Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Miami Cocktail Week: Win VIP Tickets UPDATED

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Free VIP tickets right here. Write the folks back home!
Hold on to your liver, matey.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center April 25 to 27. (Friday, April 25, is open to trade only.)

Over the years, the festival has grown from a poolside fete to a multiday event that features mixology competitions, formal rum judging by a panel of experts, seminars, a lifestyle marketplace (because you need a set of tiki glasses and a puffy pirate shirt), and a mega rum-tasting experience.

And by mega, we're talking more than 80 rum producers from as near as Miami and as far as the Philippines.

With all this growth, however, the festival is still a family affair, which is probably why the event still feels like an intimate gathering with friends to drink some good rum -- ya know, if your friends happened to have 200 rums on hand for you to try.

See also: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer

Tickets for the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival cost $50 per day for general admission, which includes entry to the Grand Rum Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m.

VIP tickets cost $75 per day and include early admission to the Grand Rum Tasting at noon. A three-day VIP pass costs $150 and also allows access to the special Friday trade day. Purchase tickets in advance at rumrenaissance.com.

Advance VIP ticketholders can attend any (or all) of the special Miami Cocktail Week parties by RSVPing to rsvp@rumrenaissance.com. The schedule of rum-soaked fetes includes:

Monday, April 21, at the Broken Shaker
Rum cocktail pop-up bar with eclectic cocktails from Caña Rum Bar in Los Angeles from 9 to 11 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22, at Mai Kai
Original Tiki cocktails in the Molokai Bar, starting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23, at Bacardi Penthouse in Coral Gables
Classic Bacardi Cocktails VIP Party featuring libations from the first family of rum from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, April 24, at Gramps
Cocktails that celebrate the spirit of Louisiana from Bayou Rum from 8 to 10 p.m.

Friday, April 25, at The Corner
An evening of aged rum cocktails from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 26,
Miami Beach cocktail tour visiting the Regent Cocktail Club, Drogerie, and Lure Fishbar.
Begins at Regent Cocktail Club in the Gale Hotel at 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, at the Broken Shaker
Miami Rum Renaissance Festival closing party with cocktails by DonQ Puerto Rican Rum, beginning at 8 p.m.

That's a fair deal for a lot of rum and fun. But Short Order has free tickets for you. We have four pairs of VIP tickets to give away -- that's two pairs for Saturday and two pairs for Sunday (a $150 value per pair).

Want to win? Simply tell us how you like your rum. Do you like to sip a fine, aged dark rum, with maybe a squeeze of lime? Maybe you're the kind of person who likes to chill poolside with a piña colada. Or do you prefer your cocktails fruity and strong, served inside a tiki god?

Just comment on this post to win. Be sure to include a valid Twitter handle or email address so we can contact you (if we can't get in touch, we can't get you the tickets if you win) and note whether you'd like tickets for Saturday or Sunday.

We'll choose the winners and announce the lucky rum-runners Tuesday, April 21.

Updated: We have winners. Congrats to Anulady and @javione, who each won a pair of VIP tickets for Saturday; and to @bombita74 and @queendee93, who each won a pair of VIP tickets for Sunday. We'll be in touch shortly.

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Location Info

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DoubleTree Miami Airport and Convention Center

711 NW 72nd Ave., Doral, FL

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pchang321
pchang321

I take it dark and on the rocks. Delicious! 

Saturday tickets, please. @enigma350

sizzletime29
sizzletime29

I used to like in a frozen drink but now just prefer a better rum on the rocks.

empress1
empress1

I actually prefer my rum in drinks such as rum punch or a mai tai, while chatting it up with the ladies during happy hour. Occasionally I'll have the classic rum and coke on ice, or a glass of overproof Wray and Nephew while at a party. All in all, I love rum and I'll drink it whether it's light, medium or dark :-)


Never been to the rum festival…would absolutely love to go! Saturday ticket if I'm chosen, please. Thanks (anulady@gmail.com) 

cferrin5
cferrin5

I like my rum with a sunset. Florida is preferred, but Hawaii is an acceptable substitute. charlesferrin@cferrin5

gracie.underfire
gracie.underfire

I LOVE rum!! Saturday Ticket, please! gracie.underfire@gmail.com 

indigoes
indigoes

I prefer white rum in a mojito, flavored like Bacardi dragon berry with ginger ale and spiced in a hot tottie in the winter. Lgarv003@fiu.edu Saturday!

indigoes
indigoes

The internet is hard! Didn't mean to double post!

javi_one
javi_one

sip a nice aged dark rum when relaxing, white rum mojito style when its time to play. Saturday @javione

bibimtejada
bibimtejada

I usually have my rum on the rocks with a pinch of ginger and a splash of mandarin juice - smooth and yummy! Twitter: bombita72 - sunday :-)

monosyn
monosyn

How about a blonde, like Papa's Pilar 3 year Blonde..  over ice with a splash of ginger ale and lime. 

carabelli8
carabelli8

A nice cold mojito while wearing a loud Hawaiian shirt and lounging around the pool.  Or a dark aged rum on the rocks sitting in fine restaurant with my beautiful wife. Or a nice refreshing cuba libre at the end of  the day, sitting on the deck on a Saturday afternoon basking in our wonderful Miami weather.  

dianam1232001
dianam1232001

Straight just got turned onto zaya rum so yummy! @queendee93 would like to go Sunday

donnyd6422
donnyd6422

I like the dark and spiced rums but recently encountered a handmade rum from St. Maarten called Toppers Rhum that was delicious...mocha mama and a few other great original flavors. The islands secret so not sure if they will be there but would love to see and taste other handcrafted selections!

donnyd6422
donnyd6422

I like the dark and spiced rums but recently encountered a handmade rum from St. Maarten called Toppers Rhum that was delicious...mocha mama and a few other great original flavors. The islands secret so not sure if they will be there but would love to see and taste other handcrafted selections! @reactenergyplus

rafa1461
rafa1461

I enjoy dark rums with a few cubes of ice and a splash of coke - last year at the festival discovered Plantation rum - this year looking forward to the new Bacardi line (eximo and Paraiso) and the don pancho rum from panama - thank you! Twitter - @rafa1461

rafa1461
rafa1461

Love a dark rum with a few cubes of ice and a splash of coke - always trying new rums - last year at the festival enjoyed the Plantation line and this year looking forward to the Don Pancho origines line - twitter handle @rafa1461

canes72um
canes72um

I enjoy my spiced rums with throwback pepsi.. Or rootbeer, cream soda, cherry coke and a few others.. If its a nice fine rum then on the rocks.. Canes72um@aol.com

ncc445
ncc445

I love my white rum in my coquito during the holiday times when my crazy family is gathered. Extra rum in mine please!

ncc445@live.com

Mcfadden295
Mcfadden295

I like my rum any way I can get it!!!  I prefer to DRINK it on an island somewhere!  :)

Saturday please.

mcfadden295@aol.com

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

I don't really remember last year... mama juana is the DEVIL!!!

fgrande21
fgrande21

Ron zacapa, 1ice cube, a squeeze of lime, and a nice cigar, that's all I need. I'm a traditionalist.

thomasrisavy
thomasrisavy

I love a free Cuba...with lime.  Sunday would be awesome

blk1doggy
blk1doggy

Just a little coconut rum on the rocks.  Nice!!

CancerianPearl
CancerianPearl

A good spiced rum with a splash of coke and lime, enjoyed with friends!

n_rivas23
n_rivas23

A nice ol'fashion Captain~N~Coke sipped by the poolside watching the #Dolphins kick some Jets butt! @norwingrivas

lindackerman
lindackerman

I like my rum two ways. Either just to sip a nice aged dark rum or in a mojito. Saturday tickets would be awesome! Twitter @lma89

305guy
305guy

Barbancourt 5 Stars neat. @Jaydisturbed

iscis17
iscis17

Me me me please!!! Been wanting to go to this. Zoryleeg@gmail.com

seattlewa
seattlewa

Dark and aged with 3 ice cubes (no more, no less). No need for lime or mixers. Although a dark and stormy will start my Friday afternoon.


Pick me. Saturday. jj02282004@gmail.com

Mike1700
Mike1700

fruity and strong, served inside a Tiki God.  @mikefosteronlin  Sunday

MissJoi
MissJoi

I like a nice dark oaky rum with a splash of coke. Hair on ur chest type drink! Mmmm! @sistuhsowuhl for Saturday :-)

arlene.linares
arlene.linares

Best way has to be in a piña colada, poolside, on a sunny South Florida day!

murdermysterymiami
murdermysterymiami

Just tell us how you like your rum in another comment to this page. And add your Twitter handle and what day you would like to go (Saturday or Sunday) to qualify for free tickets.

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