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The Barbados Food and Rum Festival 2017

Barbados is often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. The Barbados Food and Rum Festival has given birth to a series of events, or better yet – culinary and beverage experiences – designed to tantalize the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the other senses as well.

The Chefs

At this years' Barbados Food and Rum Festival experience a sophisticated, high-quality and upscale celebration of gastronomic art, featuring acclaimed international & local world class chefs, rum experts and mixologists.

Festival Events Schedule

The 8th edition of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival will be held from November 16th – 19th and the lineup includes; the Thursday Festival Opening with the Oistins Bay Gardens Cook Off; The Signature Rum Event with food and rum pairings on Friday November 17th; the Saturday afternoon Polo Rum Spirits, and canapes; the fine dining events on Saturday night which pair international chefs with local top chefs; on Sunday the festival climaxes with a Beach Party at the Hilton Resort Barbados along with a final fine dinning dinner at the Tides Restuarant featuring UK Master Chef - Chef Tom Aikens.

16Nov
Night Out in Oistins - Official Festival Launch (FREE)
Night Out in Oistins - Official Festival Launch (FREE)
Savour the taste of the South as the festival curtain opens at the historic Oistins fishing village. Be there to witness local chefs preparing fresh, ...
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Christ Church FROM 06:00 PM To 00:00 AM
17Nov
Rum Extravaganza - Taste of the Exotic at Concorde
Rum Extravaganza - Taste of the Exotic at Concorde
Sweet, tropical notes with a smooth finish, or dark, full-bodied and spiced? .
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Christ Church
18Nov
Gourmet Safari with Chef Chris De La Rosa
Gourmet Safari with Chef Chris De La Rosa
In the East, chef Chris De La Rosa from Canada will host an opulent evening of fine-dining at The Crane Resort. 
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St. Philip FROM 08:30 PM To 10:30 PM
18Nov
Gourmet Safari with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Gourmet Safari with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Follow your favourite international chef for an evening of opulent dining at one of the leading restaurants on the island. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerich...
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St. James FROM 07:00 PM To 10:00 PM
18Nov
Taste the Spirit of Polo -
Taste the Spirit of Polo - "Rum & Polo"
An exciting game of polo meets a delightful array of world-class cocktails and canapés. Well-dressed cocktails inspired by the best in polo fas...
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St. James FROM 03:00 PM To 07:00 PM
19Nov
Gourmet Safari with Chef Tom Aikens
Gourmet Safari with Chef Tom Aikens
The Dinner Safari journey comes to a sumptuous end at the Tides Restaurant. Chef Tom Aikens from the U.K. will bid the festival farewell with his spec...
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St. James FROM 07:00 PM To 10:00 PM
19Nov
Feet in the Sand Beach Party
Feet in the Sand Beach Party
This exciting all-inclusive beach party will be pumping from start to finish with live performances, and a wide variety of food tasting stations.
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St. Michael FROM 05:30 PM To 11:55 PM
Discover The Birthplace Of Rum. Our Barbadian Heritage

A Tribute to the Birthplace of Rum

Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery - founded in 1703 - is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. Today's connoisseurs always appreciate a gift bottle of Barbadian Rum, there are a number to select from - Mount Gay Rum, Foursquare Rum, Cockspur Rum, St. Nicholas Abbey Rum, etc. Rum is the essence of this Caribbean nation's culture. It ignites the gossip in our bars and sometimes even binds our business deals. It is celebrated by every sector of our society, from farm workers to property tycoons. Barbados rum is the best rum in the world and it's the spirit of our island culture and history.

So just say yes to that first rum punch, and you'll soon ease into the spirit of island life. As the saying goes, time flies when you're having rum.




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Learn the History of the World’s Oldest Rum
Learn the History of the World’s Oldest Rum
Mount Gay Rum of Barbados tells the story of the world’s oldest and finest rum.
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Best street food in Barbados
Best street food in Barbados
The proliferation of eateries, which run the gamut from fine dining restaurants and fast food establishments to assorted “holes in the wall,” and street food vendors, testify to the variety of edible offerings to be had on the island.  
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The “culinary capital of the Caribbean,” Barbados is especially appealing to a vast array of foodies, who have learned that eating, dining and phenomenal feasting alone is sufficient reason to visit Barbados!  
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Land of Flying Fish
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