about bonaire rum week

It’s always been the Caribbean capital of diving, a haven for sustainability and the natural environment. 

But now another side of Bonaire is in the spotlight, as more and more travelers appreciate Bonaire’s place as the culinary star of the ABC islands, where world-class eateries abound and a cocktail and a fine spirits culture continues to grow. 

And that’s the thinking behind the island’s newest event, Bonaire Rum Week, a weeklong festival highlighting the finest premium rums from the Caribbean and the island’s buzzing gastronomic movement. 

“Bonaire has become one of the Caribbean’s top gourmet destinations, led by an impressive collection of world-class eateries and some terrific bars,” says Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal, which is organizing the event hosted by Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “With Bonaire Rum Week, we’re celebrating rum as an artisanal, ultra-premium spirit, set against the backdrop of this impossibly beautiful, pristine island.”

schedule of events

tuesday, june 14

Opening Rum Event at Rum Runners Presented by Rum Papiamento

6 PM-8PM

Kick off Bonaire Rum Week 2022 with Aruba's celebrated Papiamento Rum in an oceanfront setting at Bonaire's most famous bar. 


wednesday, june 15

Rum on the Beach at Plaza Beach & Dive Resort Presented by Rum San Pablo

3 PM - RSVP only

Check out the buzzing beach at the Plaza Resort, with a sampling of rums from the Bonaire Rum Week festival bar and enjoy the local music of the Silverbullet Steelband. banqueting.events@plazabeachresortbonaire.com

thursday, june 16

Bonaire Rum Week Cocktail Competition Presented by Diplomatico 

7 PM

Bonaire's top mixologists face off at the Tiki & Co cocktail bar in Kralendijk.

Rum Lunch at Harbour Village Beach Club

12 PM Presented by San Juan Artisan Distillers (RSVP only)


Star Chef Britt Thomassen serves up a rum-infused lunch at the beachfront La Balandra restaurant (with our festival bar on hand for premium sampling, too).

rsvp to rsvp@caribjournal.com


Rum Happy Hour at Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire Presented by Clifton Estate Rum 

5 PM

Try the Caribbean's top spiced rum, the Nevis-made Clifton Estate Rum, the award-winning expression by Mark Theron, in a waterfront happy hour set at Blennies Restaurant & Bar at Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire.

friday, june 17

Rum Tasting Workshop for Bartenders

11 AM (RSVP only)

Open only to bartenders, join judges from the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth for a workshop on providing exciting rum tasting experiences. 

rsvp to rsvp@caribjournal.com

Rum Happy Hour at The Gardens at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Presented by Rom Rincon

5-7 PM


Come and meet and greet with Eric Gietman, Master Distiller of Bonaire's Cadushy Distillery, and taste some of Cadushy’s finest releases, including the Special Bonaire Rum Week Limited Edition of Rom Rincón. RSVP to fandb@diviflamingo.com.

Rom Rincon is also doing a series of tours celebratign its 10th anniversary. For more click here.

Multi-Course Rum Culinary Experience at Brass Boer

8 PM (RSVP only)

Join us at Bonaire's renowed Brass Boer, the Caribbean outpost of three-star Michelin Chefs Johnny and Therese Boer, for a four-course dinner accompanied by the Bonaire Rum Week festival rums.

rsvp to rsvp@caribjournal.com

Cigars and Rum on the Sand at Club Tropicana by Papa's Pilar - 10PM (RSVP only)


The award-winning Papa's Pilar Rum pairs perfectly with a premium cigar, and that's precisely the point at this VIP after party on the sand at Club Tropicana at the Delfins Beach Resort. (rsvp to rsvp@caribjournal.com)