For over 300 years, the Caribbean has been well-known for its quality rum. The Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival, November 19-20, 2010, is a celebration bringing together of over 100 rum and beer makers to Barbados from the around the Caribbean.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a rum aficionado or just someone who just likes the taste, everyone is sure to find something they like through the many samples of beer and rum available to festival goers.
Taking place at the Portvale Sugar Factory in Saint James, the focus of the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is exclusively on products produced in the Caribbean such as Appleton Rum and Red Stripe from Jamaica, Wadadli and English Harbour from Antigua, and Blackbeard Ale and Cruzan Rum from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hailed as ‘the rum that invented rum’, Mount Gay Rum was first produced in Barbados in 1703. As the oldest brand of rum in the world, Mount Gay Distilleries offers daily tours and tastings for visitors to the island. Mount Gay also offers its version of the popular Caribbean rum cakes, the Barbados Great Rum Cake.
Besides sampling the Caribbean afternoon away, visitors to the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival will be entertained by live music and Bajan cultural performances. They’ll also be treated to the Barbadian Food Court where local cuisine is the only thing on the menu. Be sure to try the flying fish by itself or in a cutter (sandwich) and the spicy, but delicious, pepperpot stew.
Other events at the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival will include cocktail mixology demonstrations, classes taught by local master distillers and brewers, a ‘silent disco’ After Party in nearby St. Lawrence Gap, and a sure to be lively catamaran Booze Cruise.
While you’re at the Portvale Sugar Factory, don’t miss visiting the Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum located in the yard of the factory. Named as a property within the Barbados National Trust in 1961, the museum offers a glimpse into the early production days of sugar cane.
All manufacturers showcased during the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival are eligible to submit products for award consideration. The 2010 Caribbean Alcohol Beverage (CAB) Awards will be determined by a panel of expert and layman judges who will blind taste test the submissions. The winners will be announced near the close of the festival.