At the first ever Food and Wine and Rum festival  in Barbados, celebrity chefs Tim Love, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai, Fergus Henderson, and Rob Feenie came together with some of the island's top culinary talent to provide a weekend of memorable eats. From beef brisket to fried fish with pepper sauce, no culinary delight was overlooked. Find a glimpse of the delicious food here.
I could not get enough of these crunchy and salty plantain chips.
Bajans, the local name for Barbadians, love sauces; everything I ate came with a special sauce! For example, thick slices of succulent brisket was topped with a heaping dollop of horseradish cream.
Croquembouche, a cream puff tower, dotted with edible chocolate was finger-licking good.
Deep-fried fish is a local specialty.
Other fried foods are popular on the island, too. These addictive croquettes were a mixture of potato and spinach.
The Bajan take on mozzarella sticks involves goat cheese and won ton wrappers; classic marinara sauce is on the side.
The fried calamari was crispy and light.
This Bajan ceviche was seasoned with an unusual ingredient: lemongrass!
Crispy and scrumptious Spring rolls filled with beef.
Deep-fried shrimp: what's not to love?
One of the best dishes of the weekend was Canadian chef Rob Feenie's butternut squash ravioli with truffles. The delicate layers of pasta melted in your mouth and the subtle essence of truffle was absolutely sublime. I went back for thirds!
Another winner was Tim Love's black lamb belly sandwich. The bread was softly toasted, the lamb was crispy and fatty, and the aioli tangy and creamy.
Bajans love their beef: Sliced filet mignon was a crowd pleaser.
Ming Tsai created this edible masterpiece that's a combination of smoked salmon and buckwheat noodles.
There's no better beach eats than a fried fish sandwich smothered with mayonnaise and hot sauce.