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Enjoy Taste of Barbados this weekend

TOP OF HIS GAME: Anthony Cumberbatch

BARBADOS WILL be the centre of attention this weekend.

Its culture and cuisine will be the order of the day at Taste Of Barbados, a culturally authentic experience on South Molton Street, London from Friday, 5 May to Sunday, 7 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 centre on embracing life and happiness.

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

Taste of Barbados will provide a Caribbean flavour and provide a teaser of what the stunning island has to offer. In addition, visitors will have the chance to win holidays to Barbados.

Cheryl Carter, UK director of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, said:

“Taste of Barbados is a special event designed to 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.

“South Molton Street and the surrounding streets in Mayfair are iconic shopping destinations featuring 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. Additionally, there will be 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.

MASTERCLASS

Attendees can 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. You can also 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. They 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 from some of Barbados’ hottest acts, including Red Plastic Bag, Biggie Irie and Nikkita.

There will be something for everyone at Taste of Barbados including health and wellness fanatics.

There will be plenty of activities for children, including drawing and dance classes. Virgin Atlantic Airways will take guests on an immersive virtual experience with VR Headsets that journey through the check-in process and on-board facilities on a Virgin Atlantic flight. British Airways will 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.

Those who make it to Taste of Barbados can also 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.

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