In St Barth, a Caribbean Rum Festival Like No Other

caribbean rum festivalThe festival begins at the Le Barthelemy hotel.

It begins at the edge of the beach in St Barth, with a rooftop oceanfront party at Le Barthelemy Hotel presented by the world’s most sought after rum distillery, Martinique’s Rhum Neisson. 

What follows is a full-fledged fantasy for rum lovers: rum and cigar pairings, master classes, ti’ punch happy hours, pool parties, multi-course rum culinary dinners. 

And then there’s the centerpiece of this St Barth rum festival: the two-day Marina Festival right on the harbor in Gustavia. 

And that’s without mentioning nightly after parties at the greatest rum bar in the Caribbean: Christopher Davis’ Rhum Room. 

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The Rhum Room, St Barth’s legendary rum bar.

This is the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth, the Caribbean’s leading rum festival and an unmatched celebration of the finest premium rums on earth. 

This is the fifth edition of the event, which also of course includes the international blind-tasting jury that features an unmatched field of the region’s top rums. (You can find the full schedule here).

The event helps to kick off the beginning of the tourist season in St Barth, and sets the stage for the island’s Gourmet Month, which also includes the St Barth Gourmet Festival the following week. 

“Whether you’re a rum connoisseur, a lover of fine spirits or a bon vivant, this is an event you simply cannot miss,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal and co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth. “

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The week includes a Damoiseau VIP ti’ punch party at Les Ilets de la Plage.

This year’s agenda includes a number of heavyweight master classes, including brands like Velier, Plantation, Flor de Caña, A1710, Bielle, Damoiseau, Rhum JM, Rhum Clement and Diplomatico, all of which will be showcasing the very best of their product – and some of their newest innovations, too. 

Of course, the Rhum Room, which plays host to all of the after parties and master classes, is worth the journey all by itself, with a simply unrivaled collection of rare rums, including the largest collection of premium rhum agricole of any bar on earth. 

And there’s one way to experience the entirety of the event: an all-access ticket, which you can find here. 

“There’s no other rum festival like this,” Britell said. “Rum is not about stuffy conference halls and high-volume stuff. Here, every roducer brings the height of their “A” game, showcasing only their very best rums, and it all takes place exactly where rum should be enjoyed — against the backdrop of the beauty of the Caribbean.”

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