Raise your hand if you love rum! If you didn’t raise your hand, just stop reading right now and go do something else. Still here? Cool, we’re gonna get along just fine….
Rum is an incredibly interesting spirit, from its rich history to modern-day debates on its true definition. It can be sipped straight or mixed into a cocktail. There’s also its cheeky tiki side. En plus, it’s got a real French connection with artisanal rhum agricole hailing from the islands. If you’re already a rum lover or are ready to explore a bit more, then get ready for this year’s Rhumfest 22 and 23 April (general public) and 24 April (professionals) at the Parc Floral (and, note the nod to the Parc on this year’s poster with the peacocks recalling those that roam the grounds…)
Rhumfest is a salon that will showcase the spirit through tastings, master classes, talks and more. For example, catch big rum personalities like Ian Burrell giving an Appleton Estate Master Class or historian Matthieu Lange presenting rum from the mid 19th century to 1930 (Be sure to reserve online ahead of time for the classes and talks to ensure a space)
In addition, there will be an “Eveil des Sens” session that will awaken your senses as well as tasting classes overseen by rum experts Cyrille Mald and Alexandre Vingtier. Finally, a Central Park Bar promises plenty of rum cocktails and more fun. If you can’t make the event, masterclasses and many of the events will be broadcast live on social networks.
There will be 138 brands present, meaning you’ll have the chance to interact with some old standbys like Havana and try their new reference Pacto Navio (available in France – and Cuba only) or taste something new and excellent like the O.F.T.D. from Plantation and created by an impressive team of rum experts.
For its fourth year, Rhumfest takes the theme, “Route des Arômes” to reflect this edition’s more organoleptic and pedagogical approach. Rather than just a big ol’ party, the team wants to really pay tribute to the richness of rum and its recent growth. We’ll also see a few changes this year including removal of the VIP area to increase floor space, plus a reduction in available tickets by 25%, meaning things will be a little less crowded than in years past.
Day passes start at 45 Euros and allow for entry to the festival, tasting at all the stands and the opportunity to participate in the master classes and talks. Tip: It’s a bit of a walk from the festival to the metro, so take note that Youngo is running a free shuttle from the show to the metro.