Baha Mar Once Again Set To Host The Bahamas Culinary And Arts Festival In October

How will Marcus Samuelsson and friends top the inaugural event? Even more food and fun under the Nassau sun.

On any given day, Baha Mar can seem like it is hosting the party of the year. For example, anyone lucky enough to be spending a long Labor Day weekend at this popular Nassau property should be hyped for the Aperol Spritz Pool Party Bash that will take place at SLS Baha Mar. Or, for something a little more educational, informative, and delicious, guests at Rosewood Baha Mar can take part in the "In the Kitchen" series, which offers hands-on learning experiences with the resort's magnificent culinary staff.

Basically, there's no such thing as a boring day here.

But if food is on a traveler's mind, there's no better time to visit this sprawling resort complex than late October, because that's when Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his celebrity friends will once again gather for one of the biggest and best celebrations in the Bahamas: the Bahamas Culinary and Arts Festival. After last year's massively successful event, hosting an encore was a no-brainer.

"Building off last year's success, we are thrilled to bring back The Bahamas Culinary and Arts Festival. This event holds a special place in our hearts as it showcases Baha Mar as the leading culinary and artist-driven destination in the Caribbean," said Graeme Davis, President, Baha Mar. "Last year's event was a must-visit weekend, and we can't wait to commemorate this year with even more celebratory experiences and innovative programming hosted by an all-star roster of tastemakers."

"Must-visit" is a bit modest. The party was absolutely sensational. In fact, there was so much going on that it was practically impossible to see and do it all. Heck, I was exhausted after the opening festivities with Boys II Men, but fortunately the man behind Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House and the other visiting chefs provided more than enough food to keep everyone fueled throughout the three-day affair.

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(L-R) Chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Dario Cecchini, Amanda Freitag, Ming Tsai, Margarita Carrillo, Daniel Boulud, Carla Hall, and Simeon Hall, Jr. at the 2023 event. | World Red Eye for Baha Mar

This year's event takes place October 27-29, with Katsuya Uechi of Katsuya and Dario Cecchini of Carna joining Marcus for hosting duties, while Food Network superstars Amanda Freitag, Carla Hall, Geoffrey Zakarian, Scott Conant, and Michelle Bernstein ensure there won't be an empty stomach in the house.

There will be an even bigger emphasis on art this year as well, with FUZE ushering in talent from seven Caribbean nations, as if Baha Mar's art gallery wasn't already terrific enough. In addition to the culinary master classes led by the celebrity and resort chefs, the artists will also lead discussions, guided tours, and even demonstrations, which is a brilliant next step from last year's showcase.

The only remaining mystery is which musical act will get this party started, but that will be announced soon enough. In the meantime, Marcus and Co. have their work cut out for them.

"This year's Bahamas Culinary and Arts Festival is going to be an incredible convergence of culinary and beverage talents and artists together for an epic weekend at this very special property," the star chef explained. "This is an incredible opportunity to experience the flavors and soul of the island with our Bahamian friends and visiting guests."