Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Returns

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson headlines the 4-day event

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Top Chef Masters winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, as well as celebrity chefs from around the world and local Bajan chefs, will be serving food, wine, and rum at the third-annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Nov. 16 to 19.

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Samuelsson, along with Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat and the forthcoming Little Goat in Chicago, Food Network personality Anne Burrell, Canadian chef Mark McEwan of Fabbrica in Toronto, and season four winner of Food Network Star and host of Big Daddy’s House Aaron McCargo Jr., will lead cooking demonstrations, tasting events, and wine and rum seminars.

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Samuelsson will host a multi-course $250-dinner at The Cliff in St. James, while six guest chefs and six local chefs will team up to recreate an Oistins-style traditional Bajan fish fry and serve sample-size dishes at Ambrosia 111 in St. Thomas. Chefs include Burrell, Izard, McCargo Jr., McEwan, and the Rhum Chef Paul Yellin. Tickets are $100. Caribbean seafood, flying fish, and cou cou are the featured fare at the four-day festival.

Yellin and master sommelier Josh Wesson are leading tastings of a selection of rum from Mount Gay Rum, Barbados’ oldest rum distillery, and wine.

New this year is Sizzle Street, a street festival where guests can try Bajan street cuisine and watch a cook-off. Burrell, Izard, McEwan, Samuelsson, and Yellin are hosting separate cooking demonstrations throughout the festival at the Hilton Hotel in St. Michael. Tickets for these events are $50.


Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.