First Nonsuch Food and Wine Festival Launched

Nonsuch Bay has announced that it is charting a course into new waters this November with the appearance of its first annual Nonsuch Food and Wine Festival. Scheduled to take place from November 15 through December 6, the three-week long event will showcase some of the Caribbean and local specialty Antiguan cuisine, along with wines from across the globe.

Hosting this celebration of foods of the region and international wines are Mitchell Husbands, Caribbean Chef of the Year 2011, and Liam Stevenson of Red and White.

Inspired by the growing interest in fine wines and contemporary Caribbean cuisine in the region and among travelers to Antigua, the festival will feature wine, champagne and rum tastings, cooking demonstrations, gourmet Caribbean street food, guest chef appearances and special tasting menus. It all culminates in a day-long extravaganza of both food and wine – Winestock – which takes place on November 25.

Also noteworthy on the festival's schedule are the complimentary wine tastings for resort guests each Thursday, hosted by Stevenson. Chef Mitchell will serve complimentary Caribbean gourmet street food that includes island classics.

The highlights of gourmet Caribbean cuisine will also be on offer at special tasting dinners on Tuesday November 20 and 27 and December 4, with each course paired with a wine selected by Stevenson. On December 1, chef Mitchell will be collaborating in the kitchen with a mystery guest from a regional restaurant.

With Winestock on Sunday, November 25, the festival brings together Antigua's wine dealers to showcase over 100 wines from France, Italy, Spain, California, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and Lebanon. There will be wine talks by Stevenson, cookery demonstrations by chef Mitchell, a buffet of Caribbean street food, champagne and rum tastings, blind tasting competition and live music.