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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival adds luxury VIP Tasting Bar
The addition of select luxury, vintage and limited edition rums will offer a new level of excitement for serious rum enthusiasts at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Expo.
Miami Rum Festival - 100 words
Presenting the largest rum festival in the world -- attracting rum 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 on April 15-17, 2016. 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. www.MiamiRumFest.com
Miami Rum Festival - 75 words
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 on April 15-17, 2016. 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. Admisssion begins at $50. www.MiamiRumFest.com
Photos: Link to 2015 Photos for press use
Associated Press: Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
An article about the changes in US-Cuba policy and how it might affect consumers and the rum industry, featuring expert commentary by Robert Burr.
Similar quotes from Robert Burr have appeared in many news outlets around the world, including: NY Times, LA Times, New York Post, NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, U.S. News and World Report, USA News, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, WIOD Radio, Macro Insider, The Detroit News, Poughkeepsie Journal, Fox News Latino, The Detroit News, Lewiston Morning Tribune, Greenville News, WTOP News, The FLorida Times-Union, NWA Online, Texarkana Gazette, My San Antonio, Lewiston Tribute, The Day, KIRO TV, KCTV 5, KOIN 6, USA24, and other outlets.
Miami Rum Fest Announces International Trade Expo for Rum
This trade industry exhibition brings rum producers together with importers, distributors, retailers and media to exhibit rums and related products.
Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo
welcomes new rum brands
Emerging rum brands from South Florida, Georgia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Austria, Denmark, Japan, Philippines and India make their U.S. debut at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo...
2015 Local, National, International Press Coverage
Carib Seek Events Calendar
Boy Drinks World, Ram Udwin
Slammie.com, Atomic Grog
El Sol Latino
Miami New Times
Miami Herald (Via Associated Press)
Miami Herald (Via Associated Press)
Florida Fairs and Festivals
Macon Daily Telegraph (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2018
Columbus Ledger Enquirer (Via Associated Press)
Island Packet (Via Associated Press)
My San Antonio (Via Associated Press)
Bellville News Democrat (Via Associated Press)
Idaho Statesman (Via Associated Press)
Bradenton Herald (Via Associated Press)
Centre Daily Times, Pennsylvania (Via Associated Press)
Bellingham Herald, Washington (Via Associated Press)
Kansas City Star (Via Associated Press)
South Florida Caribbean News
You Tube – Yolo Rum
WSVN-TV (Via Associated Press)
Premier Guide Miami
Sun-Herald.com, Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015
SanLuisObispo.com (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015
April 17, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
April 18, 2015
Daytona Beach News Journal (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015
The Rum Trader
99 JAMZ – WEDR-FM
April 17, 2015
April 24, 2015
Bar Business Magazine
National Public Radio:
Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation
NPR: Why Caribbean Rum Is The New Cognac – And Why Miami Is Its Showcase
KeraNews: Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation
GPB News: Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation
Forbes Travel Guide: An Insider's Guide To The Best Rum In Miami
Miami New Times: Rum Renaissance Festival 2014: Top Five Coolest Rum Backstories
Miami New Times: Ten Rums We Loved at Rum Renaissance Festival 2014
Miami New Times: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer
Miami Herald: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival
Miami Herald: Prepare for a rum-soaked week as the Rum Renaissance Festival returns to Miami
Miami Traveler: Exploring the Magic City -- Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2015 by Hal Peat
Rum Journal: Miami Readies For World's Largest Rum Festival
Rum Journal: Pusser's, Don Q, El Dorado Among RumXP Winners
Rum lovers unite: Festival returns to Miami
Washington Times: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival
Food & Beverage Magazine -
Tanduay Silver Asian Rum Intrigues Experts at World's Largest Rum Festival
BarBizMag: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in Year Six
BarBizMag: Miami Rum Renaissance Continues Growth
A Mountain of Crushed Ice: Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum
Atomic Grog: Upstart spirits share spotlight with major players at sixth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Atomic Grog: Cocktails reach new heights of creativity at Miami Rum Festival
Atomic Grog: Step up your game at Miami Rum Fest
Atomic Grog: Six reasons to look forward to the sixth annual Miami Rum Fest
Bahama Bob: 2014 Miami Rum Festival a Review in Pictures
Floating Rum Shack: Bacardi Tiki Take Over 2014 UK Team Confirmed
Soul Of Miami: 2014 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Local10.com: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival
CBS4 Miami: Rum Connoisseurs Tasting New Flavors In Miami
Kansas City Business:
Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival
Fox35 Monterey: Miami Rum Festival will make the city of the sun in the 'capital of the ron'
Customer Experience Report:
Guyana Rum Takes Best in Class at 2014 Rum XP International Tasting Competition
BevNet: Selvarey Rum Announces California Distribution Through Southern Wine & Spirits
The Garden Isle: Koloa Rom brings home the gold
Hawai`i's Kōloa Rum Company Brings Home The Gold From The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Cheers: Real McCoy Wins Awards in Miami
Facebook Miami Rum Renaissance Photos by Rod Deal
Chilled: The Real McCoy Rum Makes a Splash at Miami Rum Renaissance
Rum lovers unite: Festival returns to Miami
Floribrew: Miami Rum Renaissance
MiamiDiario.com: Celebran el Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Interview 1 - National Public Radio
Rob, Robin and Robert Burr are interviewed by Tim Padgett, Americas Editor of
WLRN Public Radio about tasting rum.
Interview 2 - Robert Burr on By The Glass
Brett Hubbard and Friends interview Robert on their weekly show about spirits, wine and beer.
Banners and Logos for Miami Rum Festival
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Testimonials by Exhibitors
I am writing to you personally to say thank you soo much for the amazing and professional experience I had prior to getting to the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and while at the rum festival. Your organization skills on this event were fantastic. You and your team really have something special going! I am floored by how cool this event was and also how much interest we got from so many awesome people! I am personally writing all of you individually on behalf of our whole team because it was truly an outstanding event! Thank you very very much!!!!
Joanne, Bryan & James
Lost Spirits Distillery
Monterey County, CA
Just wanted to send you a email to say THANK YOU !! I know your busy with a thousand emails as questions but I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for all your help !!
We posted this video for the Miami Rum Festival, thought you would enjoy it .. We have Jack Sparrow coming lol…
Shark Bait Co.
D.B.A Tiburon Rum
From: "JoAnn "
Date: April 29, 2014 at 12:09:09 PM EDT
To: "Robin Burr"
Subject: Thank You
I know you have been very busy. We just wanted to Thank you for doing another outstanding job at the Miami Rum Fest.
I was a little worried about Sunday but it worked out very well. You had it all planned.
Thanks again and can't wait to have RumShine at the next event.
All the Best,
JoAnn and the team
Cape Spirits Inc.
Cape Coral, FL. 33991
From: Jeanne Toulon
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 2:28 PM
To: Robin Burr
Congratulations to you Rob and Rob on a job well done! Bob said it was fantastic and you were such a great help to him, thank You!
Director of Business & Public Relations
2014 Miami Rum Festival Photos
by Tatu Kaarlas
2014 Miami Rum Festival Video
by Jochen Hirschfeld
Rum Is Fun -- Miami Rum Festival 2014
69 rum brands
166 expressions of rum
Grand Tasting Attendance:
Trade Friday 3,316
During our survey we asked attendees about the level of kowledge of rum.
12.53% considered themselves expert/professional
24.09% considered themselves above average
37.44% considered themselves average
12.11% considered themselves having slight knowledge
13.83% considered themselves novice
World Tiki Team Competition:
Saturday was the scene of the Bacardi U.S. versus Bacardi U.K. World Tiki Team Championship
Bacardi U.S. team won for 2014.
The 2014 RumXP Blind Tasting Competition included:
12 RumXP judges along with
12 Guest judges
six tasting sessions over three days
17 categories of rum with
17 Best in Class awards, and
31 Gold awards were presented
Celebrity Seminars were well attended.
Nice Presenters: Phil Greene, David Cid, Bryan Davis, Shaun Caleb, Tyler Kok, Bernhard Schåfer, Ian Burrell, Paul McFadyen, Paul Senft with topics from Tiki Cocktails to the History of Falernum to "How to Taste Rum Like a Judge" over the course of three days.
Cocktail Parties throughout the week:
Seven cocktail parties took place throughout the week: Caña Rum Bar at the Broken Shaker, a visit to the Mai Kai in Ft Lauderdale with drinks by DonQ, Classic Bacardi Cocktails at the Bacardi Penthouse in Coral Gables, Bayou Rum from Lousiana at Gramps, Papa's Pilar hosted innovative cocktails at the Corner Bar, a Cocktail Walking Tour took place on Saturday on Miami Beach and the festival ended with a BBQ wrap party by DonQ at the Broken Shaker on Sunday.
Brands, importers and distributors exhibited many products at the festival including
Abuelo 12, Abuelo Añjeo, Abuelo Centuria, Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum, Appleton Estate 12, Appleton Estate VX, Arcane Delicatissime, Arcane Extraroma 12, Atlantico Platino, Atlantico Private Cask, Atlantico Reserva, Bacardi 8 Años, Bacardi Gold, Bacardi Mango Fusion, Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi Superior, Barcelo Gran Añejo, Barcelo Imperial, Barcelo Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario, Barrilito 3 Star, Barritt's Ginger Beer, Bãvaro Grand Brut, Bãvaro Grand Noir, Bayou Silver, Bayou Spiced, Blackheart Spiced, Black Mamba, Blue Chair Bay Coconut, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced, Blue Chair Bay White, Botran Reserva, Botran Reserva Blanca, Botran Solera, Brugal Anejo, Brugal XV, Brugal 1888, Brugal Papa Andrés, Bundaberg Double Barrel, Bundaberg Two Eighty, Bundaberg Blenders Edition 2014, Caliche, Carta Vieja Añejo, Carta Vieja Claro, Carta Vieja Extra Claro, Centenario 7, Centenario 9, Centenario 20, Centenario 25, Cubaney 25, Cubaney Centenario, Diplomatico Ambassador, Diplomatico Añeja, Diplomatico Blanco, Diplomatico Reserva, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, DonQ Añejo, DonQ Coco, DonQ Cristal, DonQ Gold, DonQ Gran Añejo, DonQ Limon, DonQ Mojito, DonQ Pasion, Dos Maderas 5+3, Dos Maderas PX 5+5, Dzama Amber Nosy-Be, Dzama Amber Cuvée Noire Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Blanche, Dzama Cuvée Blanche Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Noire, Dzama Vanilla 1 yo, Dzama Vanilla 3 yo, Dzama Vanilla 10 yo, Dzama White Nosy-Be, Edward Gunpowder, El Dorado 5, El Dorado 8, El Dorado 12, El Dorado 15, El Dorado 21, English Harbour 5, English Harbour 10, Flor de Caña Centenario 18, Flor de Caña Gran Reserva, Fresh Coconuts - Coconut King, Gosling's Black Seal, Gosling's Bermuda Gold, Gosling's Family Reserve Old, Gosling's Dark N Stormy, Gosling's Ginger Beer, Gubba Gold, Gubba Silver, Hampden Estate Gold, Izapa Platinum White, Izapa 13 Years, Izapa Seleccion del Maestro, Kalani Coconut Rum, Koloa Coconut, Koloa Dark, Koloa Gold, Koloa Spice, Koloa White, Kraken Black Spiced, Lost Spirits Navy Style, Medellin 3, Medellin 8, Medellin 12, Matusalem 15, Matusalem 18, Mt Gay 1703, Mt Gay Black Barrel, Mt Gay Eclipse, Mt Gay Extra Old, Ocumare Anejo, Ocumare Blanco, Ocumare Reserva, Oliver's Exquisto 1985, Opthimus 25, Opthimus 25 Malt Whiskey, Opthimus 25 Oporto, Origenes, Reserva Don Pancho 30, Origenes, Reserva Don Pancho 8, Origenes, Reserva Especial 18, Owney's Original, Papa's Pilar Blonde, Papa's Pilar Dark, Penny Blue, Pink Pigeon, Plantation 20th Anniversary XO, Plantation Grande Reserve 5, Plantation Guyana 2005, Plantation Jamaica 2001, Plantation Original Dark, Plantation Original Dark Overproof, Plantation Three Stars White, Plantation Trinidad 1999, Puntacana Club Esplendido, Puntacana Club XOX, Pusser's 3, Pusser's 15, Pyrat Cask 1623, Pyrat XO Reserve, Quorhum 30, Rhum St Barth Blanc Cool, Rhum St Barth Ambre Chic, Real McCoy 3 White, Real McCoy 5, Real McCoy 12, Rum Fire, Selvarey Cacao, Selvarey White, Skotlander RUM I, Tanduay Chairman's Reserve Intrigue, Tanduay Silver, Tanduay Heritage XO, Tiburon, Unhiq XO Unique Malt Rum, Viejo de Caldas 3, Viejo de Caldas Grand Reserva, Vizcaya Cask 12, Vizcaya Cristal, Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced, Wicked Dolphin Silver, Ypioca Prata, Zafra 21.
Photos of 2013
Please note: photos are available for usage as long as credit is given as both "taken" during Miami Rum Festival AND by photographer Tatu Kaarlas Please contact us for written permission.
For the latest up-to-date information about Miami Rum Renaissance Festival events, contact Robert Burr.
Rum Cruises to Caribbean Islands Announced
Hosts of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival today announced a series of special Caribbean voyages in November dedicated to the enjoyment and discovery of fine rums of the Eastern Caribbean.
The 2014 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel Of The Seas takes place November 22-28, 2014 during the week of Thanksgiving.
Departing from Puerto Rico, the itinerary includes stops in the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Martinique and Barbados before returning to Puerto Rico.
Robin Burr and her husband Robert are organizing the tour, featuring visits to distilleries, rum tasting sessions, shopping for rare and exclusive rums and unique opportunities to appreciate Caribbean rum culture along the way.
Jewel of the Seas, a dazzling Radiance-class ship, combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces for a delightful cruise getaway.
Members of the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXPs) will be onboard offering insight and expert advice for rum enthusiast passengers.
Another similar itinerary in early November -- The Rum Journey Caribbean Cruise -- will be lead by RumXP member Paul Senft.
This unique eight day repositioning cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor departs San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 1, 2014 and visits five rum-rich islands. The Splendor will visit St. Croix, Martinique, Dominica, Grenada, and Grand Turk before arriving at its new home at the Port of Miami. This itinerary will allow travelers to visit at least four distilleries and welcome centers to learn about the history and methods used to produce rums on their respective islands. These islands will also provide the unique opportunity to experience and purchase rums that are not available in the United States.
Both rum cruises are booked by Deborah Fogarty, a Certified Travel Agent and Elite Cruise Counselor from Be Well Travel, LLC. Contact Deborah at 754-201-1138 to book your cabin or email: Deb@bewelltravelcruises.com