It’s Rum-tastic! The North’s biggest Rum Festival returns to Manchester this July

Outlier shaking a cocktail

Celebrate World Rum Day – tasting over 50 Rums – at the Manchester Rum Festival at New Century Hall on July 13.

RUM is fascinating. You can start with the same raw materials and end up with a vast diversity of styles and flavours.

With so many historic rum-producing countries and regions, each with distinct climates and production methods, it’s a spirit that can range from delicate and creamy to green and herbaceous or rich, and spicy.

What is Rum?

Rum is a spirit distilled from sugar cane products that include molasses, sugar-cane juice, and cane honey. Unlike some other wines and spirits, the Rum category is not defined by geography, although there are some regions that have legal definitions and protections.

The Caribbean is still the heartland of production but there are fantastic spirits coming from across the globe, including Maderia, the Seychelles and even across Britain.

Where better to taste the diversity than at the North’s biggest rum festival? New Century Hall is set to become a rum lovers Tiki paradise when it hosts the Manchester Rum Festival  on July 13.

Santiago-de-Cuba rum at the Manchester Rum Festival, person talking to visitors with a hat on.
Santiago de Cuba

Around 50 incredible brands from every corner of the world will be showing off their best creations. What’s more, all the rums are included in the £25 ticket price.

The official cocktail bar will be headed up by MONIN, and they will be showing off rum cocktail creations from Manchester’s best rum bars including Exhibition, Hold Fast, Northern Monk Refectory and New Century Kitchen.

Food will be provided by the incredible Nyammin that makes authentic Caribbean cuisine – including their world-famous Rum Cake.

The Nyammin Caribbean restaurant team all smiling
Nyammin, authentic Caribbean cuisine.

The tunes will come courtesy of Manchester legend DJ Dom, who will be keeping the party going all day with a mix of Reggae and Soca from the decks.

Fancy learning more about this incredible spirit? Founder and Manchester rum expert Dave Marsland and special guests will be running three ‘Rum Ramble’ seminars.

The sessions include a ‘From Grass to Glass, the making of a Rum Brand,’ showcase with Equiano Rum brand and global Rum ambassador, Ian Burrell.

There will also be a talk and taster session surrounding the world of rum cocktails – from classics to contemporary via tiki – with MONIN.

And finally, a first for any European festival, you can attend a ‘Make your own Arranges’ class, hosted by Damoiseau of Guadeloupe and rum ambassador, Danilo Grenci.

Manchester Rum Festival founder Dave Marsland said: “The festival brings together renowned distilleries from all over the world, and ticket holders are in for an even bigger treat this year as we relocate to New Century Hall – what an incredible, iconic central city venue it is!”

Rums to look out for

There will be agricultural rums from Madeira, courtesy of O Reizinho, a Casa Tarasco from Mexico, Renegade Cane Rum from Grenada, Ron Carúpano, from Venezuelan brand, a Rhum Depaz from the volcanic terroir of Martinique and Don Q from Puerto Rico.

If you fancy a change, the refreshing Caribbean lager, Carib, will be heading to Manchester for the very first time.

Other much-loved brand’s making an appearance at the festival include Scottish Rums made from scratch such as Ninefold distillery in Dumfries & Galloway, Chairman’s Reserve, Pusser’s, Worthy Park, Cockspur, Damoiseau, Don Papa and Aluna, not to forget Manchester-based One-Eyed Rebel from the Spirit of Manchester Distillery.

“The event really has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years and we are now one of the biggest rum festivals in the country outside London. We can’t wait to welcome the rum lovers to the event, which is set to host more rum brands than ever before, meaning the ticket price is even better value for money.”

Costing just £25 each, click here to get tickets.

When and where?

Manchester Rum Festival,
New Century Hall,
34 Hanover Street,
Saturday July 13 -12pm – 6pm


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