The UK’s first ever travelling Rum Festival first came to Newcastle back in April 2017 and you guys welcomed them with open arms (and mouths).

It’s now year three of the tour and The Rum Festival is bigger and better than ever before.

This year, they are taking over Domain, the biggest venue at Northumbria Uni, on Saturday 4 May –  and they’re bringing some new friends with them.

Obviously, they’ll have over 100 rums, including some you may never have heard of, and lots of old school favourites.

They’ll have cocktails of course – yes the boys are back! –  definitely have Caribbean Street food and absolutely have Mojito, their amazing house Cuban dance band.

This year they’re also welcoming more of their favourite new rum brands, so there’ll be plenty of samples to be had. They’ll introduce you to Lucy’s new favourite, the incredible William George Rum, the amazing One Love Rums, the unusual and exclusive Companero’s, and, of course, their friends from Old J will be bringing plenty of fun to the party.

So what can you expect?

On arrival, you will be greeted by a Rum’un, handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home) and a brochure full of information on all the rums you can try, fun facts about each of the suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.

Rum can be grouped into categories – modern, spiced and flavoured, aged and something different – and that is how you’ll find them at The Rum Festival.

And don’t worry if you know nothing about rum as there will be a welcoming team there to help you choose.

Drinks vouchers to taste the rums will be available from a stand in the main hall. These include a mixer of your choice and fresh garnish. We think the best way is to buy a card of four and then go from there, but you can purchase fewer – or more of course – if you like.

If you’re new to rum, don’t worry – the friendly Rum’uns will recommend a few to get you going or tell you all about their favourites.

Throughout the event there will be live entertainment and dancing, including steel drums and salsa; the opportunity to talk to rum industry experts, tasty food to buy and, above all, lots of fun.  And The Rum Festival’s cocktail team will be on hand to mix you some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet.

“For the last two years Newcastle has been a big highlight of our Rum Tour,” says festival founder Lucy Douglas.

“We loved last year and needed a bigger space for 2019 and I can’t wait for you to see it! The growth in the rum market and evolution in the variety of flavours and styles has been phenomenal over the last few years, and I’m so excited that people are starting to appreciate this amazing spirit.

“I set up the Rum Festival as somewhere fun where they could try new and exciting rums whilst listening to live music, eating great food and being surrounded by good people. I hope you’ll join us again this year, and if you’ve not been to The Newcastle Rum Festival then why not?!”

Saturday 4th May 2019: Afternoon Session 12.30pm – 5pm / Evening Session 6.30pm – 11.30pm


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