The Barbados Food and Rum Festival is definitely here to stay.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., William “Billy” Griffith, told Bajan Vibes this year’s rebranded event was a resounding success and the plan is to keep it, making improvements as they go along.
Griffith said the decision to rebrand the festival, formerly known as the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, was taken in order to focus more on the local aspect.
“This event here at Hilton would have been the culmination of a very successful 2016 Food and Rum Festival. We rebranded this year to showcase more of the rum aspect and we wanted to showcase more of the local chefs and so on. We think it has gone very well,” he said.
Griffith said he was very pleased with the attendance and thanked all of those who came out to support the event this year. “We have had four intense nights and we want to compliment all the visitors and Barbadians who turned out in numbers to support our events,” he said.
Griffith added: “Through this event, we promote all the best aspects of culinary in Barbados to the overseas visitor. I think we are doing good right now (but) we are going to fix some things.”
Griffith was speaking at the final Food and Rum event, Feet in the Sand, which came off at the Hilton. Patrons moved around on the beautiful grounds, feasting on the many Bajan delights prepared by the chefs and also various cocktails and drinks.
Performances from Biggie Irie and Krosfyah kept the crowd dancing all night. They were also entertained by DJ Salt.
“Tonight it’s now about the party, the finale . . . . I think we can only look forward to an even better event for 2017,” Griffith said.
The festival began last Thursday night at the Oistins Bay Garden, with a free show open to all. On Friday night, there was Taste the Exotic: A Signature Rum Event at the Concorde Experience. It was also well attended.
On Saturday, the food lovers headed to Holders Hill Polo Club for Taste of the Spirits. They also enjoyed a game of polo. Also on Saturday was the Gourmet Safaris at The Cliff Beach Club and Crane Beach Resort.