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Finalists in Caribbean Week Mixologist Competition Announced
By Caribbean Week New York
May 19, 2017 - 2:45:04 PM

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Pictured (left): Sylma Brown Bramble, Director, CTO-USA; Hon. Barbara Atherly, Guyana's Consul General to New York; Nalini Tiwari, Adya Communications; and Eusi Skeete, Barbados Tourism Authority. Pictured (right): Mixologists and event organizers take a break from shaking their rum cocktails to smile for a photo opportunity. Front row: Eusi Skeete, Nalini Tiwari, Sarah Akromas, Syl Johnson, Dani DeLuna, Chelsea Kaiser, Sylma Brown Bramble and Kate Holowchik. Back row: Ben Schaffer, Andrew Porteus, Ryan Burke, Juan Arboleda and Clause Desir.

Final Rum Rumble to Take Place June 8; Winner Announced at Rum & Rhythm Benefit

New York, NY- On Monday evening (May 15), 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

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.
Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here. For more information about Rum and Rhythm and Caribbean Week New York, visit www.caribbeanweek.com.
Caribbean Week New York is supported by: Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Saint Lucia, The Atrebor Group, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Castles in Paradise Villa Resort - Saint Lucia, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Delta Air Lines, Dominica, FlightCentre, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, Nevis, Pleasant Holidays, Questex, Saint Lucia, St. Martin,St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Spice Island Beach Resort, Sugar Beach-A Viceroy Resort, Travel Impressions and Travel + Leisure, Turks & Caicos Islands.

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