With no shortage of experiences, foodies can feast at any
given time in Bermuda. Here is just a soupçon.
A Year of Eatable Events
Bermuda brought its island charm to Charleston, South Carolina, in March
during the city’s annual Wine + Food Festival.
Of course, Bermuda and Charleston go way back—a few centuries
back, as a matter of fact. English settlers from the island established the
city in 1670 and Bermuda limestone was laid as the foundation for many of
Charleston’s historic buildings.
Centuries later, Bermuda came to the Wine + Food Festival with a bottle
of still-sealed, 151-year-old wine. The bottle was discovered on the ocean
floor in a Civil War-era, ironclad steamship, the Mary Celestia, which sunk
just off the coast of Bermuda in 1864.
A panel of six sommeliers smelled and tasted the Mary Celestia’s wine
and reported a mixture of crab water, gasoline, salt water and vinegar, with
hints of citrus and alcohol. In other words, it probably won’t make the cover
of Wine Enthusiast anytime soon.
Meantime, Bermuda hosted a Sunday Gospel Brunch at the festival,
an event filled with food, drink and the soulful sounds of Bermudian singer
Joy T. Barnum. It was a chance to show off the island’s diverse flavours.
Some of Bermuda’s most acclaimed culinary talents were on hand: Michiko
Campbell, sous-chef de cuisine at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and
creator of Chiko’s Smokey Rub; Andre Green head chef at Elbow Beach
hotel; Karsten Krivenko, chef at Tribe Road Kitchen; and Douglas Sisk, the
executive chef at the Reefs Resort & Club.
The popular Bermuda Eggs Benedict featured a fish cake, roasted tomato,
caramelised banana, poached egg, avocado, bacon and raisin bread, while the
lamb chop garnished with loquat jus and cassava cake was also popular with the
crowd. Nextyear’sCharleston Wine+FoodwilltakeplaceMarch2-6,2016.
Take a guided tour with head farmer Tom Wadson
at Bermuda’s largest farm featuring a variety of his
locally grown produce. He’ll school you on how farming in Bermuda has evolved from 1976. The unique
Bermuda stories around food and produce will be
brought to life with entertaining tales and a behind-the-scenes look at the greenhouses and local farm
animals such as the Bermuda hog – yup the same
breed to come ashore with the original settlers back
in the early 1600s. 238-1682 or tours@wadsons-
farm.com for more information.
While rum remains our island specialty, Bermuda’s only microbrewery should not be overlooked.
The Dockyard Brewing Co. is home to five different
types of beers and ales. Join a “Brew Master” who
will take you on a tour of the facility to learn first-
hand how local beer is made. After this tour, enjoy
a five-course meal paired with tasty local artisanal
beers. 234-2900 or frogandonion.bm/brewery
Join an east-end family of bakers at Sweek Saak
for a hands-on evening of baking traditional Bermuda
recipes. You’ll be guided through making fun local treats
while enjoying complimentary rum swizzle and light
snacks. Also drink in insiders’ secrets to Bermuda’s
signature dishes, rich in the island’s food culture. 297-
0663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These food experiences
are available throughout the winter – November to
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