When Festival Rum Bahamas kicks off on February 24th at Fort Charlotte, you can bet that there will be throngs lining up to bite into the delectable dishes the event has become known for delivering. Whether it’s a classic offering paying homage to Bahamian culture, or a sample of what our Caribbean neighbours have to offer, visitors will be wowed by the culinary delights on display.
A Foray into Festival Foods
They come in bowls, on plates, in carry out boxes, to be slurped, spooned, scooped, finger-licking, lip-smacking goodness, that’s what the chefs at Festival Rum Bahamas will serve hot, chilled or just right!
The chefs start their culinary battles early, arresting your senses from entry and sending your taste buds into a feeding frenzy. Fresh cilantro, thyme and rosemary mingle with the aromas of grilled meats and seasoned seafood. As the day progresses and meats marinated in more than a dash of Bacardi dark or Ron Zacapa hit the flames, caramel, molasses and spices perfume the air. Festival Rum Bahamas is not for the diet inclined.
Last year fans of Festival Rum Bahamas were treated to local, regional and international cuisine prepared by expert chefs and served up with style.
Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, event organizer and owner of Events by Alexandra took patrons on a journey through Bahamian history with her diverse range of dishes telling the tale. Mouth-watering, American soul food – chicken & waffles was served with a sweet guava syrup, Haitian inspired, colourful and fiery pikliz, and spicy, flavourful curry paid tribute to Indo-Trinidadians.
Vell Monkey Foot run by Kelly (of Pirate Republic fame!) is as known for her tasty roasted corn and delicious jerk as she is for being one of Nassau’s top bartenders. An absolute must have if you’re looking for a light bite.
Seasonal Sunshine Bahamas took vegan to another level. Their Lion Fish tacos, vegan bean
and vegan steak tacos coupled with an offering of local fruit Infused rum-fingers met and surpassed the expectation of festival foodies.
The Rum Kitchen with The Rhum Chef – Paul Yellin and nationally acclaimed culinarian, Chef Geoffrey Blythe at the helm doled out delectable festival delights while showing eager attendees how to expertly create rum infused kitchen masterpieces. Festival goers were treated to live demonstrations from these top chefs and others who skilfully prepared and presented rum infused treats like their Rum Octopus Ceviche with Fresh Mint, Curry Chicken in Pineapple Juice, Plantation Rum & Coconut Milk Marinade, Creme Brulee Stuffed Strawberries laced with a golden rum.
Fun, Food and Firewater – Festival Rum Bahamas 2017
Festival Rum Bahamas 2017 is shaping up to be no less epic than its predecessors. The event schedule is a 3 day marathon of food and drink demonstrations, competitions, live performances, presentations and partying.
This year, festival fans can look forward to culinary presentations by Chef Ron Johnson, co-administrator and manager of our national culinary team, gold winners at the 2016 edition of the Taste of the Caribbean. Accompanying Chef Ron is ‘Marvellous’ Marv Cunningham – the 2016 Caribbean Bartender of the Year, who’ll be stirring up something rumtastic during his mixology sessions.
Festival Rum is never short on entertainment and this year’s schedule is spiced with regional flavourings. If you’ve got your heart set on a Jamaican vacation they’ll get you started with pure vibes filled sessions dedicated to the home of reggae and Appleton. If you’re looking for something more mellow, they’ve got you covered, too. Take in the breath-taking view from the top of the fort while you sip rum and smoke an expertly rolled cigar or just kick back and catch a movie in the Movie Tent. Cuban dancers, The Pirate Band, street performers, limbo dancers, and the pulsating rhythms from Da Mighty Pencil promise to keep you entertained.
It’s the unspoken rule of foodies everywhere, that all good food must be accompanied by a great drink! At an event with ‘rum’ infused in its name, you can guess which way the drinks of choice will lean.
Whether you’re a festival first timer or a fan, the signature drink – A Dirty Mule is a must have. Made with fresh ginger, star fruit (carambola), lime and ginger ale with a Bahamian goat pepper tossed in to kick things up a flavour notch, the Dirty Mule is a great accompaniment to the food and festivities.
Rum lovers can look forward to an assortment of prized Caribbean and International rums to sample. Guatemala’s Ron Zacapa, complex, aromatic and flavourful; Jamaica’s Captain Morgan, the ‘original spiced rum’; Barbados’s Mount Gay Rum, over 300 years of bottled excellence; Cuba’s Havana Club rums, the perfect accompaniment to a good cigar.
Festival Rum Facts –
- Festival Rum Bahamas runs from Friday, February 24th 2017 to Sunday, February 26th, 2017, starting at 11am daily.
- Here’s where you can find their latest event schedule – Click here!
- Fort Charlotte is the venue of choice for Festival Rum Bahamas (click the link for directions).
- There will be live entertainment, culinary displays, rum tastings and vendors selling local cuisine as well as sauces, jams and jellies all infused with rum.
- You can secure either $25 one day tickets or $60 three day passes (Advance Purchase Only).
- Package deals are available! You can purchase The Dirty Dozen Deal (buy 12 – day entry tickets and get 1 FREE), or the 20+ day entry package, and get 2 FREE weekend passes.
Ready for a Festival Rum Bahamas feast?