NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2017) – Last night, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomed six of the Caribbean’s finest mixologists to Roof at Park South in New York for one of the final two Rum Rumbles leading up to the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit taking place June 9, 2017, as part of the week-long Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY17).
Rum Rumbles are a series of promotional competitions held at popular rum bars in Manhattan. Last night’s Rum Rumble cocktail reception welcomed CTO officials and bar patrons as Syl Johnson and Dani DeLuna tied for first place to become finalists for their impressive mixologist skills and rum cocktail creations. Johnson and DeLuna triumphed over fellow contenders Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.
Johnson and DeLuna (pictured above) will compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year on Thursday, June 8, at the final Rum Rumble of Caribbean Week NY during the invite-only Caribbean Media Marketplace. The other participants were Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.
The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year will be announced at the Rum & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists will debut their winning cocktails.
Rum & Rhythm Benefit – “The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience” – is an elegant Caribbean cultural and culinary experience, but, equally important, it is a major fundraiser for the CTO Foundation, a charitable organization which provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and languages.
The event is returning to the historic Capitale, where colorful lights and live entertainment will transform the venue into an island haven where guests will be given a virtual journey through the Caribbean with food samplings and rum demonstrations. Consumers, travel industry professionals, officials from the region and Ministers and Directors of Tourism will mix and mingle while savoring eclectic cuisines and flavorful cocktails or immersing themselves into pulsating rhythms and cultural experiences that only the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean can showcase.
The evening will include a raffle featuring a Caribbean holiday package including airfare. The Auction will be online, but patrons will be able to bid on the many vacation packages, hotels stays and other travel related items from the event. Rum & Rhythm also features special appearances from top Caribbean personalities and celebrities, and Caribbean chefs and mixologists will showcase their talents with traditional Caribbean dishes and top-rated cocktails. Rum and Rhythm is the quintessential Caribbean cultural experience.