The Hukilau: June 6 - 10, 2018 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
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!
Rum Renaissance Festival: June 9 - 10, 2018 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Formerly known as the Miami Rum Renaissance 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. There are several major changes to the event this year, including the move from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and a schedule change from April to June in order to coincide with the Hukilau (see above for details).
Tales of the Cocktail: Jul. 17 - 22, 2018 (New Orleans, LA)
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 the Tales Around Town program where local bars and restaurants offer up their best food and drink to professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Rum Renaissance Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Nov. 19 - 30, 2018 (departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
This 11-night, rum-themed voyage aboard Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas cruise ship departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and visits Ponce, Puerto Rico, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Castries, St. Lucia, St. George's, Grenada, Bridgetown, Barbados, and St. Johns, Antigua. A small group of rum enthusiasts will enjoy VIP distillery tours, rum tastings, and shopping for unique and rare rums. We had an incredible experience on this cruise in 2016 and we are excited to join the adventure again in 2018!