The Jamaica Rum Festival is a showcase in our country’s excellence in rum, food and music. We are promising a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who enjoy rum, live music, art, festivals and most of all, Jamaica.
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-What To Expect-


A walk-through self-guided tour, the Heritage House will take patrons on a journey through the history of Jamaican rums. Be immersed in rum’s rich heritage through a combination of photos, artefacts and a sensory experience.


Upon entry to the festival, each guest will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail and sampling chits that can be redeemed at each rum sponsor’s booth.


• Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums

• Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum

• Monymusk Plantation Rums

• Hampden Estate

• Charley’s JB Overproof Rum

• Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience

• Local Craft and Art Exhibitors

• Delectable Food and Drink on Sale


• ‘Inside the Bottle’ hosted by Dr. Joy Spence, Appleton Estate’s Master Blender

• ‘The Culinary Journey with Rum’ hosted by Appleton Estate’s Senior Blender, David Morrison

• ‘How Jamaica has influenced the Cocktail World’ with Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell

•  Live demonstrations and mixology workshops hosted by the JWN Academy.

-The Experience 2019-

Saturday, March 9

Mento Band
Dance Expression

Featured Performances By:

Pluto Shervington
Dean Fraser and Friends
Wayne Marshall

Sunday, March 10

Mento Band
Synth Orchestra

Featured Performances By:

Jesse Royal
Agent Sasco

The Jamaica Rum Festival is a showcase of the best of Jamaica in the culturally beloved categories of rum, music and FOOD. Leading the charge is CB Foods, with its vast mouthwatering offerings. Look out for beloved CB Foods brands like Copperwood Pork, Bonafide Burgers and newcomer Happy Foods. And, no Jamaican festival is complete without the “Golden Wheels,” serving pure ‘badniss’ in its Bad Dawg Sausages. As synonymous to Jamaican culture as rum is PAN chicken, which will be showcased by past winners of the national competition. There’s also something for the non-meat lovers in Homegrown roast corn and fish options.   The CB Foods Village at the Jamaica Rum Festival will leave you wanting more of its delicious offerings.


Original or Jerk Hotdogs
Price: $300.00

2 Fried Chicken Tacos, Topped With A Chipotle Rum Sauce And A Zesty Corn Salsa
Price: $700.00
2 Ackee And Plantain Tacos, Topped With Pico De Gallo And Spicy Salsa
Price: $700.00

Crispy Jerk Pork
Price: $1,000.00
Cha Sao (Chinese Roasted Pork)
Price: $1,000.00
Each Served With Two Steam Buns

Jerk Pork
Price: $1,000.00
Charcoal Pork
Price: $1,000.00
Served With Two Sides: Roasted Sweet Potato, Baked Potato or Vegetable Salsa

Red Peas with Pigs Tail (12oz)
Price: $300.00
Chicken Pumpkin (12oz)
Price: $250.00

Cheese Beef Burger with Potato Chips
Price: $600.00
Flavours: Straight Beef or Spicy Scotch Bonnet

Boiled Sweet Corn
Price: $150.00 Per Ear
Roasted Sweet Corn
Price: $150.00 Per Ear

1/4 Pound Pan Chicken with Roasted Yam
Price: $600.00
1/4 Pound Pan Chicken With Festivals
Price: $600.00
Chicken Bites With French Fries
Price: $600.00

Asian Pork Fries: Deep Fried Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder, Cabbage Ginger Slaw, Teriyaki Rum Glaze, Wasabi Mayo, Sriracha And Roasted Nori
Price: $1,000.00
2 Mini Elote Arepas: Chipotle Braised Oxtail, Cotija Cheese, Cilantro Cream, Rum Pipette
Price: $600.00

Tipsy Fish N Chips: Beer Battered Fish Served With Seasoned Potato Wedges And A Dark Rum Mango Tartar Sauce
Price: $800.00
Flaming Pepper Shrimp: Middle Quarters Styled Shrimp, Flamed With White Overproof Rum
Price: $550.00
Curry Lobster Stamp N Go, Three 20z Pieces.
Price: $500.00
Rum Jerk BBQ Corn on the Cob
Price: $150.00
Crafts For Home

Bleu Kreations candles and more
Exquisite Wicker
Kabreco Designs
Laura Alexis Candles
The Likkle Bamboo Hut

Yummy Creations

Deaf Can Coffee
E.C’S Koconutz ltd
Fruit Blossoms
Holistic Paradise
I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate
Kande’s Delights Ice Cream
Likkle Tea
One/One Cacao
Spiritz. Jamaica’s Best Rum Punch
Street Food Saturdays
The Jamaica Biscuit Company

Handmade Goodies

Andydra` Concepts
BAUGHaus Design Studio
Bags by Bri
Chrissy’s Coils
Morgan’s Creek Ltd
Sanaa’s Bliss
Thr3 Sistaz
c h a r l B. Art

David Morrison

Senior Blender, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums

A Culinary Journey with Rum

Matching food with wine is a very old tradition especially in Europe. This is typically based on matching the flavours, weight, and texture of the food and wine to bring about a harmonious experience. With the world famous Appleton Estate range of Jamaica rums, Senior Blender, David Morrison, takes patrons on an epicurean journey through rum and food pairing. Partnering with CB Foods, Murray’s Fish and Jerk Hut, Chillin’ Serengeti and Macua, David will identify the ideal cocktails and rum blends to be enjoyed with a three course meal.

Ian Burrell

Global Rum Ambassador

“How Jamaican Rums Have Influenced the Cocktail World”

The only globally recognised Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell explains how Jamaican rums have influenced the global cocktail world. Those who attend this seminar will be treated to classic Jamaican cocktails made by the hands of the master himself, featuring Monymusk Plantation Rums, Hampden Estate Rums, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums, Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum and Charley’s JB Overproof Rum.

Monymusk Plantation Rums

A Taste of Monymusk

Patrons can look forward to all things Monymusk with a spirited discussion surrounding the Monymusk Plantation Rums brand. This will educate patrons about the rum process and what makes its expressions different. Do you have a discerning palate? Test your skills with a blind rum-tasting session!

Joy Spence

Master Blender, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums:

“Inside the Bottle”

The revered Joy Spence, Master Blender for the range of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums, presents “Inside the Bottle”. A journey through the rum making process, “Inside the Bottle” will impart knowledge on the varieties of sugarcane and molasses and how these influence the final flavour profile of a rum. Rum enthusiasts will also be educated on the differences between pot still and column still distillation methods and will taste the distinctions of unaged and aged rums. This tasting exercise will pull the seminar together and put participants’ newly gained knowledge to the test when create their very own rum blends.

-Our Rum Partners-

-Signature Cocktails-

Appleton Estate


1 Part Appleton Estate Signature Blend

2 Parts Ginger Ale

Wedge of Lime

Sprig of Mint

Hampden Estate


Trelawny N Ting

1 oz Rum Fire

6 oz Grapefruit Soda

1/2 oz Honey Syrup (optional)

Garnish with a lime wheel


Whispering Breeze

3 oz Monymusk Whispering Breeze

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1 splash Cranberry Juice

Wray Rum

Ginger Wray

1 Part Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

2 oz Orange Juice

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/4 oz Lime Juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup 2 Slices Fresh Ginger

JB Overproof Rum

JB Bitters

1 Part JB

1 Part Campari

3 Parts Chaser of your choosing

-Join The Masters-

Ian Burrell

Global Rum Ambassador

One of the most travelled and acclaimed figures within the drinks industry, Ian has redefined the definition of a Rum ambassador. The 6 time “International Spirits Ambassador” nominee at the Spirited Awards for Tales Of The Cocktail, was an ex professional basketball player in the UK as well as an international recording artist; but now focuses on being the world’s ONLY global ambassador for the rum category. He has conducted masterclasses and seminars, sipped cocktails and judged competitions on all 7 continents around the world.
  • 2014 Guinness World Record holder for the largest official rum tasting
  • 2013 Became Rum & Drinks expert on Channel 4’s “Sunday Brunch”
  • The World’s First Data Distilled Rum, created for Virgin Holidays
  • Drinks International Bartender of the Year 2008 Gold medal winner
  • Drinks International Cocktail Challenge 2008 Gold Medal winner

Joy Spence, OD, CD

Master Blender, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Appleton Estate’s Master Blender, Joy Spence, has the distinction of being the first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry. In this role, Joy is responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends — from distillation through maturation, blending and bottling, as well as developing new blends. Joy’s passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor, Owen Tulloch, who was her mentor at the company. Joy joined the Appleton Estate as Chief Chemist in 1981 and was appointed to the position of Master Blender in 1997. Joy celebrated her 35th Anniversary in the spirits industry in 2016 and her 20th Anniversary as Master Blender in 2017.

Joy’s skill and passion for her craft, and her wonderful warm and spirited personality shine through in every bottle of Appleton Estate rum.

Creating rum provides Joy with the perfect balance of art and science. She says that in rum-making, they are so intricately intertwined that it is difficult to pinpoint where the science stops and the art begins.

David Morrison

Senior Blender, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

David Morrison is a chemist by profession and has crafted a track record for excellence in his field for almost two decades. He holds a BSc. in Chemistry and Management and a MSc. In Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies.  David joined the J. Wray & Nephew team in 1999 as a Senior Analyst. His progressive experience in Research and Development, Food Safety Management, Quality Assurance, Package and Liquid Development, Production Planning and Production Operations Management resulted in successive promotions. He was appointed Quality and Compliance Director in 2016 with overall responsibility for strategic management of the company’s compliance with international quality and food safety standards.  In addition to this substantive role, David’s natural aptitude, technical ability and commendable interpersonal skills have led to him being appointed Senior Blender, successor to the Master Blender, Joy Spence. In this role, David travels the globe to share his passion for the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum brand. 

-Our Partners-

Ticket Outlets

Ribbiz Barbican
The Pub @ Mayfair
Murray’s Fish and Jerk Centre
Fontana: Kingston
Fontana: Montego Bay
Fonatana: Ocho Rios
Sharkies, Runaway Bay
Kristofferson Nunes (Ticket Ambassador)

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Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at Hope Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.


Each ticket permits one–day access to the festival from 11 AM to 9 PM. Patrons can enjoy and explore an array of activities while at the festival, including rum sampling, live demonstrations and live entertainment. Food, drink and other items will be available for sale.


Seminars registration is free, sign up for the seminars of your choice when you arrive at the festival; limited spaces are available. Attendees must be at the seminar tent 10 mins prior to the start to confirm their spot.


Patrons must be 18 years or older to enter the Jamaica Rum Festival. ID required.


Redeem your drink chits upon entry to the festival. The chits include one full complimentary cocktail of your choice redeemable at the main bar in the middle of the festival. The chit package also include sample chits (3oz) redeemable at each sponsor booth; Appleton Estate, Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum, Hampden Estate & Monymusk Plantation Rums. The last chit is a wild card for an additional sample from any Rum Sponsor including Sangsters Jamaica Rum Cream.
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