Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center for three days of rum tastings, seminars and festivities April 25 to 27.
Laine Doss Get yer ration of rum at the festival (parrot and eye patch optional).
Now in its sixth year, the festival features more than 80 rum producers worldwide offering tastes of over 200 rums to rum enthusiasts, pirates, and modern tiki gods.
And, like the spirit it celebrates, the festival is much more complex than just merely indulging. In addition to the grand tasting exhibition, Miami Rum Renaissance offers entertainment, a lifestyle showcase (because you need a hula girl lamp and a few tiki shirts), and expert seminars by some of the most knowledgeable and entertaining authors and distillers in the business. The festival is also the host of the world tiki cocktail championships, where top bartenders will be tasted with making the ultimate Tiki drink. Bartenders will be judged on showmanship, presentation, execution, taste and creativity by a panel of experts. The results will be announced at the festival.
The festival will also hold its annual RumXP international tasting competition, bringing together leading rum experts to judge dozens of rums in three days of blind tasting sessions. Winning rums are announced at the festival's trade day preview on Friday, April 25. The trade day, by the way, allows embers of the spirits industry a sneak peek from 3 - 7 p.m. at a discounted admission price of $20.
The festival will open to the public on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, from 3 - 7 p.m. VIP ticket holders can access the festival at noon each day. General admission is $50 each day and VIP admission is $75 per day. In addition, a three-day VIP ticket is $150 per person. The festival is offering a special "friends and family" BOGO special in VIP tickets. Until April 14, use code FFD14MRF when ordering and you'll receive two VIP tickets for the price of one. All tickets are available online at rumrenaissance.com or by calling 877-855-3378.
We asked Rum Renaissance's Robert Burr what's so special about rum and what we should look out for in 2014.
New Times: What can we expect at this year's festival that's new?
Robert Burr: First, we're attracting more interesting rum expressions from small artisanal and boutique rum producers. These are exclusive rums consumers may not be able to sample anywhere else. Second, this year the festival will feature more luxury, super premium rums than ever before from top distilleries in the Caribbean, Latin America and beyond. This is easily worth the price of admission. Third, we're offering hands-on cocktail demonstrations where participants can interact with expert mixologists to make their own classic cocktails, learning the simple techniques to easily make great cocktails for themselves and friends. Fourth, we'll offer an expanded lineup of interesting seminars from leading rum experts coming to Miami from around the globe to share their knowledge of rum. It's all bigger and better than ever.
How many rums are available for tasting?
The festival will feature more than 85 exhibitors showcasing more than 200 rums, from new high quality white mixable rums for making cocktails, to gold and aged rums that reflect the great variety of style available across the Caribbean and around the world. In addition, we have fabulous flavored and spiced rums that bring the essence of the tropics to every drink they touch. Finally, we'll present an outstanding array of luxury rums made by the finest master distillers and blenders in the world.