Vienna Rum Festival

September 29 - September 30

In their own words Vienna Rum Festival is “the largest rum fair in Austria”. And with 60 brands being represented and 15 rum masterclasses on the menu, this might well be true. There are still some tickets available, ticket prices starting from €19.

The Rum Festival (Edinburgh)

September 29 - September 30

The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival is back in Scotland and this time we’re hitting Edinburgh! We’re bringing some Caribbean and Cuban sunshine to Scotland with rum, cocktails, food and music from around the globe.

We will be showcasing over 100 different rums including new and exclusive rums, producers and a variety of entertainment.

On arrival you will be greeted by one of our Rumun’s; handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home!) and a brochure, full of information on all the rums you can try, fun facts about each of our suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.

Two more medals for Yolo Rum

Even more medals for Yolo rum. Source: PRNewsfoto/Yolo Rum

DENVER and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal and new boutique blend Yolo Rum Clear won a silver medal at the 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition.

“This is better than we could have imagined,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “Of course we believe in our product, but the number of wins we’ve gotten at these many prestigious competitions is a bit staggering. But we’re not going to let it go to our heads — stay humble, keep working, that’s our attitude.”

Held in late August at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, the San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition attracted entrants and attendees from all over the United States and the world. One hundred sixty-two entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors, SDISF judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the competition and exposition.

Leeds Rum Festival

September 23 - September 24

Source: eventbrite

(source: Eventbrite) Leeds Corn Exchange sees the return of Leeds’ very own Rum Festival! This year we are welcoming even more brands, more masterclasses and an extra day.

Rum brands from all across the Caribbean and South America will be joining us and offering up their wares for you to sample, as well as hosting masterclasses to give you an insight into how their brands are made and the history of them.

We will have food vendors supplying the best Jerk plus some other world cuisines to tickle your taste buds. Our DJ is also booked to supply you with the best and most appropriate soundtrack to your rum filled day.

Included in your ticket price is access to the festival, all rum sampling and masterclasses – and a welcome cocktail if you choose the VIP option.

Born from the passion of 2 Leeds Bartenders, Sam Fish of one of Leeds’ longest running institutions Mojo and Daniel Crowther, one of the founding fathers of the UK’s only constantly changing bar The Hedonist Project.

‘Over a beer and dram of rum one day we were talking about how many amazing drinks festivals Leeds has such as Leeds Loves Cocktails, The Gin Festival and Leeds Beer Festival, so why does this city that loves rum not have its own dedicated Rum Festival?! said Sam

Three medals for Yolo Rum at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

DENVER and NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal at the 2017 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. And that was just the first of three medals Yolo Rum took home from the competition held at the Education and Conference Center at the New York Academy of Medicine on August 23rd and 24th. Yolo Rum Silver and Yolo Rum Clear both received silver medals as well.

“There is always some trepidation when you enter a new competition,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “But we’re proud of our rum, we think it stacks up against any rum in the world and it’s gratifying when an outside, legitimate source confirms that belief.”

The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition (NYWWSC), the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are considered the “Triple Crown” of contests of their kind. Judges for the NYWWSC come from the ranks of the top food and beverage buyers, beverage directors, writers, educators, columnists, sommeliers, chefs and U.S. Bartenders Guild mixologists.

With its wins at NYWWSC, Yolo Rum continues an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions. Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add three more medals to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

SOURCE Yolo Rum – http://www.yolorum.com 

Independent Scottish rum producer lands big contract with Tesco

Small Scottish rum producer Dark Matters Distillers has landed a large contract with Tesco Supermarkets. Owners Jim and John Ewen will soon be supplying 450 Tesco supermarkets with their spiecd rum.

Continue reading at BBC.com

Background: The Birth of a rum giant

This article details recent purchases made by Maison Ferrand (Plantation Rum) and gives an interesting insight in the rum business. With the purchase of the West Indies Distillery in Barbados Maison Ferrand also acquired a third of Long Pond distillery in Jaimaica, wich subsequently has been reopend after being silent for five years.

Continue reading at The Daily Beast: The Birth Of A Rum Giant

California Rum Festival 2017

The Rum Lab has announced the 2017 dates of its third annual West Coast rum extravaganza – California Rum Fest. Benefitting the Operation Helping People (O.H.P.) Foundation, a group focused on youth mentoring in the Bay Area, the anticipated two-day, premier immersive rum event is slated for September 8-9 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.

“Conceived as a forum to educate beverage trade professionals, media and consumers on the dynamic history, production and applications of premium rum, the launch of California Rum Fest in 2015 was met with unprecedented enthusiasm.” said Federico Hernández, Owner, The Rum Lab. “On the heels of two years of successful rum-fueled events, we are thrilled to bring California Rum Fest back to San Francisco for its third consecutive year.”

Featuring more than 40 premium rum brand expressions from around the world, Friday, September 8 will accommodate members of the beverage trade with intimate access to brand representatives, tastings, seminars and educational breakout sessions. Day two, Saturday, September 9, will culminate in the Rum Bazaar, a five-hour event featuring tropical rum cocktails created by some of SF’s best bartenders, arts & crafts by local vendors and live music from 12-5 p.m.

Marquee industry guest speakers already on tap for Day 1, include:

Richard Seale, “Understanding Rum” – Fourth Generation Master Distiller, Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Roberto Serrallés, “Don Q Master Class” – VP of Business Development and the Commercial Director, Don Q, Puerto Rico
Bryan Davis, “Rum in the 21st Century” – Owner of Lost Spirits and Inventor of the Davis Method, an innovative alternative method of aging spirits, which has been industry recognized and used by a handful of award-winning producers

For more information on California Rum Fest, including tickets for purchase, visit www.californiarumfestival.com.

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About The Rum Lab
The Rum Lab produces Puerto Rico’s national rum fest – Taste of Rum Puerto Rico – in addition to the California Rum Festival, Midwest Rum Festival and NEW this year, the debut of the New York Rum Festival coming up on September 30. Events produced by The Rum Lab attract hundreds of guests including beverage trade professionals, rum aficionados, tourists and local consumers. Learn more at www.therumlab.com.

Kylie Barnett
Raising The Bar Communications
707-815-7216

San Diego Spirits Festival

August 26 - August 27

San Diego Spirits Festival is THE major Cocktail Culinary and Cultural extravaganza celebrated annually each summer on San Diego Bay. The goal of the San Diego Spirits Festival is to advance the industry and all that it encompasses via market launches, industry advancement and exposure, product innovation, education, and of course, a good time filled with entertainment camaraderie and just good fun.

The San Diego Spirits Festival has been ranked one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors! The two day Cocktail Festival, attracts thousands of people from all over the country and abroad in order to join the fun and entertainment that the San Diego Spirits Festival has to offer.

It’s diverse, it’s exciting, and it’s San Diego through and through. From novice enthusiast to the cocktail aficionado, the San Diego Spirits Festival has something to please everyone’s palate.

San Diego Spirits Festival is all about Lifestyle, make San Diego your Lifestyle Destination and Join us in 2017 for Year 9 and have a taste of San Diego Cocktail Culture!

Think Rum

January 16

Rum Trade Fair organised by Harpers and Off License News.

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