The Barbados Food and Rum Festival 2018

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 9th edition of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival will be held from Thursday, 18th October – Sunday, 21st October 2018. The lineup includes; the Festival Opening at the Oistins Bay Gardens; The Signature Rum Event at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, with food and rum samples on the Friday ; followed by the Dine Around event on Saturday night which offers a wide selection of local restaurants hosted by the best of our local chefs. The festival climaxes on Sunday with an afternoon at polo paired with rum cocktails and canapes.

Festival Chefs

  • Creig GreenidgeCreig Greenidge
  • Damian Leach Damian Leach
  • Jamal Whittaker Jamal Whittaker
  • Michael Hinds Michael Hinds
  • Michael Harrison Michael Harrison
  • Rhea Gilkes Rhea Gilkes
  • Rodney Corbin Rodney Corbin
  • Javon Cummins Javon Cummins

Festival Mixologist

  • Thaddeus SealyThaddeus Sealy
  • Jamaal Bowen Jamaal Bowen
  • Ryan Adamson Ryan Adamson
  • Dameain Williams Dameain Williams
  • Antonio Busby Antonio Busby
  • Shane McClean Shane McClean
UK Celebrity Chef Tom Aikens joins us at this year's festival

CHEF TOM AIKENS DISCOVERS BAJAN FOOD AND CULTURE 

Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed & inspirational British chefs, owing to his innovative style creative interpretation of modern French cuisine . His remarkable career took him to Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire in Chelsea, and then Pied à Terre in Charlotte Street, under Richard Neat. After spells in Paris, with Jöel Robuchon, and in Reims with Gerard Boyer, Tom returned to Pied à Terre as Head Chef. There, at 26, he became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars. Tom is a keen charity supporter and Tom has had various TV appearances, including stints on Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen, The Wright Stuff, Iron Chef and Great British Menu.
Bigger and Better in 2018!  Enjoy an islandwide selection of dinning options this year

Gourment Safari Dinner Series

Those who look forward to the sit down dining experiences will be thrilled to hear that the Gourmet Safari dinner series has been expanded. Previously incorporating just three restaurants, it has now been opened up to several local standalone and hotel restaurants across the island. Guests can look out for Barbados Food and Rum menus at their favourite restaurants, boasting dishes especially created just for that night. Take a look at the various locations below. Please remember Bookings are to be made directly with restaurants.

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