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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 Saturday fine dining events which pair international chefs with local top chefs; and the Sunday offers a mixed offering with a Flotilla & Beach Party and 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)
As the sun goes down grill fires come up and the heat is on. The Chef Cook Off means it’s time for those chefs in search of bragging rights, who...
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Christ Church FROM 06:00 PM To 00:00 AM
18Nov
Gourmet Safari with Chef Chris De La Rosa
Gourmet Safari with Chef Chris De La Rosa
Follow your favourite international chef for an evening of opulent dining at one of the leading restaurants on the island. Chef Chris De La Rosa will ...
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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"
Polo fans and enthusiasts will enjoy Saturday’s friendly exhibition match at Holder’s Polo Club while sampling world-class cocktails and c...
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St. James FROM 03:00 PM To 07:00 PM
18Nov
Rum Extravaganza - Taste of the Exotic at Concorde Museum
Rum Extravaganza - Taste of the Exotic at Concorde Museum
As we explore and taste the origins of Rum we will soak in sultry sounds, food and fine rums to whet the palate. Food stations intermingle with mixolo...
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St. Michael
19Nov
Flotilla & Beach Party
Flotilla & Beach Party
This year’s festival will climax along the shoreline with a Flotilla & Beach Party. This exciting all-inclusive beach party will be pum...
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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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