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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 1, 2018: It’s National Caribbean American Heritage Month in the US and Caribbean Week in the Big Apple.

 The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week celebrations returns to New York City from Sunday June 3rd and will run through the 8th.

A number of public events are planned that will put the culture and cuisine of the region on full display.

Learn to cook delicious Caribbean dishes as expert chefs present the annual cooking demonstrations at Bloomingdale’s on 59th St. in Manhattan from June 4th through 7th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Williams Sonoma at Columbus Circle in Manhattan on June 9th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Then join the Caribbean Diaspora Forum, which is open to Caribbean immigrants overseas and friends of the Diaspora on June 4th at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan, from 5 to 7 p.m. The focus will be on tourism’s place among the region’s people, their heritage and culture.

Students across NYC and the US are invited to join the free Caribbean Students Colloquium, featuring “rising stars in Caribbean tourism,” at the Wyndham New Yorker on June 6th from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

And as you leave, look up at the Empire State Building, which will be lit in purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta on June 6th to mark the week, the region and its people.

Then join the scholarship fundraising celebration while experiencing the rums, food and rhythms of the region at the annual “Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction” on June 8th at the Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan. This event will feature top regional chefs including Wenford Patrick Simpson (Jamaica), Christopher Terry (Antigua and Barbuda), Jason Howard (Barbados), Melvin Myers (Antigua and Barbuda), Anthony Smith (Trinidad and Tobago) as well as an array of fine rums from throughout the Caribbean.

For the full schedule and tickets to the Rum & Rhythm Benefit and other events in the Week, visit

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