Rum’s French Accent

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…)

rum 1Rhumfest 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 spot).

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, master classes and many of the events will be broadcast live on social networks.

rum 2There 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, created by an impressive team of rum experts.