Food & Rum Festival launches first annual Caribbean Rum Awards

Saint Lucia's 2018 Food & Rum Festival, held from 12th - 14th January, not only showcased the island's unique culinary and rum heritage, but was the backdrop for the first annual Caribbean Rum Awards. The Rum Awards in collaboration with Caribbean Journal, has been sampling rums from the Caribbean as well as international suppliers and distillers throughout 2017, and selected a shortlist to participate in the awards.

The Rum Awards consisted of several components including rum displays and samplings, a bartender's workshop where local bartenders were educated about the serving and pairing of fine sipping rums, judging of the rums by a panel of experts including a few VIP judges, and a People's Choice Competition based on all the nominated rums.

"The first annual Caribbean Rum Awards is a celebration of the Caribbean's most famous spirit," said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal. "At its core, this is a way to show the public the sheer diversity and quality of rum, something that is essential to the Caribbean experience."

Complementing the Caribbean Rum Awards, was the Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum Cocktail Competition. The competition featured the best Saint Lucian bartenders preparing their finest spiced rum cocktail over a first round of competition with the best of the best taking the stage at the Pigeon Island National Landmark on Sunday 14th January for the finale competition. Challenged with the task of making a drink from their mystery bar in only 20 minutes, the Chairman's Reserve Spiced Cocktail Competition produced a winning drink which has become Saint Lucia's national cocktail.

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