The Guyana Rum Festival returns this weekend highlighting why it celebrates its food, beverage, and culture.
It’s at the Everest Cricket Club, Georgetown on Friday and Saturday, emphasising Guyana’s rich history in sugar cultivation and rum manufacturing. There is an exclusive dinner and rum tasting event on Thursday.
Established in 2019, the festival returns to in-person activities and organiser, Yonnick David, said they have received interest from ten companies along with overseas groups from Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly Barbados.
“This year we have a lot more international participation because of the success over the last two years. We have a delegation coming in from Ghana, who will focus on cultural food and non-alcoholic beverages,” David said.
Though rum is a common theme throughout the activities, the festival is more than just consumption of it but understanding the history and now fusing it will modern practices.
Apart from kick starting, Cricket Carnival in Guyana, the organisers want to put on display Guyana’s potential and grow the festival in the future by inviting other regional countries to make it a huge “cultural jamboree.”
There will be many novelty games promoting social interactions, and the organisers have added an augmented reality digital scavenger hunt.