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Barbados Food and Rum Festival, Bridgetown

October 29, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Barbados Food and Rum Festival

One of the delights of spending time in the Caribbean is the chance to sample some excellent rums. The Barbados Food and Rum Festival provides an excellent opportunity to discover Barbados rum while enjoying the best in Caribbean cuisine.

Unfortunately the 2020 Barbados Food and Rum Festival is cancelled. No date has been set for the 2021 festival.

Barbados is increasingly seeking to promote itself as a foodie experience. The theme of the 2019 Barbados Food and Rum Festival was ‘The Story of Rum … from then to now’, mixing rum with great Bajan cuisine.

Enjoy the music at the Barbados Food and Rum Fstival
Enjoy the music at the Barbados Food and Rum Fstival

The selections on offer are highly varied, from street vendors to tasty beach food to fine dining of the highest quality. The food events are held in a range of venues around the island, with Bajan restaurants creating special menus for these four days. These will be announced over the coming weeks on the event website, but expect lobster and lots of freshly-caught fish.

There will be creative interpretations of established local dishes like flying fish and cou cou (cornmeal and okra), salt bread, fish cakes, breadfruit and pudding (mashed sweet potatoes and onion in pig’s intestine – like a sausage).

Barbados Food and Rum Festival
It’s not just about rum at the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

In addition, the mixologists will be tempting you with a range of cocktails, including varieties of alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch. A full list of the chefs and mixologists appearing at the festival will appear here.

A personal suggestion is to try the mature Barbados rums. An old rum is like a single malt; it needs no adornment. Just take a comfortable chair, watch the world go by, and enjoy the caravan of flavours as the rum travels from your lips downwards.

Other events slated for the schedule are: Gourmet Safari dinner series on the Friday; Food Truck Mash-Up at Pelican Craft Village on the Saturday. It will conclude with speciality cocktails and food stations at the Ilaro Court on the Sunday.

Things to Do in Barbados?

Gibbes Beach Barbados
Gibbes Beach Barbados

As you would expect, the beaches are spectacular. There is quite a lot of history here too, from tours of the capital Bridgetown and the old military area, The Garrison, as well as restored plantation houses. Harrison’s Cave has almost one and a half miles of caverns. There are the botanical gardens and boat and beach parties.

Linked to this festival are a chocolate tour and, making rum since 1703, the Mount Gay rum distillery.

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival is not the only festival in the island. Why not try our 3 Barbados Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss.

When is the Barbados Food and Rum Festival 2020?

The event is from 29 October to 1 November.

Barbados Food and Rum Festival
Serious partying to be done too.

Tickets for the Barbados Food and Rum Festival 2020

Tickets, when available, can be purchased here.

Flights to Barbados

Grantley Adams International Airport is the entry point. There are flights from Fort Lauderdale, London, Miami, New York, Toronto and many Caribbean islands.

Barbados Hotels

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For more on the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

Click here and for more information on what to do in Barbados, here. Photos courtesy of Visit Barbados.



October 29, 2020
November 1, 2020
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