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COUNTDOWN TO RUMFEST IS ON FOR WEEKEND-LONG RUM FIESTA
Bringing together over 400 rare and diverse rums for guests to sip and savour for one weekend only
London's Earl's Court, ILEC Conference Centre
Saturday 19th & 20th October 2019
London's Earl's Court
ILEC Conference Centre
RumFest tickets start from £42.50 and are available here.
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This October, travel to the warm and colourful climes of the Caribbean right here in London, as RumFest takes over Earl’s Court famous ILEC Conference Centre for one weekend.
The weekend-long festival, sponsored by Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, will offer over 400 of the rarest, most diverse and delicious rums from around the world, for guests to sip and savour their way through on a journey of flavour discovery. Lucky guests will be privy to exciting rum launches, an exclusive rum auction, intimate speaker sessions and masterclasses from world-renowned Master Blenders, while cocktails will be flowing from two of London’s award-winning rum bars, Laki Kane and Trailer Happiness, mixing show-stopping drinks all weekend long!
Visitors will also be able to line their stomachs with delicious, traditional Carribean food from the Heart & Soul buffet whilst being entertained during RumFest Carnival Hour.
For tickets and more information, visit rumfest.co.uk
Rum lovers around the UK are invited to come and celebrate the delicious spirit over one weekend for an extensive showcase of all things rum, as RumFest makes its return to Earl’s Court ILEC Conference Centre this October. The rum-filled weekend will be packed with mouth-watering cocktails, delicious and diverse rums, rum ‘stars’ from around the world, tasty Caribean food and more.
Pina Coladas, Mojitos, Daiquiris, Mai Tai… experience them like never before with London’s award-winning tropical-escape bar, Laki Kane, and famed tiki bar, Trailer Happiness, whose ‘star-tenders’ will be serving-up not only favourite signature serves, but also new bespoke rum cocktails.
Rum and Coca-Cola is an iconic rum serve; but this year it’s taken to the next level with Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, sponsors of RumFest 2019. The brand new Coca-Cola Signature Mixers are specifically designed to be paired with premium dark spirits and were co-created by some of the world’s most influential and innovative mixologists. To celebrate the partnership, Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, has curated an exclusive highball cocktail menu featuring four bespoke ‘rum and Coca-Cola Signature Mixer’ serves, to be experienced only by guests of RumFest.
RumFest Founder & Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, said:
"The popularity of this incredible spirit in the UK has seen a rise in recent years, with sales topping £1 billion in 2018! Now in our 14th year, we’re incredibly proud to have played a part in this rise, helping people understand the value and quality of this spirit, and indulging rum lovers over the years. We cannot wait to continue educating rum lovers from the UK and around the world at RumFest 2019.”
On top of discovering new rums, tickling tastebuds and bobbing away to Carnival beats, guests can expand their rum knowledge and join brand-led seminars from the most prestigious makers around the world, including Trudiann Baker - the first-ever female Master Blender. Grasp Jamaican’s rum history and landscape with Worthy Park - the oldest currently operating Estate in Jamaica. Visit the Don Q Experiential Suite or enjoy workshops from Mount Gay, Velier, Ron Malecon, Plantation and Foursquare Distillery, with speaker sessions taking place throughout both days.
Whether a rum connoisseur or just a novice who loves rum, The Craft RumFest will be showing off traditionally made rums which meet strict criteria - including being 100% pot-distilled, or distilled in traditional single or double column, and having no additional flavours or spices. Elsewhere, the Rum Auction will see guests bidding for premium rums priced from £150 right up to £3500. Also confirmed for the weekend are Tiki cocktail author Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry, who’ll be doing a talk on the main stage, and Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell will host a premium rum tasting featuring six rums with an accumulated value of £1500.
With barrel-loads of rum keeping guests entertained all weekend, Caribbean-inspired restaurant, Heart & Soul, will be serving up delicious dishes, perfectly paired with a single tot or two, while enjoying the festival’s Carnival Hour.
This year’s RumFest will once again be preceded by London Rum Week, an annual celebration comprised of tastings, competitions and events in various venues across the capital. Kicking off the festivities is the RumWeek Wayward Flamingo Kickoff Brunch, sponsored by RumFest and RumJava. Taking place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October at Eastway Brasserie on Liverpool Street, the event will feature Eastway’s popular sharing brunch with special Caribbean dishes, a RumJava cocktail menu, a tropical-inspired homemade desserts and cakes bottomless buffet, entertainment including the RumJava dancers and games with prizes including tickets to UK RumFest. The full brunch is only £28 with the option of bottomless booze – including Rum Java cocktails – at only £18. Space is limited, and reservations should be made as soon as possible via eastwaybrasserie.co.uk/brunch
Other London Rum Week highlights include the Angostura 10th Anniversary Cocktail Competition, the Monymusk Rum Sponsored Rum & Jazz party and the RumWeek Hukilau, taking place at Trader Vic on Friday 18th October.
RumFest standard tickets are now on sale from £42.50, which includes access to all areas of the event and tasting from all exhibitors.
For full information on RumFest and to buy tickets visit: rumfest.co.uk.