Barbados Food and Rum Festival celebrates 10th anniversary

by W. Andrew Powell

Escape to Barbados this month with the Barbados Food and Rum Festival as they celebrate 10 years of great food, drinks, and hospitality from October 24 to 27.

Featuring incredible local culinary and cocktail experiences, the festival will focus on the community, history, and great Bajan hospitality.

Known as the “Birthplace of Rum” and a culinary capital of the Caribbean, Barbados has a lot to offer food lovers, and this year’s theme for the festival is The Story of Rum… from Then to Now.

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival will feature numerous local dishes, with Michelin star chefs, and the opportunity to sample a wide range of dishes. Barbados is known for their raw fusion of cooking styles that blends African, Caribbean, West Indian, and European cuisine.

The festival will also include beach parties, live music, and cultural events, plus you may get to meet the first female Master Blender of Rum, Trudiann Branker, from Mount Gay Distillery.

Highlights from the festival will include:

Night Out in Oistins: “The Festival begins as usual with the free open-air fish fry in the historic, beachside village of Oistins. Witness local chefs preparing fresh, grilled treats under the stars, and relish one of the island’s most talked about experiences of cultural and culinary fusion.”

Embark on a Gourmet Safari: “If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then follow it to the coast you love the most. Continuing on from last year, it has been once again opened 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.”

Food Truck Fandom: “This year, the festival is introducing the new and exciting Food Truck Mash-Up. Everyone loves fine dining but they also love a good street food! This event will be held at the newly renovated Pelican Craft Village and you are guaranteed to shock your taste buds as all the best street food will be in one location.”

For more on the Barbados Food and Rum Festival visit

Visit Barbados

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