2007 "Taste of Barbados"

    (*) Note To All Tastemakers: An OUTSTANDING Island Festivity Well Worth A

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Travelers should mark their calendars from
Thursday, October 11th through Sunday, October 14th, to get a taste of
Barbados as the renown culinary island swings open its kitchen doors once
again for a lavish festival which brings out the finest tastemakers and
foodies from all over the world. The "Taste of Barbados" welcomes visitors,
local patrons and their golden palettes to a whirlwind of activities that
center around this festive feast. Food demonstrations, wine tasting, rum
tours, beach barbecues, chef seminars, sugar plantation tours, and party after
party make up this dining extravaganza! If food is your hobby - or for those
who just want to learn a thing or two - what could be a better experiential
expedition than to engulf yourself in this ultimate food focused program which
takes place on a unique island in the sunny Caribbean?
    "We would like to open the eyes of travelers so they consider Barbados as
the number one culinary island. We really own this market in the Caribbean.
With the success of last years 'Taste of Barbados' festival, we hope visitors
will return to the island to enjoy this truly unforgettable experience", said
Richard Williams, Vice President, The Americas.
    Through a partnership with Food & Wine, Sandy Lane hotel will feature LA
based celebrity chef Govind Armstrong's flavorful menu on October 14th.
    "We are excited to be a sponsor of the upcoming Taste of Barbados. Food &
Wine has had a longstanding partnership with the Barbados Tourism Authority,
and of course, are always happy to work with our friends at Departures," says
Food & Wine VP/Publisher J.P. Kyrillos. "Barbados has a rich culinary history,
and this event will give consumers an opportunity to experience it and the
tastes of great American chefs like Govind Armstrong."
    The 2007 "Taste of Barbados" schedule brings a wide range of festive
activities. Safari rum tours, wine tasting, cooking seminars, lunch cruises,
beach parties, the best Bajan barbeques, and a "Where De Sugar Come From" tour
and cooking session are amongst the more traditional.
    The "Village Doctor Seminar" invites you to experience and learn about
the natural herbal remedies that stem from various Caribbean herbs and foods.
Many ingredients used in Bajan cooking carry unique medicinal properties. You
are invited to explore and find out which ones!
    Another interesting offering at this year's festival invites you to hear
about the fascinating truths, myths and legends of some of the most potent
Caribbean love potions and world famous sensual foods prepared by several of
Barbados most celebrated chefs. The "Aphrodisiac Cooking Session" tempts your
senses as tales are told about the effectiveness of Caribbean culinary
combinations. Before you leave, you can unwind with a little yoga or sip on a
chamomile cocktail.
    "Dining by Design" hosted by the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association is
another extraordinary highlight to the "Taste of Barbados" program. This is a
unique pairing of designers and chefs to create special dining spaces and
cuisine that compliment each other to create an experience that will stimulate
all of your senses. Guests can choose the chef and designer of their choice
and will receive personalized service during this spectacular event.
    The island of Barbados is offering an excellent "Taste of Barbados"
package to the island for visitors to experience this special affair. Package
does not include air or hotel and official dates are Oct. 11th-14th.

    Package details include:

    -   $500 per person
    -   Package dates Oct 11th- 14th 2007
    -   Choice of 6 Taste of Barbados attractions
    -   Special extra value for Taste of Barbados includes duty free shopping
        retail discounts island-wide
    -   25% discount off all participating attractions

    Price shown is per person, net of commission. This is the supplementary
packaged price which the tour operator will add onto the room and airfare
    To book your "Taste of Barbados" package visit www.visitbarbados.org or
your local travel agent or call 1-800-491-6341 for information.

    The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience
with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable
landscapes ranging from rolling waves on the Atlantic to those gently lapping
the Caribbean coast. It is the first and only Zagat rated Caribbean island
with numerous internationally-renowned chefs who masterfully put signature
spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is also an ideal stage for
world-class events and has hosted numerous athletic championships, including
the 2007 Cricket Finals and the 2006 PGA World Cup. Accommodations range from
picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to
award-winning five-star resorts. The newly renovated Grantley Adams
International Airport offers non-stop and direct service from Toronto.  The
island's official website is www.visitbarbados.org. For more information,
contact the Barbados Tourism Authority at 1.800.268-9122.

For further information:

For further information: Gail Stewart, Stewart Communications, (416)
410-7193, gail.stewart@rogers.com

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