It’s National Rum Day today and a great way to celebrate this fine day (apart from actually drinking rum) is to book tickets to the upcoming Rumfest which is taking place on 22nd & 23rd October at the ILEC conference centre, in London.
Returning to the ILEC, Rumfest is in its 10th year so it’s guaranteed to be a big one. For those that are either new to Rumfest or have been living under a rock, Rumfest is the UK’s only trade and consumer drinks expert for the rum industry and world’s largest rum festival and a celebration of premium blends on the market.
With presence from all the major rum brands it offers you the chance to discover a new rum while having a great day out with friends.
We are massive fans of Rumfest and actually credit the festival as the place where I came up with the idea for Cut The Cap so I owe a heck of A LOT to Rumfest.
We’ll be down there and hopefully filming our findings so if you see us come and say hi.
Last year we discovered some great rums which can be found here
To celebrate National Rum Day The lovely folks at Rumfest want you to get involved with celebrating and have suggested some National Rum Day suggestions:
1. Sip a rum cocktail at your favourite bar.
2. Dust your rum bottles. Actually (seriously), you might find a bottle you’d forgotten about! Imagine the joy of being reacquainted!
3. Buy your non-rum drinking buddy a glass of something good. Change the world a drink at a time!
4. Try making yourself a tiki cocktail. The whole world seems to be switching back on to the theatre and mystery of tiki. Make sure you don’t get left behind.
They have also asked for you lovely people to share a pic of you and your rum on the social media, tagging Rumfest in with the chance to win a prize. (I Know what I will be doing).
For those interested in attending Rumfest tickets are on sale for £49.50 (Saturday) & £39.50 (Sunday), and includes access to all areas of the event and tastings from all exhibitors.
Doors open at midday and close at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday, but if you are after more time (like we all are) then upgrade to a VIP Ticket £79.50 (Saturday) & £69.50 (Sunday) Which grants you into ‘rum heaven’ 1 hour earlier (11am) along with a three-course Caribbean lunch and RumFest Goodie Bag. There is also a Group Saver option for those attending in large groups.
As usual, Cut The Cap will be organising a Cigar club for after so if you fancy joining, let us know.
More about Rumfest
The festival was founded by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell in 2007, who was keen to promote rum as a drink. Burrell had worked in the drinks trade as a bartender since 1990. In 1998, he had started working with the Jamaican rum distiller, blender and bottler J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. The company initially employed Burrell on a part-time basis, leading to a full-time role in 2003.
Burrell subsequently worked for other drinks brands on an ad-hoc basis and with organisations such as the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association, which represents several different Caribbean rums.
The UK RumFest has led to the influence of rum festivals and fairs all over the world including The Miami Rum Renaissance festival, the Berlin Rumfest, Paris Rhum fest and the first rum festival in Mauritius.