Rum is fun. And rum people are fun people. Let’s discover the very best rums in the world with a spectacular two-day grand tasting event.
From across the USA, the Caribbean, Central and South American to the far reaches of the globe, sample the best rums of every category.
VIP Tasting Bar
The VIP Tasting Bar offers a selection of rare, vintage and limited edition rums for those that truly appreciate the finest spirits in the category.
Learn more about rum from leading experts, guest lecturers and international judges with master classes and hands-on interactive demonstrations.
A select group of International Rum Judges are sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions. The results are tabulated and announced at the Rum Renaissance Festival.
the world's largest gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts
A truly global gathering of international rum judges, producers, distillers, master blenders, exporters, importers, distributors, retailers, bartenders, rum collectors, rum bloggers and members of the spirits press.
Rum Renaissance Festival
June 9-10, 2018
An incredible selection of rums
The annual Rum Renaissance Festival offers an opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond during two days of Grand Tasting events at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel and the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.
Rum Is Fun
“Rum is fun. And rum people are fun people.” – Robert Burr
“We’re challenging the mistaken assumption that Rum is ordinary. In fact, Rum is fascinating.”
– Robert Burr
“Rum aficionado and veteran traveler Robert Burr has tasted his way around the globe in search of the best rum. Wanting to share his secret finds, Burr started the Rum Renaissance Festival years ago. This year’s weekend-long event showcases premier rum brands, celebrity seminars, workshops, cocktail competitions, entertainment and more.”
– Forbes Travel Guide
National Public Radio Speaks
“rum reputations are made here… it’s rum’s premiere showcase”
“The event, which drew thousands of rum enthusiasts, has become a central stage for what you might call the rum revolution — the recent ascent of high-end, premium rum. Don’t let the name Rum Fest fool you. It’s not a college beach bacchanal; it’s rum for grown-ups, for people who know that most aged rums today are distilled as masterfully as fine cognacs and single-malt Scotches.”
– National Public Radio
Tasting Rum like a Judge
Tasting rum is a sensory experience that requires some discipline and understanding of the medium to make the most of the opportunity.
A small sip is all you need to understand the flavor profile of rum.
At fine tasting events, quarter ounce samples are served, and that’s more than enough to discern and savor the intent of the producer.
Rum is experiencing a Renaissance of appreciation.
Savvy consumers come to the Rum Renaissance Festival to discover a truly remarkable range of fine rums from the Caribbean region, as well as North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia — and from the furthest reaches of the world.
Rum Enthusiasts and Professionals
For consumers, the Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting range of great rums to be sampled.
For professionals, this is the world’s largest and most important trade exposition for rum.
Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
Located on the water this state-of-the-art convention center is home to the world’s largest rum tasting event, offering first-class accommodations for exhibits and tasting rooms, plus plenty of covered parking with direct covered access to the rum festival.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel
Conveniently located on the water next to the convention center, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel is the ideal waterfront location for guests attending the Rum Renaissance Festival.
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