20 Dec 2017

The Saint Lucia Food and Rum Festival, which is slated for January 12-14, 2018, will explores the island's sensational flavors with the Award-Winning Chef, TV host and Restaurateur, Marcus Samuelsson.

A new and exciting addition, is the inaugural Caribbean Rum Awards, curated by Caribbean Journal. The festival begins on Friday January 12 with select restaurants featuring rum inspired Prix Fixe menus. The three-day Festival continues through the weekend, with a celebration of the island’s unique culinary offerings derived from its French, British, African and Indian heritage, combined with the finest rums of the Caribbean and the world.

A highlight of the Festival is renowned chef, Marcus Samuelsson who, will present a Saint Lucian twist on his menu from President Obama's first State Dinner. Chef Samuelsson the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including, Red Rooster, Streetbird Rotisserie, and Marcus B&P will be lending his expertise to the return of this Saint Lucian festival. The celebrity  gala dinner slated for January 13, will be prepared by Chef Samuelsson assisted by a brilliant team of Saint Lucian chefs.

Also on January 13, the Rodney Bay strip will be transformed into a foodie's dream with the ‘Rodney Bay Culinary Experience’, where some of the Island’s best restaurants will afford patrons the opportunity to sample their rum-inspired creations. The lively Saturday night scene in Rodney Bay will be taken up a few notches with exciting flavors and live entertainment well into the night.

The Festival will reach its climax on Sunday, January 14 with an open-air event at the historic Pigeon Island National Landmark. Restaurateurs, chefs and rum makers will present the most delectable fare, including their own rum-infused creations. The festival day will feature sampling booths, live cooking demonstrations, rum tastings and a power-packed live concert.

The gala dinner will be an exclusive night of glamour, entertainment and some of the finest dining in the western hemisphere. Tickets for the gala event are EC$300/USD$120 with limited seating. Tickets for Sunday, January 14 are $EC20/USD$8. For more information visit: http://www.stlucia.org/food-rum-festival/