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First Annual ‘Flavor of Rum’ Festival Kicks Off In May On St. Croix

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Rum festival organizer George Moore

FREDERIKSTED – The first Annual St. Croix Rum Festival
“Flavor of Rum” kicks off this spring with cooking competitions, fashion shows, rum tasting and sightseeing tours, organizers said.

The festival, which celebrates the historical ties between rum-making and the Big Island, will be held at the historical Fort Frederik on May 29, 2016, from 3 p.m to midnight, according to festival director George Moore.

The St. Croix Rum Festival “Flavor of Rum” is about Rum, Rum and more Rum to excite your taste buds,” Moore said.

The “Flavor of Rum” festival is expected to attract visitors from off-island and on to sample a variety of great-tasting rums from exhibitors taking place in the event.

Since the 1800’s St. Croix has been producing some of the world’s finest rums and the event will celebrate that history while at the same time offering international rum exhibitors a chance to show off their products as well.

“You’ll fine great food from some of St. Croix finest local cooks and restaurants, live music from local and international entertainers, arts, handmade crafts all within a celebration of Virgin Islands richness and culture,” Moore added.

Tourists and locals alike will be treated to a bikini contest, a rum-flavored BBQ competition and the Flair Tender Show among many other exciting events and activities.

Leading up to the one-day rum festival will be two days of sightseeing tours of St. Croix that emphasize the importance of rum-making to the island.

The tours will take place on Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28. The festival itself will take place on Sunday May 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Please visit the official St. Croix Rum Festival “Flavor of Rum” website @ or Facebook: St. Croix Rum Festival “Flavor of Rum” For additional information please contact Mr. George Moore at (340) 277-8670 or email:

The St. Croix Rum Festival “Flavor of Rum” is produced exclusively by George Moore Productions.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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