New York City to get a taste of Caribbean rum and rhythm


NEW YORK, New York – Caribbean cuisine and rums, the spirited beat of island music, and a live performance by two-time, Grammy award-winning singer Caron Wheeler, who composed and sang lead on Soul II Soul hits “Back to Life” and “Keep On Movin” will be showcased at Caribbean Week in New York’s Rum & Rhythm event, Thursday, June 10 from 6:30 pm–9:00 pm at the Roseland Ballroom located at 239 West 52nd Street (at 7th Avenue). Tickets are now on sale for the sought-after event, a favorite of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual Caribbean Week ( ).

“We’re excited to feature not only Caribbean flavors and incredible rums at this year’s Rum & Rhythm, but also to have Grammy-winning songstress Caron Wheeler is a true honor,” said Sylma Brown, acting director, North America, the Caribbean Tourism Organization. “We’re looking forward to bringing a taste of the Caribbean to New York, and we hope it encourages our people to plan a trip to the Caribbean to receive the full experience.”

Guests are invited to sample the sweet-flavored rums served up by the region’s top mixologists; savor the enticing Caribbean cuisine with Dutch, English, French and Spanish influences; and dance the night away with live musical performances by Caron Wheeler and dancers from the Saint Lucia Folkloric Association, as well as the Danza Fiesta Group from Puerto Rico and Steel Pan music by Andre Phillips Musical Productions. Guests are also encouraged to take part in a silent auction benefiting the CTO Foundation. Industry professionals will also be on site educating guests about the region.

Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Tickets are available for US$75 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 212-635-9530 to speak to a representative from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Organized by the CTO, Caribbean Week in New York runs from June 6–12 and brings together the most influential policy makers, marketing professionals, and tourism industry officials to interact and discuss both tourism and investment opportunities in the region. It also serves to provide a taste of the Caribbean to inspire travel and showcase the region’s diversity to more than 10,000 attendees who participate in a number of targeted events hosted throughout the week including: a kickoff Interfaith Celebration on Sunday, June 6 from 5:00 pm–7:00 pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 800 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn; Rum & Rhythm; and the 37th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball and Awards Presentation on Friday, June 11 from 7:00 pm–midnight at The Plaza.

For more information on Caribbean Week in New York 2010, to register for all events, and to purchase tickets, visit: or call 212-635-9530 to speak to a representative from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.