Jamaica celebrates its 60th year of independence this summer and launches its two months of festivities next month.
The Jamaica Rum Festival will kick-start one great party that commences in June and closes out in August, said Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.
The Appleton Estate rum festival is on June 25 with the likes of Capleton, Tessanne Chin, Romain Virgo and Sanchez performing. The festival will offer several limited-time offers crafted by the world’s first female master blender, Dr Joy Spence.
The other big event, which falls in the middle, is the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest, from July 20-23.
Bartlett addressed the media at the launch party for the Jamaica Rum Festival at Jasmine’s Caribbean Cuisine in Manhattan, New York, last Friday, urging New Yorkers, particularly those born on the island, to return home to experience one of the most exciting periods in the country’s history.
J. Wray and Nephew Foundation’s Senior Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Tanikie McClarthy-Allen, described 2022 as a big year for the Campari-owned company.
“Not only do we get a chance to talk about Jamaica a little more, but we get a chance to showcase Jamaican excellence; and for us, Jamaican rum represents that. Our rum represents not only excellence, but it is an intoxicating mix of the complex blend and boldness, just like our people.”