Reasons to Visit Barbados
When you think of a Caribbean island getaway, you conjure images of idyllic beaches bordered by a bright azure ocean, swaying palm trees and luxurious resorts. While all of this is absolutely true, there’s so much more to Barbados that what you could possibly imagine.
Boasting a rich history and vibrant landscape, the ‘most British’ of the Caribbean islands is known as Little England, where afternoon tea is a well loved ritual, Polo is a favourite pastime, and dressing up for dinner is a tradition that the Bajans love to hold on to.
With a year round temperate climate that rarely drops below twenty degrees, it’s a fairly affordable escape all year round but with this time of year seeing a peak in occupancy. It’s not hard to think of a reason to visit Barbados, but if stunning scenery, blue skies and beaches aren’t enough – then perhaps the Barbados Food & Rum Festival will be the final straw to make you book your tickets.
Often referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, the Barbados Food & Rum Festival is a series of events held across the island, to celebrate the culinary and beverage experiences that the island has to offer. Ranging from Polo matches to intimate dinners, the events are designed to introduce guests to the finest cuisine that the Caribbean has to offer; showing off the work of the islands best chefs.
Colourful and flavourful experiences are aplenty for guests of the festival, which this year fell in November ; kicking off with a street food extravaganza in Oistins Bay, before a more lavish affair in the Concorde hanger where guests were able to sample miniature dishes from the world class chefs, and try beverages from rum experts and expert mixologists.
A highlight for me was the Polo event at the Holders Polo Club. What better way to spend the afternoon than enjoying delicious dishes of food prepared before your eyes by the Island’s best chefs, while watching a Polo match under the warm Bajan afternoon sunlight. It truly was blissful!
As well as the culinary experiences, the island of Barbados as a whole totally captured my heart. Whether it was the friendliness of the locals or the country’s incredible culture and postcard-worthy landscapes, it truly is a paradise island. Head over to my YouTube channel to get a glimpse of what our trip was truly like and join me on boat trips, take a tour of a stunning Sandy Lane villa and of course experience the culinary discoveries of the Food & Rum festival.
For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org