Food & Rum Festival
Unlike destinations where the festival calendar is based around decent weather, Barbados's year-round sunshine means it's packed-out with events year-round. In mid-October, the focus shifts to food and drink with the Food & Rum Festival (18-21 October), so it's a perfect time to head to the Caribbean island to soak up the local specialities that it has to offer and get a taste of the 'real' Barbados.
Rum is thought to be the world's oldest distilled alcohol, and thanks to renowned producers dating back to the 18th century, it has become synonymous with Barbados. The island celebrates this heritage every autumn by inviting world-class chefs and mixologists for a long weekend of treats for the taste buds.
Head to the Concorde Museum for the Taste of the Exotic exhibition, where creations from leading mixologists will be served up, alongside some great music and hors d'oeuvres. You can also don your fedora and catch a festival-special polo match, where rum cocktails and canapes are served while you watch the action.
Of course, it's not all about the rum -- "no other Caribbean country can match Barbados for the choice and quality of places to eat out," says The Daily Telegraph. During the festival there are over a dozen local and international chefs coming to town, including two Michelin star-winning Tom Aikens. Over the course of the four days there'll be street food stalls a-plenty, or you can book onto one of the 'gourmet safari' events, for an evening of themed fine dining from selected renowned chefs.