Over 10 000 local and visiting ‘foodies’ are expected to patronize the 2012 Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival taking place from November 16 to 19.
President of the Barbados Tourism Authority David Rice today predicted this would be “our best year” as he announced Award-winning American chef Marcus Samuelsson would headline the event. The festival will feature other prominent international and local award-winning chefs, including New York-based Barbadian Paul Yellin, Aaron McCargo Jr. host of the Food Network show Big Daddy’s House, Anne Burrell who has battled alongside chef Mario Battali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Toronto cooking legend Chef Mark McEwan.
Local award-winning chefs Angela Garraway Holland, Wilwore Jordan, Creig Greenidge, Henderson Butcher and Mitchell Husbands will be among the line-up of chefs from Barbados showcasing their culinary talent. Mixologist Jamaal Bowen, Bartender of the Year in this year’s Taste of the Caribbean competition will also be demonstrating his expertise during the festival.
Speaking at the festival launch at the Mount Gay Visitors Centre, the BTA executive labelled the three-year-old major local culinary event a success, saying support for the festival had grown from about 4 000 when it began four years ago, to an anticipated 10 000 to 11 000 this year.