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Do you like Caribbean food? If so, check out this year’s Caribbean food and rum festivals. What could be better than a vacation spent in the sun, wearing swimsuits all day, and sampling delectable cuisines and rum? In this blog post, we’ll take you on a tour of some of the most popular rum and food festivals in this fascinating part of the world. From the Bahamas to Grenada, Belize, and St. Barth, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of the best Caribbean food and drink festivals in 2023, and mark your calendar. Let’s get started.
Nassau Paradise Island Wine and Food Festival
This five-day festival includes a variety of events where you can join the most talented chefs, producers, and musicians, as well as have a one-of-a-kind dining experience with talented chefs and television personalities like Andrew Zimmern, Aaron Sanchez, and Alon Shaya.
Not only that, but you’ll be able to sample delectable foods, desserts, wines, tacos, and tequila inspired by Bahamian culture, as well as the talented chefs’ unique dishes, while also learning some tips and tricks in the masterclasses.
The following events are part of the Festival:
Tasting legendary wines: At the Wine Down Wednesday and Sparkles at Sunset events, held in Atlantis’ iconic Bridge Suite, which has previously hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest names, you’ll be able to sample iconic wines while enjoying the view.
Wine and dine with celebrity chefs: You can plan and enjoy incredible meals with talented chefs such as Andrew Zimmern, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Aaron Sanchez.
Jerk Jam: Chefs JJ Johnson and Alex Guarnaschell will host the famous event inspired by the Bahamian Jerk. Don’t pass up this opportunity.
Masterclasses: In these master classes, learn the secrets of making delicious pasta dishes and turning pasta into culinary dishes with chef Michael White and authentic Middle Eastern cuisines with chef Alon Shaya.
Desserts: At the Cake and Ice Cream, Sweet and Savory Brunch, and Sugar and Spice events, Duff Goldman will serve the most delectable desserts.
You can also attend the culinary demos or the pizza event in Pizza ‘N Paradise with Michael White.
Of course, the highlight of the Nassau Paradise Island Wine and Food Festival is A Taste of Paradise with Andrew Zimmern and JJ Johnson, where you will participate in the largest wine and food experience with all of the celebrity chefs and personalities. You don’t want to miss that.
The Festival has something for everyone, so book your flight and check out the festival tickets, which are now on sale; you can reserve yours and learn more by clicking here.
Bahamas Pineapple Festival
The pineapple festival will be held in the Bahamas on June 2nd and 3rd, 2023. Every year, this event is held to honor and thank the pineapple farmers who work so hard to grow and harvest this juicy delicious fruit that the Caribbeans use in almost everything Caribbean food, Caribbean cocktails, and Caribbean desserts. Pineapple juice can be found in a variety of dishes and beverages.
There will be a pineapple eating contest, cooking samples and recipe contests, music, Junkanoo rush out, traditional games, and a tour of pineapple farms at the festival. Make sure to include this event in your travel plans because it is a lot of fun.
Grenada Chocolate Festival
Grenada, also known as Spice Island, is a Caribbean island. If you visit in May, you will be taken on a chocolate adventure. The island is well-known for its week-long celebration of coca culture, and it is home to the Caribbean’s coca plantations.
The festival will take place from the 17th to the 19th of May. You will be able to explore coca farms and have the experience of being a farmer for a day, meet farmers, see the journey of coca growing, roasting, and grinding the old-fashioned way, and chocolate production, as well as sample food and desserts made of this pure chocolate, isn’t that interesting? Plan to attend this chocolate event while exploring the island’s natural beauty.
For more information on how to attend, see the Grenada Chocolate Fest Schedule.
Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show
Every year, the Crooked Tree Village in Belize hosts the annual Cashew Festival and Agriculture Show, which features chefs, artisans, and local cashew farmers displaying impressive crafts and cashew products over the course of two days.
Visitors will be able to see the process of extracting cashews, roasting and stewing them, and sampling a variety of local cashew foods, jams, stew cashews, flavored cashews, cashew cakes, and cashew wine on May 11 and 12.
Aside from that, the event will include games and competitions like the Mayan greasy pole and horseback riding, as well as live music. Come out and have some fun in the sun.
St. Barth Rum Event
St. Barth, this beautiful island, is excited to announce the sixth annual Caribbean Rum Awards St. Barth Festival. The event will take place from October 31 to November 5 and will include music, food, masterclasses, and, of course, Caribbean rum tasting. This event will be held at Christopher Davis’ Rhum Room St Barth, the world’s leading rum bar. Come out and sample some rum while listening to live music performed by local bands. The tickets can be found on Event Brite.
The Caribbean islands are stunning, and you can make the most out of it by combining nature’s beauty with fun and exciting festivals; plan your trip around Caribbean food festivals for an unforgettable experience.
Also, stop by our IC Caribbean shop to pick up some cool and unique souvenirs for your trip.
While you’re looking at flights and hotels, listen to our podcast episode about Grenada Travel.