Barbados Food and Rum Festival Awarded Best Culinary Festival in the Caribbean

With just a few days until its 12th edition officially kicks off, the Barbados Food and Rum Festival was awarded the Best Culinary Festival in the Caribbean.

This announcement was made on Monday, October 16th at a special awards ceremony held by The World Culinary Awards in Dubai. 


A Celebration of Culinary Excellence 

The World Culinary Awards celebrates and rewards excellence in the culinary industry, honouring those who push the boundaries of taste, innovation, and cultural appreciation. Each year the World Culinary Awards encourages the culinary industry to enter one of the many available categories for nomination. Then during a destinated period, the community, industry experts and consumers are invited to vote online. 

This accolade not only acknowledges the festival’s outstanding achievements but also affirms Barbados’ position as a top culinary destination.  Within the category were also culinary events such as the Cayman Cookout, Jamaica Food and Drink Festival, and St Barts Gourmet Festival.


The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Aprille Thomas, Director of PR and Communications and the Festival’s Director, expressed her elation at the recognition saying, “We are thrilled and honoured to receive this prestigious award. This recognition not only showcases how world-class this festival truly is but cements the fact that we are the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. This wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible chefs and mixologists, so I would like to also congratulate them on this exceptional achievement.”

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival is described as the ultimate foodie dream weekend, showcasing the culinary talents of 23 local chefs and mixologists. Through its celebration of cuisine and rum heritage, the festival has evolved into a must-attend event for food enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. The festival’s commitment to excellence, creativity, and showcasing the rich culinary traditions of Barbados has made it a unique experience in the Caribbean’s culinary calendar.

 This year is set to be the biggest and most inclusive edition with an event for everyone to enjoy.  From October 19th-22nd, food lovers from all walks of life can experience cooking demos with world-renowned chefs, a premium all-inclusive gala featuring, a family-friendly “Bajan Fair” and so much more.


Developing Barbados Culinary Industry

In addition to the festival’s win, Barbados has more reasons to celebrate as the Jean and Norma Holder Hospitality Institute Barbados Community College copped the title of the Caribbean’s Best Culinary Training Institution. This recognition highlights the island’s dedication to developing its culinary landscape and the next generation of culinary talents.

As the Barbados Food and Rum Festival continues to raise the bar in culinary excellence, this award is a testament to the growth of the island’s t culinary industry. 

Barbados Food and Rum Festival Awarded Best Culinary  Festival in the Caribbean