Manchester Rum Festival – Tiki heaven comes to New Century this month

Manchester Rum Festival – Tiki heaven comes to New Century this month

The Manchester Rum Festival is set to return to Manchester this month, but this time things are going full steam ahead.

There will be more than 50 rum brands bringing the calypso vibe to the New Century, serving cocktails and rum tastings.

The big event is taking over New century for the first time, fortunately falling on World Rum Day (July 13).

The larger venue also means a larger selection of rums and brands than ever before, with tastings included in the ticket price.

Cocktail creations will come from local bars such as Exhibition, Hold Fast, Northern Monk Refectory and New Century Kitchen, with the official cocktail bar led by MONIN.

Authentic Caribbean food will come from Nyammin’, who will have their world-famous rum cake in abundance, while Manchester legend DJ Dom will keep the party going all day with a mix of reggae and soca on the decks.

Rum names make their debut in Manchester at Manchester Rum Festival include O Reizinho, an agricultural rum from Madeira; Casa Tarasco from Mexico; Renegade Cane Rum from Granada; Ron Carúpano, a Venezuelan brand with the country’s only female Master Blender; Rhum Depaz from the volcanic terroir of Martinique; and Don Q from Puerto Rico.

Bristol Classic, a rum company that produces limited quantities of rums from countries including Guyana and Mauritius, as well as Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, will also make its first appearance at the festival.

Other much-loved brands also on tap include Chairman’s Reserve, Pusser’s, Worthy Park, Cockspur, Damoiseau, Don Papa, Ninefold and Aluna, as well as Manchester’s One-Eyed Rebel from Spirit of Manchester Distillery.

And if you fancy ditching the rum for a while, Caribbean lager Carib will also be in Manchester for the first time.

London Essence will be the festival’s official partner in 2024, bringing its distinctive drinks, including tonics, craft sodas and lemonades, to the festival.

This year, Manchester rum expert and founder Dave Marsland and special guests will also lead three ‘Rum Ramble’ seminars.

These will include a presentation “From the grass to the glass, creating a rum brand” with Equiano Rum and Ian Burrell; a talk and tasting on the world of rum cocktails with MONIN; and finally a “Make your own arrangements” class (the first time this has happened at a European festival), presented by Damoiseau de Guadeloupe and Ambassador Danilo Grenci.

Ticket holders will have the opportunity to reserve their seats for these exclusive seminars in advance.

Dave Marsland said: “The festival brings together renowned distilleries from around the world, and ticket holders are in for an even bigger treat this year when we move to New Century Hall – what an incredible, iconic venue in the city centre!

“The event has really gone from strength to strength over the last eight years and we are now one of the biggest rum festivals in the country outside of London.

“We can’t wait to welcome rum lovers to the event, which is set to feature more rum brands than ever before, meaning the ticket price is even better value for money.”

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