Chicago Rum Festival: Apr 27, 2019 (Chicago, Illinois)
Focused on rum education and premiumization, this event, which takes place at Logan Square Auditorium, consists of three tasting sessions: industry professionals, VIPs, and general admission.
Rum Renaissance Festival: May 17 - 18, 2019 (Coral Gables, Florida)
Also known as the Miami Rum Festival, this not-to-be-missed event is the world's largest gathering of rum producers, experts and enthusiasts. The Grand Rum Tasting Exhibition is the main draw, featuring all types of rums from many notable and new brands, some which are not yet available in the U.S. There are also rum-themed seminars, live performances, a VIP tasting bar, and opportunities to mingle with industry experts. The annual RumXP Competition is part of this event and awards are given to the best rums in each class based on blind taste tests.
The Hukilau: Jun 5 - 9, 2019 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
A celebration of everything tiki, this annual event highlights the role of rum in tiki culture. It features the Rum Shack Tastings where you can sample many different kinds of rums, including some hard-to-find aged varieties, while shopping for unique tiki-themed memorabilia. You can also attend seminars, symposiums, hands-on art classes, and wild costume parties with live entertainment. Be sure to attend the event's happy hour and dinner show at the legendary Mai Kai restaurant!
New York Rum Festival: June 15, 2019 (New York, New York)
More than 40 rum expressions will be presented at the 3rd New York Rum Festival at Metropolitan West - NYC. This event offers several types of experiences: the 3 hour General Admission Grand Tasting Session includes tastings and seminars; the 4 hour VIP Grand Tasting Session also includes early admission and an exclusive tasting cup; and the 1.5 hour Spirit Industry Session consists of networking, tastings, and seminars for industry professionals.
Tales of the Cocktail: Jul 16 - 21, 2019 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
This event caters to professionals in the bar and spirits industry, but there are also opportunities for cocktail enthusiasts to participate. There are seminars, tastings, and special events, as well as Spirited Dinners where local restaurants partner with spirits brands to offer up their best food and drink to professionals and enthusiasts alike.
National Rum Day Fest: Aug 16, 2019 (Miami, Florida)*tentative
Rum sponsors and rum fans will gather at the Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach for the second annual celebration of National Rum Day. Guests can sample a variety of rums and cocktails poolside while enjoying some live music and fun games.
California Rum Fest: Sep 7, 2019 (San Francisco, California)
This year's event will include not only VIP and general admission tasting sessions, but also a trade session and Tiki Bazaar with cocktails, local arts and crafts, and surf music.