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October heralds the start of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival 2018! The festival starts a month early this year, on October 18 – 21 – a move which has been reportedly received with delight by many who have been unable to participate in the festival in previous years. For all of our foodies, this is great news! We encourage you to indulge in true Barbadian culinary arts not only at the festival but with a stay at one of our Barbados vacation rentals which offer exceptional gastronomical fare. Read on, we’ll tell you what’s new with the festival, where to stay in Barbados and how you can get free nights in fall with Blue Sky Luxury – The Holiday Home Experts!

In addition to the date change, another novelty of this year’s event is its month-long run – yes, the whole month of October will be a celebration of food, with several pop-up events, food truck crawls, restaurant specials on the Dine Around programme as well as many other food festivities. The trademark Food & Rum standards of quality food, exceptional chefs, stunning venues and delicious menus will be the order of the day as the 2018 festival kicks off with a Night Out in Oistins on Thursday October 18. This staple is the perfect celebration of Barbadian cuisine and culture, with a sea-to-plate offering…an experience that is quite unmatched. Sapphire Beach Apartments – a stunning beachfront vacation rental is perfect for large groups and is located less than 10 mins from Oistins! In addition to its close proximity to the festival, Sapphire Beach is also a cool walk to St. Lawrence Gap. Here, you can experience a variety of Barbadian nightlife and a must try if you love street food…the famous gap burger!

On Friday October 19, the world will be reminded that Barbados is the birthplace of rum with the Taste of the Exotic: A Signature Rum Event. Now set to be hosted at the grounds of the luxurious Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, this historically sold-out event is an all-inclusive food experience that features unique cocktails and other concoctions from the best mixologists and chefs across the island.

Why choose a Blue Sky Luxury vacation villa?

Why choose a villa? Most of our gorgeous holiday homes come fully staffed, just in case you need an expert chef to recreate a delectable local dish. Also nearby to most of our holiday homes are farmer’s markets and local fisher folk with a wide selection of fresh produce. Yum!With a Blue Sky Luxury vacation rental, you can customise your stay to suit your lifestyle. Whether you desire a flagship villa with a five star rating or a charming beachfront rental that’s near to the festival, a stay on the platinum coast of Barbados at luxury holiday homes such as Leamington Pavilion, Greensleeves, Crystal Springs or TomTom puts you close to this all-inclusive experience. Villa Guru tells you all you need to know about booking with us.

Another notable change on this year’s festival calendar is the Gourmet Safari Dinner Series being held on Saturday October 20. This year, the Elegant Hotels Group will host the series at: Tapestry Restaurant at Treasure Beach hotel, with a themed dinner entitled Creativity Meets Cuisine – complete with an art-inspired culinary experience, DJ music and live painting performances; the newly-opened Rum Vault at Colony Club hotel, which will host the 4-course Storied Rum Dinner; a Beach Barbecue Buffet at the beachside 246 Restaurant at Tamarind hotel; and, a Taste of Italy at the group’s authentic Italian restaurant – Daphne’s. Glitter Bay Estates are a short drive from both Treasure Beach Hotel and Daphne’s. These family friendly apartments sit right on the beachfront and feature a resort pool, children’s pool and tennis courts. If you prefer a bit more privacy Bora Bora a casual holiday apartment overlooks Paynes Bay beach and is just about 5 minutes walk from Daphne’s. Also located on the stunning Paynes Bay Beach is Waterside 402 a chic beachfront apartment – less than 5 minutes walk from Daphne’s and and approximately 5 minutes drive to Treasure Beach Hotel.

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The Barbados Food & Rum Festival 2018 then culminates on Sunday October 21 with the Taste of the Spirits of Polo at its home grounds at Holder’s Polo Field. Specialty cocktails, food stations, a game of polo and a relaxing ambiance will again be the winning formula for this event! A stay at any of our Barbados vacation rentals will ensure that you stay close to the action at all times. If you love to explore then take a peek at our “Free nights in Fall” Special and explore availability for a wide range of our best-in-class Barbados holiday homes! We do hope you come to experience this authentic Barbadian event and enjoy a well-deserved stay at any one off our outstanding vacation rentals!

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