Caribbean cuisine, the vivacious beat of island music and award-winning rums will be showcased at Caribbean Treats: Food, Rum & Rhythm, Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Center located at 311 West 34th Street. Tickets are now on sale for the sought-after event, a favorite of Caribbean Week in New York 2009 (www.onecaribbean.org).

“This spirited event is one of the most anticipated festivities of this year’s Caribbean Week, and it’s a true celebration of all things Caribbean,” said Hugh Riley, interim secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and co-chief executive officer for the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC). “We’re looking forward to bringing a taste of the Caribbean to New Yorkers, and we hope it encourages them to plan a trip to the Caribbean to get 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 to a live musical performance by Clarinetes Magicos from the Dominican Republic as well as Boss & The Horse Power Band from Anguilla. Guests are also encouraged to take part in a silent auction benefiting the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation. Other entertainment includes: interactive folkloric performances by Martinique Sunrise duet and the Danza Fiesta Group from Puerto Rico. Industry professionals will also be onsite educating guests about the Region.

Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Tickets are available for $45 per person and can be purchased online at www.onecaribbean.org or by calling 212-635-9530 to speak to a representative from the Caribbean Tourism Development Company.

Organized by CTDC, Caribbean Week in New York 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 Media Marketplace, Caribbean Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon, Caribbean Treats: Food, Rum & Rhythm, Allied Awards Luncheon and the Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball and Awards Presentation.