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Cocktails on the beach at the Delfins Beach Resort in Bonaire.

Bonaire to Host New Caribbean Rum Festival in June 

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 13, 2022

A new Caribbean rum event is coming to the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

It’s called Bonaire Rum Week, and it’s a celebration of the world of Caribbean rum, featuring cocktail competitions, exquisite rum pairings, cigar events and the chance to taste some of the world’s finest rums.

Set for June 14-17, 2022, Bonaire Rum Week is hosted by Tourism Corporation Bonaire and organized by Caribbean Journal, the world’s leading Caribbean travel media company and the team behind the annual Caribbean Rum Awards in St. Barth.

Bonaire Rum Week was announced last week in the presence of the CEO of TCB Miles Mercera, Commissioner of Tourism Hennyson Thielman, and from Caribbean Journal editor and publisher Alexander Britell and managing editor and EVP Guy Britton.

Sir Eddy Trenidad’s Tiki & Co, the leading cocktail bar in Bonaire, will play host to the island-wide cocktail competition on June 15 as part of Bonaire Rum Week.

“We’re so excited to bring a high-end rum event to one of the most authentic, naturally beautiful and eco-adventurous islands in the Caribbean,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal. “Bonaire has long had a world-class culinary scene, and this week of rum-fueled fun is the perfect way for the destination to help spotlight it while elevating it to the next level.”

The launch event in Kralendijk, featuring Caribbean Journal Managing Editor and EVP Guy Britton; Commissioner of Tourism Hennyson Thielman; Caribbean Journal Editor and Publisher Alexander Britell; and CEO of TCB Miles Mercera.

Bonaire Rum Week Partner Tourism Corporation Bonaire CEO, Miles B M Mercera, “We are proud to introduce Bonaire Rum Week as a new signature gourmet experience on the island. Besides being known as the world’s divers’ paradise, we are also being discovered and recognized by foodies around the world for our culinary offerings. Our first annual Bonaire Rum Week serves as our invitation to adventure seekers around the world to come and experience our authentic cuisine, local rum and our island life.”

Eric Gietman’s Cadushy Distillery makes Bonaire’s famous Rom Rincon.

The festival will kick off with an opening celebration, followed by an island-wide cocktail competition at the island’s premier cocktail bar, Tiki & Co, featuring Bonaire’s top bartenders; a rum-infused lunch; a spiced rum Happy Hour; a multi-course rum-pairing culinary experience followed by a rum-and-cigar pairing event.

“This event is a great way to showcase another side of Bonaire, as one of the Caribbean’s foremost destinations for foodies and spirits lovers alike,” said Guy Britton, managing editor and EVP of Caribbean Journal.

Rum Runners in Bonaire, home to the Bonaire Rum Week welcome event on June 14.

Bonaire has a thriving cocktail culture, from signature rum punches to microbreweries and beach bars.

The island is also home to the Cadushy Distillery, which makes Rom Rincon, Bonaire’s sought-after, award-winning and locally-made rum, which is the event’s Host Rum.

Bonaire Rum Week Partners include Tourism Corporation Bonaire; Caradonna Adventures; Delfins Beach Resort Bonaire; Captain Don’s Habitat; Buddy Dive Bonaire; Harbour Village Beach Club; Bellafonte Bonaire; Tiki & Co; Cadushy Distillery; JC Herrera; Bottles Bonaire; The Wine Factory Bonaire; Best Cellars and Best Brands Bonaire.

For more information, visit Bonaire Rum Week or contact

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