Celebrity Chefs Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson,
Ming Tsai and Tim Love to Headline November Festival
New York, NY (August 18, 2010) – The first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival will be the culinary event of the season as the beautiful island of Barbados in partnership with American Express Publishing’s Travel + Leisure, FOOD & WINE, Departures and Executive Travel magazine brands unveil the schedule of events for the four-day epicurean extravaganza taking place from November 19 – 22, 2010 on this lush Caribbean island. For a full schedule of events and information on purchasing tickets for the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival please visit or
Hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Features Director Nilou Motamed, the Festival will feature culinary masters Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai and Tim Love joined by London-based chef, Fergus Henderson,bringing their collective expertise to the masses through chef demonstrations, tasting events and interactive sessions. Wine seminars and events will be curated by FOOD & WINE Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle and wine expert Anthony Giglio. Guests will also get the chance to experience the authentic flavors of Barbados by local chefs including John Hazzard, Peter Edey and Henderson Butcher, who be demonstrating their culinary prowess alongside some of the most famous chefs in the world.
Additional highlights from the first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival include:
Moonlight Magic: Hilton Barbados , Needhams Point, St. Michael
Friday, November 19
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Festival kicks off with the opening reception at the iconic Hilton Barbados where guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the Festival’s headline chefs, while tasting renowned rums blended in Barbados, outstanding wines from vineyards around the world as well a variety of other spirits.
Rhythms of Rum Cuisine at Mount Gay : Mount Gay Visitors Center , Brandons , Spring Garden Highway , St. Michael
Saturday, November 20
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Lunch will begin with a walk through the barrels of history. With over 300 years of rum-crafting traditions, Mount Gay is the rum that invented rum. Guests will learn the history of rum-making and sample a variety of fine blends in the company of Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle. He will also discuss rum and food pairings, while guests enjoy a sumptuous rum-infused meal, prepared by a top local chef.
Ambrosia: Savour Barbados: Lion Castle Polo Estate, St. Thomas
Saturday, November 20
7:00pm – 11:00pm
The Festival’s showcase event will featuring a culinary sampling from festival headliners Marcus Samuelsson, Fergus Henderson, Ming Tsai, Tim Love and Ricardo Larrivée, alongside some of the finest local chefs from Barbados including John Hazzard, whose reputations have helped to put Barbados on the culinary map.
Tom Colicchio at the Cliff: The Cliff Restaurant , Derricks, St. James
Sunday, November 21
6:30pm – 11:00pm
The Cliff enjoys a reputation beyond compare as one of the island’s finest restaurants. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of this special evening where acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio’s innovative and creative cuisine is paired with the spectacular setting and amazing talent of the Cliff.
For a full schedule of events and information on purchasing tickets for the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival please visit or
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About Barbados :

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by; Barbados ’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. Barbados is also the first and only Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados will host its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010. The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via newly-launched Jet Blue, American Airlines, Delta and US Airways, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean . Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category. Follow the Barbados beat and catch up on the latest news via the Barbados Facebook page at and Twitter at For more information on travel to Barbados , visit, or contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.221.9831.