Barbados Comes to South Molton Street on Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May 2017!

Immerse  yourself  in  Barbadian  culture  and  cuisine at Taste  Of  Barbados,  a  culturally authentic experiencetaking place on South Molton Street, London from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May.

This three - day extravaganza,  brought  to  you  by Barbados  Tourism  Marketing  Inc, will celebrate Bajan  culture,  cuisine, music, art and of course, rum – all  of  which centres on embracing  life  and  happiness.  

Barbados  is  enveloped  in  a raucous  festival  fever throughout the  year with two popular festival highlights; Cop  Over Festival in  July and August  and  the world  famous Food  and  Rum  Festival in  November. 

Taste  of  Barbados will  bring  the Caribbean flavour to your doorstep and provide you a teaser of what the stunning island has to  offer. In  addition, visitors  will  have  the  chance  to  win  holidays  to  Barbados (including flights and accommodation) with daily competitions.

“Our island is a treasure trove of wonderful and very diverse events and activities which cater to all ages. Taste of Barbados is a special event designedto not only showcase our local culture and
gastronomy but also to give potential UK visitors an insight into some of our exciting upcoming events on the island
" said Cheryl Carter, UK Director of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

‘South Molton Street and the surrounding streets in Mayfair areiconic shopping destinationsfeaturing an international mix of stores and restaurants. We are delighted to partner with leading brands to create this event and look forward to an exciting weekend.'

A selection  of  Barbados’  world - class  chefs  will be descending upon  South  Molton  Street to cook up a storm of wonderful Bajan flavours and tantalising dishes. This will include cookery demonstrations from top Barbadian chefs, such as Michelin trained, Jason Howard and Anthony  Cumberbatch, plus don’t miss the Iron Chef Culinary Cook off on Sunday at 1pm when these two chefs go head to head preparing their own creative masterpieces right before your eyes.

Experience  the  ultimate  rum masterclass with Miguel  Smith,  an  Ambassador  for  Mount  Gay Rum, the oldest rum brand in the world. This golden rum offers a taste sensation like no other.

Miguel will  be providing insider knowledge  on  Barbados, the  birthplace of  rum,  while  also providing  samples of some of the world’s oldest distilled alcoholic beverage.

Get  hands  on  with  interactive  mixology  classes hosted  by Global Rum  Ambassador, Ian Burrell.  Ian will  be  lending  his  expert  knowledge  of  rum, teaching  guests  about  the different  styles  of rum  and  mapping  the  flavour  of  each  as  they  sip  their  way  between  the islands.  Visitors will also have  the  opportunity to  create  their  own  bespoke  blend  with  a selection of Caribbean rums.

Londoners  will  be  treated  to  a  medley  of  Bajan  talent  incorporating  calypso,  spouge, contemporary folk, jazz and reggae as some of Barbados’ hottest acts including Arturo Tappin &
Band,  Cool  Breeze  DJ,  a  Barbadian  Folk  Choir,  and  several  vocalists  ranging  from
acclaimed  Calypsonians  Red  Plastic  Bag,  Biggie  Irie  and  Nikkita  and  Jazz,  Gospel  and  R&B vocalists  Tamara  Marshall,  and  Marissa  Lindsay take  to  the  main  stage  to  create  Caribbean
infused vibes. 

This eclectic mix of Barbadian music styles will provide visitors with a taste of Barbados’ exhilarating Crop Over Festival, which celebrates the end of the sugarcane harvest in July and August on the island.

There really  is something  for  everyone  at Taste  of  Barbados including  health  and  wellness fanatics with  a yoga  demonstration on  Saturday  afternoon when  experts  will  be  on  hand, teaching different types of yoga and the benefits of each.

If art is more up your street, talented photographer Raymond  Maughan will  be  showcasing  his  photographic work of all things Barbados.

There will be plenty activities for children including, drawing and dance classes.

British Airwayswill have their very own simulator operated by BA pilots, offering guests the chance to fly a jet aircraft. All ‘student pilots’ will be presented with a certificate showing their flight path and overall score.

Carter  added, “With additional flight routes, Barbados is now more accessible than ever and our  stunning  coastlines  and  rich history  makes  our  island  the  perfect  choice  for  a  relaxed getaway.”
Find  out  about  all  the  exciting  events  that  are  happening  on  the  island  at  the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. marquee. With 2017 being the Year of Sport, there will also be lots of information about the new and existing sporting activities on the island plus hotel partners will be on hand to provide details on their resorts and offerings.

So embrace the Barbadian vibes on South Molton Street this May; from rum tastings and cooking demonstrations to music and food - filled festivities the weekend exudes ‘extravagance’.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful event, with plenty of giveaways including trips to Barbados, the idyllic island is right at your fingertips!

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