Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival Returns

Marcus Samuelson

Saint Lucia Food and Rum Festival explores the island's sensational flavors with the Award-Winning Chef, TV Personality and Restaurateur, Marcus Samuelsson from January 12– 14, 2018. A new and exciting addition is the inaugural Caribbean Rum Awards curated by Caribbean Journal. The festival begins on January 12, 2018 with select restaurants featuring rum inspired Prix Fixe menus and continuing through the weekend.

The Food & Rum Festival is a three-day festival which will run from Friday to Sunday and celebrates the islands 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 on Saturday January 13 will be presenting 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 dinner will be prepared by Chef Samuelsson assisted by a brilliant team of Saint Lucian chefs.

Food & Rum will convert the Rodney Bay strip to a foodie's dream with the Rodney Bay Culinary Experience on Saturday January 13. Some of the Island's best restaurants will be setting up sampling booths and extending service to allow people to enjoy the tastes of their rum inspired creations. The lively Saturday night scene in Rodney Bay will be taken up a few notches with the exciting flavors and live entertainment well into the night.

The festival reaches its climax 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 XCD300/USD120 with limited seating. Tickets for Sunday January 14 are ECD20/USD8. For more information visit:

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies' Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The "Helen of the West Indies," Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a tropical rainforest and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings

include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia is also home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.