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Barbados Food and Rum Festival Whets the Appetite Barbados will host its annual celebration of indigenous fine and fun cuisine from November 16 to 19.

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WORDS | NICOLE RACHELLE MOORE

he eastern-most Caribbean island, Barbados was named after the bearded fig trees that once grew there abundantly. A British colony from 1625 until 1966, the country prides itself on being the birthplace of rum; the Mount Gay Distillery was established in 1703, and there are at least four outstanding local rums to be imbibed. Although formerly a producer of sugar, tourism has been the economic mainstay of Barbados for many years. Barbados is one of the most popular Caribbean holiday destinations, and remains a favourite with British sun

seekers. Amongst the many tourist attractions which contribute to the country’s repeat visitor factor are the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, Harrison’s Cave and white sand beaches such as Crane Beach (voted one of the top ten beaches in the world). Bridgetown, the capital, is home to the world’s third oldest parliament, which has sat uninterrupted since 1639. This rich backdrop enhances the four-day epicurean immersion to be had, sampling the abundance and variety of flavours that Barbados offers. The official festival launch takes place on November 16 at the historic fishing village of Oistins in Christ Church, CONTINUES SN OCTOBER 2017 019

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