Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

April 22-23, 2017
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711 N.W. 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33126

on site:
DoubleTree by Hilton

Miami Beach:
Hotel Breakwater

Hotel Victor

Casa Victoria Orchid

April 22-23, 2017 -- 9th Annual Miami Rum Festival
and International Trade Exposition for Rum
The Ultimate Rum Festival and Trade Expo

Welcome to the world's largest gathering of rum producers, experts and enthusiasts.

Rum is experiencing a Renaissance of appreciation.

Savvy consumers come to the Miami Rum 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 producers from all over the world come to introduce new products, meet with importers and distributers, buyers and retailers, as well as consultants on the distillation, packaging and marketing of rum worldwide.

For consumers, the Miami 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.

Enjoy a grand three-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.

Rum is fun - Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
from Jochen Hirschfeld on Vimeo.

"The event, which drew 12,000 in 2013, 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. But if this is about a new boom in the spirits industry, it's also about a new bond between the Caribbean and South Florida. Very little rum is actually made in Miami. Still, as the Rum Fest suggests, rum reputations are made here. The city today is rum's premiere showcase, as evidenced by the more than 80 fine rums on the menu at Ortanique, a Caribbean restaurant in South Florida." - National Public Radio

discount rates starting at $139 per night


Miami Rum Festival takes place in the sub-tropical wonderland of Miami at the world class Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center. This spacious, Miami hotel was recently renovated and is the ideal location for a large international gathering of rum experts and enthusiasts. Here you will sample the world's finest rums in the center of the rum universe.

Trade Expo


For those in the industry, the International Trade Expo For Rum is a rare opportunity to meet with fellow producers, distilers, blenders, importers, marketers, distributors, retailers and the international spirits press.

Cocktail Week


Enjoy Miami Cocktail Week VIP parties, hosted by the finest spirit companies in the world at great cocktail venues around Miami, featuring fine libations and entertainment.

Rum Tastings


The Grand Rum Tasting Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday will include a plethora of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond. Sample the finest rums from each island, from each category and from each notable brand.

VIP Tasting Bar   The luxury VIP Tasting Bar offers a selection of rare, vintage and limited edition rums -- many of which are not available in the United States -- from the private collections of noted Rum Experts, for those that truly appreciate the finest rums.



Seminars and lectures will be presented by a veritable who's who list of experts from the rum manufacturing, distilling and blending world, as well as luminaries of the cocktail mixologists universe, offering insightful programs to consumers and members of the trade.

Tiki Night at
The Mai Kai
  On Tuesday evening we all gather at the legenday Mai Kai Restaurant and the Molokai Bar for tiki drink specials, rum tastings and the incredible Polynesian dancers review show. The Tiki Bus leaves the Doubletree Hotel at 5:15pm sharp.



Discover a treasure trove of cool island fashions, arts and crafts, tiki collectables, home furnishings, travel opportunities and more -- in the Island Lifestyle exhibits.

and Awards


Rum Renaissance is host to the world-famous RumXP competition, where more than one hundred rums from around the world will be judged by an all-star international cast of authors, lecturers, trainers, historians, journalists, consultants, collectors, proprietors, mixologists and promoters of rum. Attend the RumXP Awards Ceremony where the winners of the World's Best Rums will be announced.

Ride Service


Enjoy our rum tasting events without concern for driving or parking. Use our official car service to bring you safely and securely to and from the Miami Rum Festival. It's easy, it's convenient and it's carefree.

Rob V. - Robin Burr and Robert A. Burr
hosts of the Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo

VIP Tasting Bar Debuts

The addition of the new luxury VIP Rum Tasting Bar brings a selection of rare, vintage and limited edition rums to the event for serious rum enthusiasts.

Both Robert Burr and his son Rob V. Burr will be on hand at the VIP Tasting Bar to share their knowledge and passion for these select expressions of the world's best rums.

Among the luxury rums to be sampled for a small fee are:

  • Facundo Paraíso
  • Brugal Siglo de Oro and 1888
  • Barcelo 30th Anniversary
  • Abuelo Centuria
  • Zafra 30 year old
  • Don Pancho Origenes 30 Year Old Rare Reserve
  • Barbancourt 15, and 150th Anniversary
  • Mount Gay 1703
  • Clement XO
  • Zacapa XO
  • Opthimus 21 & 25
  • Appleton 21
  • Botran Solera 1893
  • Dictador XO
  • El Dorado 21

Luxury rum samples are available for a small fee, separate from the exhibit entrance fee.

Presenting the largest rum festival in the world -- attracting rum producers, distillers, noted experts, professionals and enthusiasts from more than 30 countries.

The annual Miami Rum Festival offers an opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond during three days of Grand Tasting events at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center in April.

Celebrity seminars, live entertainment, island lifestyle vendors and interactive cocktail demonstrations round out the activities associated with this unique celebration of the best rums in the world.

"We're challenging the mistaken assumption that Rum is ordinary. In fact, Rum is fascinating." - Robert Burr

"Rum is fun. And rum people are fun people." - Robert Burr

It's best to purchase tickets in advance. Once we reach our limit of attendees each day, no more tickets will be sold at the door. Please register in advance using the online ticket service. Register Online

"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 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival six years ago. This year's weekend-long event showcases premier rum brands, celebrity seminars, workshops, cocktail competitions, entertainment and more."
- Forbes Travel Guide

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 fun. And rum loving people are fun loving people. Share the rum tasting experience with friends, compare notes and express the flavors and impressions you're experiencing to contrast and confirm with others. This is a unique learning experience. Not everyone will agree on their favorites, but some expressions manage to please almost everyone.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is a three day event. Of course it's a great idea to have a hotel room nearby to relax and take in the experience. Take your time, there is no rush. Enjoy a seminar or two, take a rest and drink plenty of water along the way. It's also a good idea to use a car service to ensure that you're able to enjoy the experience without worrying about your driving needs.

Miami Rum Festival is produced by Rum Renaissance Festival LLC
presented by Rob's Rum Guide in association with the International Rum Expert Panel.
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Robert Burr's Gifted Rums Guide RumXP International Rum Expert Panel

Donations benefit the following not-for-profit organizations:

Fraternal Order Of Moai