First Annual St. Lucia Food & Rum Festival in October

If the two of you love food, rum, and romantic islands, mark your calendar for the first St. Lucia Food & Rum Festival. Scheduled for October 26-29, the event will attract food and rum aficionados and travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind authentic Caribbean experience.

To celebrate, Coco Palm hotel is offering a special package that includes an all-access pass to the weekend’s featured events including music concerts by Third World, Monty Alexander and Arrow.

The Package: Coco Palm’s “Food & Rum Festival” package rates start at $650 per person and include a three-night stay in a Garden View Room, a Food & Rum all-access event pass granting entrance into the rum pavilion, music concerts, and three special four-course dinners with tasting menus. This deal is based on double occupancy, and is valid for travel October 26-29, 2006 with additional nights available at a separate rate. (Based on availability and tax not included.)

The Event: The St. Lucia Food & Rum Festival will attract the best chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics, food critics and music fans from across the Caribbean and internationally. This fun-packed weekend will feature food demonstrations, rum and wine tastings, nights at top restaurants with visiting chefs, rum boat cruises to the Piton twin peaks and music concerts on the “Caribbean Boulevard” with live performances from Third World, Monty Alexander, and Arrow among others. Featured chefs include Andy Rose (chef/owner of La Floridita, UK), Jason Inniss (Barbados native and chef/owner of the acclaimed Amuse Bouche, Toronto), Kahlid Mohammed (chef/owner of Batty Mamzel, Trinidad), Bobo Bergström (native of Sweden and chef/owner of The Edge, St. Lucia), and Richardson Skinner (Trinidad native and executive chef of Ti Bananne at Coco Palm hotel, St. Lucia). Festival hosts will be cookbook author and TV personality Judy Bastyra, as well as culinary critic Rosemary Parkinson.

Located in the heart of Rodney Bay Village, Coco Palm offers 71 rooms and 12 suites. Among the hotel’s unique features are the signature swim-up rooms that allow guests to literally step into Coco Palm’s free form swimming pool from their terrace. The hotel also offers Rodney Bay Village’s hottest new restaurant, Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro & Bar. Ti Bananne overlooks the pool and boasts light Caribbean Creole fare and nightly entertainment in an alfresco dining setting.

For more information:
• visit Coco Palm
• For reservations and to book the “Food & Rum Festival” package, call 866-588-5980 or email For complete information about the St. Lucia Food & Rum Festival, please visit

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