Barbados - A Culinary Experience

Katrina Smith on 01 October 2018
Barbados is one of my favourite Caribbean islands. With unspoilt beaches, clear waters, wonderful rum cocktails and amazing jerk chicken, what’s not to love!

2018 is the Barbados Year of Culinary Experiences. Bajan cuisine brings together the influences of the Caribbean, Africa, West Indies and Europe to create a truly unique and authentic culinary experience.

Barbados is unofficially known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean with over 100 fabulous restaurants on the island. There is a huge selection of fine dining restaurants with stunning panoramic views – one of the most famous being The Cliff restaurant located right on the cliff edge on the west coast of the island.

No trip to Barbados would be complete without a trip to Oistins Fish Fry. Every Friday hundreds of people, tourists and locals gather in the fishing village of Oistins for a good old song and dance. The rum flows, and there are so many fish stalls serving up flying fish, swordfish, tuna and much, much more. As the night wears on DJs play and performer take to the stage. It’s a night you won’t forget.

One of my favourite restaurants, both for lunch or dinner is The Fishpot. Housed in a waterfront 17th Century fort, it is right on the beach just north of Speightstown. It has an impressive wine list and delicious food. I particularly liked the Asian Tuna.

Another firm favourite with returning guests is Daphne’s restaurant part of the Elegant Hotels group, which has seven luxury hotels in Barbados. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Daphne’s has hosted celebrity guests including Simon Cowell, Rihanna, Claudia Schiffer, Gerard Butler and more in its stunning oceanfront location.

An event not to be missed is the Food and Rum Festival which this year is being held October 18th to 21st. Local chefs and mixologists are joined by celebrity chefs to create exciting culinary delights for this event, and of course it wouldn’t be complete without rum – Barbados is the birthplace of rum. You have to try a Barbados Rum Punch – there is nothing else like it!