The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados. from Moonlight Magic Slideshow

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Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Travel + Leisure Editor, Niloufar Motamed, introduced Barbados' Minister of Tourism.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Barbados' Minister of Tourism, Richard L. Sealy, noted the many successful food events around the world, praised local chefs for taking the reigns in significant local restaurants previously led by expats, then asked everyone to enjoy not just the "next four days, or four years, but the next forty years" of the festival in Barbados. "There's a new player on the scene."

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

The press itinerary lists camouflage clothing of any color as something not to bring because it's illegal in Barbados (apparently it's reserved for the Barbados Defense Force). By some bizarre coincidence, Chef Marcus Samuelsson just so happened to have unknowingly brought a camouflage jacket colored gray, white, and black. He quickly removed it.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

The band playing at the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Mount Gay Rum and cumin beef brisket with corn blini and creamy horseradish.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

This cook was preparing traditional Baja fish cakes.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Baja (Barbadian) fish cakes frying up in oil.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Scotch bonnet sauce served with the fish cakes.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Ming Tsai talking and signing books at Moonlight Magic.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Chef Tom Colicchio doing a book signing.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

The cocktails on hand at Moonlight Magic were:

 

Cozy Corner — Mount Gay Rum Extra Old, peach schnapps, Angostura bitters, and lemon juice

Magical Dream — Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Bols lychee liqueur, Chambord

Silver Apple — Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum, Bols sour apple liqueur, apple juice

Chester's Rum Punch — Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum, lime juice, grenadine syrup, water, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters, nutmeg

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Chester's Rum Punch: Mount Gay Eclipse Silver Rum, lime juice, grenadine syrup, water, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters, and nutmeg.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Tandoori grilled prawns with watermelon, golden beets, and guava coulis.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Mini doughnuts with mint chocolate and raspberry sauce, and soursop caramel sauce.

Arthur Bovino

The opening event of the 2010 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival at the Hilton Barbados.

Chef Tom Colicchio shows how to conduct an interview with a drink off camera.

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