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From juggling to history lessons — Fourth staging of JRF under way in Montego Bay

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2022 | 5:51 PMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer -
Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence's ‘Appleton Estate, The Spirit of Luxury’ gave patrons the opportunity to explore Appleton Estate’s ultra-premium range, including the Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks, Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Bl
Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence's ‘Appleton Estate, The Spirit of Luxury’ gave patrons the opportunity to explore Appleton Estate’s ultra-premium range, including the Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks, Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks and Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Nassau Valley Casks.
Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang (second left), and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange arrive at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival. They are joined by Mark Telfer (left), regional brand manager, Appleton Est
Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang (second left), and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange arrive at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival. They are joined by Mark Telfer (left), regional brand manager, Appleton Estate and Pietro Gramegna, marketing director, Jamaica and the Caribbean, Campari Group.
Grange and Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism Senator Janice Allen (left), visit the Fruit Blossoms booth at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival held at The Aqueduct in Montego Bay on Saturday.
Grange and Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism Senator Janice Allen (left), visit the Fruit Blossoms booth at the 2022 Jamaica Rum Festival held at The Aqueduct in Montego Bay on Saturday.
Kingston 62 brought out the stunts for the fourth staging of Jamaica Rum Festival.
Kingston 62 brought out the stunts for the fourth staging of Jamaica Rum Festival.
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The Jamaica Rum Festival is under way at The Aqueduct in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, to the excitement of its attendees, which includes tourism stakeholders, culture junkies, entertainment seekers and visitors to the parish and the island from near and far.

Providing a welcome mix of seminars, entertainment, thirst-quenching cocktails, mouthwatering cuisine and exposure to a diverse collective of visionary entrepreneurs in the Artisan Village, the festival is proving itself worthy of ‘world-class’ festival status.

Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best rum brands, and today Appleton Estate, event partners and sponsors have pulled out all the stops for what is being billed as the biggest rum festival in the Caribbean.

Appleton Estate, J Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Monymusk Rums, Hampden, and Worthy Park Estate have been busy hosting educational seminars on mixology and food pairing.

The main stage is also alive as Debbie Bissoon and Dufton Shepherd engage the early birds basking in the sun.

Later, the festival will heat up with a live showcase presented by Appleton Estate Jamaica with a dynamic roster of talented recording artistes, including D’Voyce, D’Burnz, Runkus, and Kalyra, followed by Sevana, Tessanne, Romain Virgo, Sanchez and Capleton who is sure to bring the fire.

stephanie.lyew@gleanerjm.com

Are you at the festival or planning to attend? A few things you should try:

1. Take your time when walking through the Heritage House, which delves into the history of Jamaica’s rum and its contribution to our culture.

2. Be sure to head to the Artisan Village and support our local entrepreneurs who have been given a unique challenge of utilising rum and/or its by-products to create a unique item.

3. Imbibe at either of the mixology bars and enjoy rum responsibly.