The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) has officially launched the 2023 edition of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival.
After a successful return last year, the 12th edition of the festival, themed Feed the Future, will take place from Oct. 19 to 22.
“After a decade, we have been looking at the evolution of the festival and we have found the perfect recipe for success,” said Aprille Thomas, director of public relations and corporate communications at the BTMI.
“One cup of culinary talent, featuring our local chefs and mixologists; two pounds of the community; a dash of vibes as this year we have top local, regional and international acts like Ayra Starr and Skinny Fabulous; and last but not least, a garnish of showing off to the world and inviting visitors to experience why we are the culinary capital of the Caribbean and the birthplace of rum.”
A series of pre-festival community pop-ups are scheduled to start this week.
The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 26: White Rabbit Bar from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 9: Fisherman’s Pub from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sept. 23: Bathsheba from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Oct. 7: Worthing Square from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
On Sept. 1, 15 and 29, the BTMI will also host pop-ups in the carpark at the Headquarters in Warrens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This year, festival-goers will also see the return of the its seven signature events and the introduction of a new family-friendly event called Bajan Fair, which will replace the Food Truck Mashup event that was held last year.
The festival will open on Oct. 19 with Oistins Under the Stars, a traditional Bajan fish fry and the best of Barbados entertainment, and close on Oct. 22 with Liquid Gold Feast.
For more information on the Barbados Food and Rum Festival and to purchase tickets to the events, click here.