The 8th Barbados Food and Rum Festival will be held from November 16-19 on the colourful Caribbean island, with the opportunity to experience a sophisticated, high-quality and upscale celebration of gastronomic art, featuring acclaimed international and local world-class chefs, rum experts and mixologists.

Often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, the festival has given birth to a series of events, including culinary and beverage experiences, designed to tantalise the taste buds, while offering a variety of other colourful and flavourful experiences to stimulate the senses.

The wide variety of events will include 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 and fine dining events on the Saturday night which will pair international chefs with local top chefs.

The festival climaxes on Sunday 19 November with a Beach Party at the Hilton Resort Barbados along with a final, fine-dining meal at the renowned Tides Restaurant featuring top UK chef Tom Aikens.

Hammerton Barbados has plenty of options for parties of all sizes to stay, here are just a few suggestions:

Allamanda, Gibbs, St. Peter (sleeps six):  One of six beachfront villas at Gibbs Beach in a very quiet location, the property has over an acre of landscaped gardens, plus a large, private swimming pool.  Allamanda is on one of the nicest west coast beaches and a short stroll to the restaurant and bar on the adjacent Mullins beach. The house comes with a cook and housekeeper (six days).  A week’s stay from 12 November costs £4200, or £700 per person when six people share.

 

 

Klairan, Sandy Lane, St. James (sleeps eight): Located on the famous Sandy Lane Estate, Klairan is set in an acre-and-a-half of tropical gardens, and has a private full-sized swimming pool and a large terrace for al fresco dining.  The house also overlooks the Sandy Lane Golf Course with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea beyond.  Guests also enjoy full use of the leisure facilities at Sandy Lane.  The house comes with a cook, housekeeper and butler (six days).  A week’s stay from 12 November costs £7770 or around £970 pp when eight people share.

Flights to Barbados not included.

Contact Hammerton Barbados on, 0800 368 9626 (www.hammertonbarbados.com).