Bonaire prepares for the great Caribbean rum festival

Michelin star chefs. Beachfront cocktail bars. World-class rums.

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

Bonaire Rum Weekorganized by Caribbean Journal in collaboration with Bonaire Tourist Boardbrings some of the region’s finest rums across the island, showcasing Bonaire’s exciting foodie culture.

“We are 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 the Caribbean Journal. “Much more than a diving destination, Bonaire is establishing itself as one of the Caribbean’s most sought-after culinary destinations – and Bonaire Rum Week aims to highlight that.”

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

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 spots available.

This includes a rum on the beach at Plaza Beach Resort presented by Rum San Pablo (rsvp to [email protected]); the Bonaire Rum Week Cocktail Challenge at Tiki and Co presented by Diplomatico; and star chef Britt Thomassen’s rum-infused lunch at Harbor Village Beach Resort (contact [email protected])

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

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 [email protected])

Bamboo Bonaireone of Bonaire Rum Week’s hotel partners.

The event concludes with a multi-course rum dinner at the Caribbean’s number one restaurant, Brass Boer, owned by three-star chefs Johnny and Therese Boer, followed by a cigar and rum night presented by Papa’s Pilar (there is there are only six places left, contact [email protected] for RSVP).

There is also the recently launched Bonaire Rum Week Photo Contest (you can submit your photo here).

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

To learn more, visit Bonaire Rum Week.

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

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