The Caribbean Rum Awards are to return to St Barth for 2021. The region’s leading celebration of fine rum is set to occur during the first week of November.
This year’s fourth annual edition of the Caribbean Rum Awards will be held from November 2 through 7. The festival includes the rum competition, a series of master classes, tastings and special events, along with several gastronomic rum-pairing dinners at the Quarter Kitchen + Cocktail Lab.
“We are back in St Barth for the fourth edition of an unparalleled global celebration of rum,” said Alexander Britell, co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards. “From the Caribbean’s leading rum makers to rum expressions you simply won’t find anywhere else, this is a must-visit experience for all rum lovers.”
The festivities are focused at the Rhum Room, home to the largest selection of fine rhum of any bar in the world, led by international rum expert Christopher Davis.
“We look forward to a new season and the 4th Annual Caribbean Rum Awards. We are increasing the Master Classes by world-renowned rum producers to provide more education to the ever-hungry rum collectors and amateurs alike,” said Christopher Davis, proprietor of the Rhum Room and co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards and St Barth Rum Festival. “This year we will be adding more days to the event in order to accommodate the demand from last year and the enquiries for this year. We will also have a Rum Cocktail competition featuring the best bartenders on St Barth as last year the audience was limited due to restrictions so we anticipate a much bigger and more festive event this year. We are also giving our local Rhum Arrangé producers a day to exhibit their unique St Barth rhum flavors where the visitors will be able to sample and purchase from their collections.”
Along with the awards, there’s the Accutron Rum Expo, which gathers some of the most sought-after rums in the world for a free tasting event to the public.
This year’s CRA will also bring back the People’s Choice Panel, which is currently accepting applications for non-professional rum fans to join and sample-judge-award a People’s Choice winner from a group of world-class rums. (To apply please send an email to Christopher@RhumRoom.com to be considered).
Last year’s Caribbean Rum Awards was the only global in-person rum competition of 2020, held in November 2020 in Gustavia.
This year’s competition will include categories in both Molasses Rum and Rhum Agricole, both featuring rum groupings never before seen at any other rum festival.
Attendees can sample an extraordinary selection of rums, meet with distillers, enjoy rum and cocktail events, taste fine cigars and enjoy the glamour of the Caribbean’s most luxurious destination.
“St Barth is buzzing again,” said Stiles Bennet, president and CEO of WIMCO. “Last week saw the opening of Atelier Joel Robuchon, making the restaurant scene more exciting than ever. Sophisticated travelers are flocking to the island this summer. In early November, we are already seeing a 55% occupancy rate for the week of the Caribbean Rum Awards, Nov 1-7. We are thrilled to support this gastronomic event which is being expanded this year to include multiple rum and food pairing dinners. It should be a great week to visit the island.”