15Jan - 15Apr
  • Barbados Sugar and Rum Season
  • Barbados Sugar and Rum Season
  • Barbados Sugar and Rum Season
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Barbados Sugar and Rum Season

Category National Festivals
Dates 15th January, 2018 - 15th April, 2018
Location Bridgetown
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Sugar and rum is Barbados, and Barbados is sugar and rum. The stories are inextricably linked! The English colony of Barbados witnessed a colossal transformation of its economic fortunes following the introduction of sugar and rum in the 1640s. 

Within three decades, the Barbadian frontier economy dominated by small farmsteads, worked by indentured European labour, growing such produce as cotton and tobacco, had been replaced by large plantations worked by enslaved Africans. Cultivation of sugar cane and the windmill technology were quickly introduced by the exiled Jewish community which sought refuge in Barbados from religious persecution in Europe and Brazil, during the mid-17th century. In the ensuing years Barbados had become populated with over 500 windmills, which resulted in the island having the second highest density of these structures per square mile in the world, second only to the Netherlands. 

Though small scale sugar farming took place prior to the sugar revolution in the 1640s, this early experimentation produced a new liquor known as Kill Devil, which was later called Rum, from as early as the mid-1630s, thereby making Barbados the birthplace of Rum. By the end of the century the island was said to be the richest spot of land of all the European colonies in the Caribbean region and the “brightest jewel in the British crown”. This great wealth was made possible by the forced labour of the enslaved and therefore, we owe it to them to tell this story. 

Since the first settlement in 1625, Barbados was an agricultural-based economy, dominated by sugar and rum, until production of these commodities was eclipsed by tourism in the 1990’s. This rich heritage is therefore given pride of place through the introduction of the Barbados Sugar and Rum Season. This is an exciting, educational, and experiential season, which is steeped in creativity, history and authenticity. The Barbados Tourism Product Authority presents the 2018 Barbados Sugar and Rum Season!

Schedule

Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Portvale Sugar Factory Tour
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Mixology Roadshow - Palm Grill
Portvale Sugar Factory
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey – Lunch
Sugar & Rum Season Lecture- “Rum Labels” – Mr. Morris Greenidge
Bajan Open Bus Rum Tour
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Mixology Roadshow w/ David Barker – Tapas Restaurant
“I have a weakness for sweetness” Dinner- Pureocean Restaurant, St. Lawrence Gap
Rum Expo
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
We Rum: A Grog Keeps the Enemies Away, Barbados Museum and Historical Society
Chocolate & Pastry Class/ Bridgetown Walking Tour
Bridgetown Walking Tour
From Barrel to Bottle: A Tour of Bridgetown - Bus Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Canepiece to Cask; Stories from St. Nicholas Abbey
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey - Dinner
Sugar & Rum Season Lecture – “The History of Barbados Rum” - Mr. Richard Seale – Old Still House, Foursquare Rum Distilleries
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Chocolate & Pastry Class
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Spirit Tasting and Food Pairing
Mixology Roadshow w/ Cassanova - Foursquare
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey – Lunch
Rum Day the Rum Way at Pelican Village
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Sugar & Rum Season Lecture – Sir Paul Altman- Synagogue
Bajan Open Bus Rum Tour
Chocolate & Pastry Class
Mixology Roadshow w/ Ryan Adamson– Mount Gay Visitors Centre
“Piggin Out” All Day Garden/Beach Picnic- Pureocean Restaurant, St. Lawrence Gap
Bridgetown Walking Tour
From Barrel to Bottle: A Tour of Bridgetown - Bus Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Sugar & Rum Season Lecture – “The land that sugar bought”- Mr. Kevin Farmer
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Mixology Roadshow w/ Michael Harrison & Mixologist
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey - Dinner
Chocolate & Pastry Class
Bridgetown Walking Tour
From Barrel to Bottle: A Tour of Bridgetown - Bus Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Spa Decadent: The Event, Baje spa
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey – Lunch
Mixology Roadshow – Blueberry Beach Club
Sugar & Rum Fest, Sandals Barbados
Sugar & Rum Season Lecture – Dr. Karl Watson – Morgan Lewis Windmill
Chocolate & Pastry Class
Mixology Roadshow – Crane
Bridgetown Walking Tour
From Barrel to Bottle: A Tour of Bridgetown - Bus Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Bajan Open Bus Rum Tour
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Soothing Touch Da Spa Rum Spa Day
“Sugar & Rum Pop Up Village and Street Party”, St. Lawrence Gap
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey - Dinner
We Rum: A Grog Keeps the Enemies Away, Barbados Museum and Historical Society
4th Annual Barbados Chocolate & Pastry Festival
Sugar & Rum Cooking Classes w/ Chef Edey - Dinner
Chocolate & Pastry Class
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Sunbury Plantation House Dinner
Bridgetown Walking Tour
Caribbean Cuizine Big B-B-Q (includes overseas chefs)
From Barrel to Bottle: A Tour of Bridgetown - Bus Tour
     
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