The Leeds Rum festival returns to the city for its fourth year and it is back with a bang.
It is at the Corn Exchange in September for one night only – and this time it has teamed up with the Black Music Festival.
In addition to bringing some chilled out tunes to mix with the world’s friendliest spirit, organisers have revealed what rum fans can expect from this year’s event.
There will be more than 30 rum brands – eight that are new to the festival for 2019, and more than 100 rum expressions including new ones from festival regulars.
Leeds Rum Festival, on September 21 from 7pm, is co-ordinated by two of the most respected names from the city’s independent food and drink scene.
Samantha Fish, operations manager for famed bar Mojo, and Bruce Lerman, owner of The Hedonist Project, started the festival back in 2016 and it has become a firm favourite in the city’s social calendar with people travelling far and wide to attend.
Ms Fish, decorated with Northern Bartender of the Year 2008; Best Bartender Leeds 2009; Best Bar Manager 2011 accolades and a place in the top 10 female bartenders in the world 2014, knows her stuff.
She said: “Rum is the most diverse spirit category in the world. The way it’s made varies massively from country to country and that results in many expressions.
“Most people will know Bacardi and Havana, and most of us will have had a Mojito and a Pina Colada – you can expect to find them with us on the night – but there is so much more to rum – colours, flavours, spices.
“We believe there is a rum for everyone, and we want to help you find yours.”
Leeds Rum Festival is renowned for being knowledgeable, diverse and for bringing together esteemed, international names from the rum world so some of the rums appearing this year include Naud Rums from Panama; the Caribbean brand Diablesse Rum; Bayou Rums which are created from 100 per cent Louisianan ingredients; Pusser’s Rum, a Navy staple that can be traced back to 1655 and Appleton Estate rums that are from Jamaica.
Masterclasses that have proved popular in previous years and are delivered by industry professionals, are also back on the agenda as are DJs and live entertainment.
The Rum Shack bar will be offering cocktails, highballs, beer and Prosecco.
And if you want to take home a drop of your favourite tipple then independent Leeds-based retailer Latitude Wine and Spirits’ Bottle Shop are stocking all the brands for ticket holders to purchase.
With street food and the Desert Island Disco taking the festival into the night, this year promises to be bigger than ever.
Ms Fish added: “We are really excited to be working with Black Music Festival this year.
“We’ve always wanted to grow the Rum Fest and continue to bring people from all over the world whilst keeping it ‘Leeds’ and we think this partnership is symbolic of our ethos.
“This year’s visitors can expect steel pans, incredible costumes, song, and dance on top of our much-loved masterclasses, and over 100 expressions of rum – all included in the ticket price.”
Tickets are now on sale for £20 plus the booking fee. Visit leedsrumfest.eventbrite.com