right at the beach of the Hilton Hotel.
Want To Know More?
Visit the official website of the Food, Wine and Rum Festival (www.foodwinerum.com/), which also has the festival schedule and special guest line up. You can also check out our events calendar to keep up to date with all the latest events for this year’s Food, Wine and Rum Festival.
Author: Brett Callaghan