"When in Rome" as they say, and it's no less true for Barbados. Here the drink of choice is rum, and besides sipping it whilst propping up one of the island's many bars, why not take your appreciation to a new level? The Mount Gay Rum
Tour immerses visitors in the history of the world's oldest rum...with the obligatory taste test at the end! Meanwhile, deep in the countryside of St Peter, St Nicholas Abbey
is one of the island's oldest plantation houses, nestled in 225 acres of sugar cane fields. The beautiful 17th century Jacobean mansion is open for daily viewing, as is the neighbouring distillery which produces delicious rum using unique methods. There's also a delightful on-site café, its terrace overlooking lush gardens.
Passionate about gastronomy? Time your visit to tie in with the Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival (this year from the 18th until the 21st of November) and savour a wealth of epicurean delights. The festival sees the island's top restaurants and chefs take part across a packed programme of events. From exclusive gala dinners, to cooking demos, festive soirées and a cool 'dine around' concept; get acquainted with Barbados's best kitchens and the culinary art that is being created behind their doors every day.
The Mount Gay Rum Tour & Gift Shop:
Spring Garden Highway, Bridgetown, St Michael. Telephone (246) 425 87 57.
St. Nicholas Abbey:
Cherry Tree Hill, St. Peter, Barbados. Telephone (246) 422 87 25.
Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival: www.foodwinerum.com
18-21 November, 2011.
By Richelle Harrison Plesse