The fifth annual Barbados Food &Wine And Rum Festival will be “bigger and better” this year.
The international gourmet event boasts the ultimate Caribbean fare that offers Barbadians and visitors alike the opportunity to indulge in and experience world-class culinary offerings at many venues islandwide.
This year’s event will also feature new and exciting venues and first-time chefs: Tyler Florence and Stephanie Izard out of the United States; Ed Baines from Britain; and Trinidadian-born Roger Mooking, who is based in Canada.
Speaking at yesterday evening’s media launch for the festival at the Hilton hotel, Faye Warton-Parris of Premier Event Services told Barbadians they could expect a fantastic time this year.
“The culinary event of the Caribbean will bring together the very best of food, wine, rum and culture. Many of the world’s greatest chefs, wine and rum experts will join with the island’s best culinary artists to share their talents and to create what is guaranteed to be an unforgettable and rewarding culinary experience,” Warton-Parris said.
Acting chief executive officer of the Barbados Tourism Authourity, Petra Roach, sees the festival as a time to celebrate the talent that’s on the island where culinary arts are concerned.
“This event started five years ago, and it has grown massively over the years; and I think that when people sit down and talk about [Barbados] as a destination, with tourism as its major foreign exchange earner, . . . we need to think about what can we do to differentiate ourselves.
“We’ve got sun, sand and sea; but there are loads of other destinations that have got the same propositions. So we really want to focus on creating things that differentiate us; and I think against the backdrop of the amazing culinary scene that we have here in Barbados, it is just a natural evolution that we have a culinary event.
“So now in its fifth year you can see where it has now grown to include things like the trails, the restaurants including their own special specials for the Food &Wine And Rum. The whole of Barbados and the hotel industry are coming together to really make this into a fantastic event that we can offer to our customers. We are very appreciative of all the sponsors,” Roach said.
She added that Barbadians could expect the event to grow tremendously over the next couple of years.
“We really are building on those very authentic elements of Barbados and juxtaposing it with all the international exposure that comes with people like Marcus [Samuelsson of the United States] who has an amazing following. And again we have decided that there will be a UK chef . . . . We will continue to expand on it on a yearly basis, and we hope that you can also be proud of the fact that we are then exposed to a massive audience throughout the world who recognize that Barbados has one of the most excellent offerings in terms of restaurants and in terms of the food we offer,” Roach added.
The festival this year will run from November 20 to 23, and some of the events include the return of A Night Out In Oistins, where guests will be able to mingle with international chefs and experience local flavour of the fishing village; Sizzle Street, which will be held at the historic Garrison Savannah; Ambrosia V and the traditional family event Sunday Bajan Fiesta, which will be hosted at Ilaro Court; Indulgence The Cruise, which sets sails on the Excellence II; and cooking demonstrations, along with rum and wine tastings.
Patron Chef Samuelsson will be back for the fifth time, and joined by fellow the seasoned American Anne Burrell, who is now making her third appearance at the festival.
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