HomeHot TicketsTom Aikens Set To Spice Up 2017 Barbados Food And Rum Festival This November, Michelin star chef Tom Aikens will journey to the island often referred to as the culinary capital of the Caribbean for an evening of gourmet feasting – and you’re invited to the exotic experience. Tom will join an award-winning line-up of local and international chefs for the final night of the Gourmet Safari dinner series, which is taking place as part of the wider Barbados Food and Rum Festival. Tom will be hosting the dinner on November 19, preparing a specially selected menu at The Tides restaurant, situated on the island’s luxurious West Coast. Tom commented: “I am very excited to be working with the team at Tides restaurant and to go back to Barbados after almost 15 years! It’s always a treat to be able to play with different local ingredients and produce, put together a menu and combining them with the local and magnificent Mount Gay rum. I am also really looking forward to spending some time re-acquainting myself with Island life.” The Gourmet Safari dinner series, which spans two nights, offers diners the opportunity to follow their favourite international chefs around the island as they prepare speciality spreads across some of Barbados’ finest restaurants. Other international chefs featured in the Gourmet Safari include Jean- Georges Vongerichten of the U.S.A at The Cliff restaurant, and Chris De La Rosa from Canada at The Crane. In 2016, the festival was rebranded as The Food and Rum Festival, to focus on Barbados’ indigenous spirit. Ideal for rum lovers, the island lays claim to the ‘birthplace of rum’ – and is home to the Mount Gay distillery – founded in 1703 – which is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world. Strategically held during the island’s culinary month of November, the Food and Rum Festival combines Barbados’ local cuisine and unique heritage to create a rich cultural experience celebrated by both visitors and locals alike. Running from November 16 – 19, the festival features a range of diverse culinary and cultural experiences including polo, a flotilla and beach party, and a night out in the popular Oistins fishing village. Find out more about the festival here.