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More visitors drawn to festival


More visitors drawn to festival

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The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival is succeeding in luring visitors to Barbados, while Barbadian patronage is growing.

Jerry Ishmael, director of Premier Event Services Inc., producers of the festival, told the Daily Nation on Saturday night that up to two weeks before the start, 55 per cent of tickets for events had been bought overseas.

Speaking at Ambrosia, the flagship affair of the four-day festival, Ishmael said this, the fifth year of the festival, had seen record attendances, with most events sold out.

Pointing to the turnout at the Prime Minister’s official residence, he observed those numbers had mushroomed from 400 patrons in 2009 to 1 200 this year. The large crowd, undeterred by heavy rains earlier in the day, packed an expansive marquee set up on the waterlogged grounds of Ilaro Court to savour dishes served up by a host of local and international chefs.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.