Bonaire Set for Major Caribbean Rum Festival

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Michelin-starred chefs. Oceanfront cocktail bars. World-class rums.

The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is readying to host its most anticipated event in years: Bonaire Rum Week, the weeklong celebration of premium rum and culinary culture from June 14-17.

Bonaire Rum Week, which is organized by Caribbean Journal in collaboration with Tourism Corporation Bonaire, brings some of the region’s top rums across the island, shining a new light on Bonaire’s exciting gastronomic culture.

“We’re less than a month away from Bonaire Rum Week, and the response both locally and in the wider region has been tremendous,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal. “Far more than a dive destination, Bonaire is coming to its own as one of the Caribbean’s hottest culinary destinations — and Bonaire Rum Week is all about highlighting that.”

The event kicks off June 14 with an opening party at Rum Runners, the island’s premier waterfront bar, presented by Aruba’s Papiamento Rum.

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Rum Runners in Bonaire.

The rest of the week is filled with rum-fueled events around the island, many of which still have a few spaces available.

That includes a Rum on the Beach at Plaza Beach Resort presented by Rum San Pablo (rsvp to  banqueting.events@plazabeachresortbonaire.com); the Bonaire Rum Week Cocktail Challenge at Tiki and Co presented by Diplomatico; and star Chef Britt Thomassen’s rum-infused lunch at the Harbour Village Beach Resort (contact reservations@harbourvillage.com)

The following day is a rum tasting workshop for bartenders by the team behind the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth.

On the afternoon of June 17, Bonaire’s leading local rum brand, Rom Rincon, will present a Rum Happy Hour at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort (rsvp to fandb@diviflamingo.com)

Bamboo Bonaire, one of the hotel partners of Bonaire Rum Week.

The event concludes with a multi-course rum pairing dinner at the Caribbean’s number one restaurant, the Brass Boer, owned by three-Michelin-star Chefs Johnny and Therese Boer, followed by a cigar-and-rum party presented by Papa’s Pilar (there are just six spaces left, contact reservations@delfinsbeachresort.com to RSVP).

There’s also the recently-launched Bonaire Rum Week Photo Competition (you can send in your photo here).

“This is a new kind of rum festival, one that takes rum events out of stuffy conference halls and into the beautiful environments in which the Caribbean, and Bonaire in particular, specialize,” Britell said. “World-class rum and the remarkable beauty of Bonaire – what’s not to love?”

For more, visit Bonaire Rum Week.

For CJ’s other event, the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth in November, see here.

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