Best Rum Festivals to Attend in 2019

If you’re anything like us here at The Rum Guys, you’ll be eagerly awaiting a summer packed full of rum festivals! As the winter months come to a close, rum lovers across the world prepare to come together and celebrate our favourite tipple at the various rum events, with the opportunity of tasting some of the new craft offerings that have entered the market. We’re busy planning the rum events that we’ll be attending here in the UK, so take a look at our top recommendations below. We hope to see you there!


The Rum Festival – Newcastle, 4th May 2019

The Rum Festival is officially the UK’s first travelling rum festival and this year it’s taking over Newcastle again after a very successful 2018. Founded on the back of the vision of the upcoming rum revolution, this event is the first of its kind and will be bringing their rum festivals to a host of other UK cities too, including Norwich, Glasgow, Kent and Edinburgh. As born and bread Northerners, we’ll be attending the Newcastle event, which has this year taken over a larger space at Northumbria Uni. In terms of the rum itself, you can expect to find over 100 types of rum to sample, from large brands to some of the smaller craft varieties. Confirmed partners include Dead Man’s Fingers, Mount Gay, Beach Craft Spirits and Cloven Hoof. Standard ticket prices start from as little as £10 for an early bird pass. Alternatively, if you’re looking to splash out, you can go VIP which gets you fast track entry, a Rum Festival Tote Bag, a complimentary rum punch and two rum and mixers of your choice. Click here to purchase your tickets.

UK Rum Festivals


The RumFest 2019 – London, 20th October 2019

The UK RumFest is on its 12th year this year and continues to go from strength to strength. Founded by the World’s only Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, UK RumFest will showcase over 400 of the world’s finest rums when it opens its doors on Saturday 20th October. Although no set timetable has yet been released for 2019, you can expect a packed seminar schedule with tasting sessions and talks from some of the world’s finest rum distillers and connoisseurs. At £49.50 for a ticket, it’s a lot more expensive than ‘The Rum Festival’, however, this is what you can expect when attending the industry’s most prestigious event. It’s well worth attending, particularly if you want to sample some of the higher end rums on the market. Click here to purchase your ticket to RumFest.

RumFest 2019


UK Rum Festivals – Cardiff, Date TBC

UK Rum Festivals have combined their love of rum, music and street food to bring a rum festival like no other. This particular event started in 2002 and has expanded to cover Brighton, Exeter and Cardiff. Whether you want to know more about rum or simply taste more variations than the standard mainstream brands, this event has something for everyone. Exhibitors last year included The Floating Rum Shack and Revolver Rum, and you can expect more of the same calibre this year. If you’re a new rum drinker and looking to open your eyes to the world of sugar cane spirits, then this is the event for you. Tickets start at £30, priced slightly between the two events already mentioned. Click here to purchase your ticket to UK Rum Festivals.

Rum Festival UK

Gin & Rum Festival – UK Wide, 17th/18th May 2019

If you’re partial to a gin as well as a rum, you may consider attending the Gin & Rum Festival this year. Backed by Schweppes, the event has grown rapidly to cover 21 locations throughout the UK, so you can be sure to in easy reach of one of their locations. Drinks-wise, you can expect the opportunity to sample 60 gins and 60 rums, with a spread of established brands and craft startups alike. Obviously, with the event catering for both gin and rum lovers, don’t expect that rum connoisseur feel that you’d get at RumFest. However, for the price, we think it’s well worth a visit. Tickets start from as little as £13 and that includes some goodies such as a satchel bag, Gin & Rum Festival glass and a comprehensive gin and rum guide. Click here to purchase your ticket to the Gin & Rum Festival. 

Gin & Rum Festival 2019

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