Another RumFest weekend has passed, it was our 9th consecutive annual weekender and the events 10th – a milestone worth celebrating for sure. It was also our first where the other half of TheFloatingRumShack.com had the opportunity to look around, whilst I found myself with the very pleasant task of helping the Yaguara Cachaça team on stand who were a man down. The view from behind the counter is very different and I’ll share my perspective on that soon, but it was this notion of working at the event that synched with my emotional look back over the years at the GRB Awards that have inspired this article.
“Ordinary” To “Extraordinary”
This year at RumFest, the team at Bacardi are partnering with Revolución de Cuba to provide a fully immersive experience for their stand. We’ve been told what to expect, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise for you all, so let’s just say that the journey starts outside the stand at the daiquiri fountain and you really won’t want to miss what comes next!
A 10 Year Review…
The Golden Rum Barrel Awards return after a two-year sabbatical and offers a mix of categories that look back over the last 10 Years and at 2016. These awards have always provoked discussion but only the most hard-hearted would deny that getting some recognition is most welcome. Things sure have changed for us since we started TheFloatingRumShack.com in 2009. It’s been fun for sure!
When: 7th October 2016
Where: Langham Hotel
1C Portland Place
London W1B 1JA
After the excitement surrounding the launch of Spirit of Tiki back in July, the news that it had to be postponed due to a fire at the venue was taken stoically, but with sadness. We were all looking forward to it - but the good news is that the event has arisen from the ashes (no pun intended) and looks set to join the fun as a part of the London Cocktail Week celebrations.
When: 27th September 2016 7.30pm
The Summer Holidays are done, the kids have gone back to school and it is time for our rummy learnings and exploration to continue. With this in mind, we are going to deconstruct Wood’s Navy Rum, one of the more well-known rums commercially available here in the UK.
Balls to Wall Cocktail Making!
Following on from this years ‘The Ride’, Sailor Jerry has just launched an online cocktail competition for the UK’s bartenders, challenging them to create a Sailor Jerry serve inspired by one of the teams who took part. Video clips are online now at facebook.com/TheRideSJUK, encouraging bartenders to post their creations to enter.
Partnership Rum Running…
It’s always pleasing to hear that the availability of authentic rum increases, meaning regular people and not just rum fans are likely to encounter it. So its good news to hear that a large number of John Lewis stores across the UK and online via John Lewis Direct, will soon be stocking The Real McCoy rum from Foursquare Distillery, Barbados.
When: 26-29th August 2016
Where: Urban Beach
23 Argyll Road
Couldn’t help but give our friends at Urban Beach a shout-out as they are throwing a bit of tiki weekender fun this coming Bank Holiday. Sporting a core selection of fantastically priced cocktails, which we fully expect to be delicious and an entirely appropriate sharing platter – it’s difficult for us to stay away! See you there?
Down For A Ten Stretch…
With every passing year, I wish more and more that we’d known about RumFest when it launched in 2007, that first show was the only one we’ve missed, but we have been pleased to attend every day, of every show ever since. It’s our 9th coming up, but I can only imagine how Ian Burrell feels about his baby turning 10 this October. Pretty special I imagine!
September Training Courses! *Update*
The team at Aroma Academy have announced the next set of training days to run in September. It's the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to explore their own sensory abilities and further develop them. Interested? It’s well worth booking a place for you or to gift to an enthusiastic friend or relative!
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