Barbados – “Year of Culinary Excellence”

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Barbados – the warmth may attract you as well as the cuisine!

A third of all the visitors to the Caribbean island of Barbados come from the UK. Given the weather this week, that number may increase!

Last year the country saw a 5% increase in stay-over arrivals (as opposed to cruise passengers) last year. Cruise passenger numbers rose by 12.9% making it a very successful year.

Can it continue in 2018?

Since Virgin Atlantic launched a new Heathrow twice-weekly service to Barbados last December and Thomas Cook introduced a new weekly flight from Gatwick the winter visitor numbers – the peak time to visit Barbados –  should be high again but both stop next month. What entices us to visit the island in the hotter times of the year like spring and summer?

This year has been named the Year of Culinary Excellence and the tourist authority and the government will be relying on that to encourage us to visit.

It began with the Sugar and Rum Season which started in January and goes through until April. Then is the revamped Oistins Fish Festival over the Easter weekend. Fresh fish and other delicacies will be served up in any variety of styles but given the special Barbadian touch. The Barbados Food and Rum Festival will probably still be the signature event, the one that is known throughout the world. Once again, it will bring together some of the best local, regional and international chef and mixology talent for a unique festival of flavour. Local foods and the island’s famous spirit – rum, will be the highlight of this period of festivities, coupled with beach parties and other exciting cultural experiences that mark the annual festival.

Traditional dishes such as flying fish and cou cou, roasted breadfruit bowls and Saturday morning pudding and souse will all be on display.

To help diners manoeuvre the vast terrain, the tourist board will also be promoting the re-DISCOVER programme, which offers attractive specials at participating restaurants throughout the year.

Following the success Year of Sport designation last year, the tourist board will be hoping that this Year of Culinary Excellence will be just as big a tourist puller to the island

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