Multicultural Travel News

Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.
Multicultural Travel News is also written for leisure and business travelers looking for what to see and do and for marketing executives interested in ideas, best practices and the business case for targeting so-called "minority" travelers. We cover cities and countries, hotels, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor bureaus, tour operators and other travel marketers with a multicultural angle. Multicultural Travel news is written and edited by Lisa Skriloff.

2018 Barbados Food and Rum Festival Focuses on Local Chefs and Mixologists

For the first time in its nine-year history, the Barbados Food & Rum Festival (October 17-21, 2018) will transform its format to focus on local culinary and cocktail talent. In the past, Barbados’ homegrown talent was often eclipsed by the existing notoriety of visiting international celebrity chefs. The shift contradicts the conventional setup of high-profile Caribbean food festivals, which typically put several western chefs at the helm, providing a ‘New York on the beach,’ experience of sorts. With 2018 serving as Barbados’ Year of Culinary Experiences, the tourism board (Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.) sees this festival development as necessary to educate foodie travelers on the wealth of award-winning chefs and mixologists on the island, and inspire visitation specifically for Bajan food and rum. Many travelers, especially from the U.S., often do not know of the nuances that separate one Caribbean island’s cuisine from another. This will be a tasty way to learn how Barbados, the proclaimed Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, does it best! The new model of the festival also seeks to elevate the reputation of Caribbean fine dining – much of which requires the same level of culinary mastery as French or Mediterranean fare. 2018’s line-up includes Chef Damian Leach, Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association 2016 Caribbean Chef of the Year and 2018 Barbados Chef of the Year. Local favorites such as Chefs Craig Greenidge and Michael Harrison, and pastry guru Javon Cummins will also take center stage. Not to completely upend tradition, the festival will still maintain one international ambassador – London’s Tom Aiken. This will be the Michelin-starred chef’s second time participating in the festival. He will be tasked with promoting it and infusing his dishes with locally sourced ingredients. More information is available at the website http://www.foodandrum.com.