To kick off the holidays “tastefully,” Island SPACE Caribbean Museum is collaborating with Caribbean Professionals Network and a number of South Florida bakers to present the Rum Cake and Caribbean Black Cake Fest. On Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., cake makers will offer tastes of traditional Latin-Caribbean rum cake recipes as well as the dark fruit cake or plum pudding recipes popular in the English-speaking Caribbean islands, and fondly known as “black cake” to many Caribbean nationals.

At this first museum fundraiser for the giving season, attendees will be asked to donate $15 per person and will have the opportunity to sample a variety of cakes, as well as light holiday beverages, while Caribbean holiday music plays in the background. Guests are welcome to decide which tropical flavors they’ll select for their Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, and to explore the museum to learn about Caribbean history, culture and art. Bakers in attendance will represent the regions of Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Panama, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Virgin Islands.

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This event is made possible in part by the support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Broward Mall, the Broward County Cultural Division, “King” George Jograj, Dr. Lydia Malcom of Authentic Behavioral Health LLC, and her husband, Mr. Waynewright Malcolm.

The Rum Cake and Black Cake Fest was first staged in Washington, DC by Caribbean Professionals Network and National Caribbean Foods & Foodways Alliance, and received overwhelmingly positive reception. Island SPACE also enjoyed tremendous response to its inaugural South Florida staging of the festival in November 2022. The team is looking forward to an even greater turnout this year.

Second Annual Rum Cake and Caribbean Black Cake Fest Comes to South Florida

Attendees will be treated to a special guest appearance, by “Ready Set RUM,” a popular YouTuber who does rum tasting reviews on distilleries throughout the Caribbean region and beyond. Visitors will also have an opportunity to win a copy of “Taste the Islands: Culinary Adventures in a Caribbean Kitchen” and “The Cake Bible.”  

Island SPACE board president Calibe Thompson said, “We’re really looking forward to this community-focused holiday activity. For two years, with our friends at Caribbean Professionals Network, we have successfully produced a spectacular Women’s History Month event in March, and we expect nothing less for our second production of the Cake Fest with them.”

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Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora community. 

Learn more about Island SPACE Caribbean Museum at and on our various social media channels. Visit the facility Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Broward Mall, 8000 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 1202, Plantation, Florida 33388. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Group tours are available by reservation when you call 954-999-0989 or email [email protected].


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