If you missed the inaugural Rum Festival staged in 2019, try to make it for 2020 – you won’t be disappointed, it’s an unforgettable experience! The only spirit festival in Jamaica, this fun-filled, entertaining event is held over two days at Hope Gardens in Kingston.
The grounds are transformed into what can only be described as a lively rum village. You enter through an archway of lush, swaying cane stalks, cooled with a rum-infused mist. Once banded, you are greeted with sugar cane, peeled and bagged.
First stop is the Heritage House, a sobering experience that takes you through the epic and fascinating story of rum, told through detailed story boards, photographs and displays of rum barrels, artefacts and rare treasures.
Then begins the flavour journey. Tented rum stations were set up on the grounds, and patrons sampled a wide variety of rums – straight-up, or in signature cocktails, punches, slushes, and liqueurs.
The Ruminars, a spirited spin on seminars, were well-attended and included food pairings, live mixology demos, cocktail etiquette and ample sampling. Presenters included Master Blender, Joy Spence and Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, as well as members of the J. Wray & Nephew Academy.
It was a fun-vibe throughout the day and as the sun went down, patrons enjoyed an evening of entertainment with live performances on stage by local artistes. By last pour, heads were spinning from the intoxicating, thrilling experience!