Leeds Rum Festival is at The Corn Exchange, Leeds City Centre, on Saturday September 21st from 7pm ‘til late
Back for its fourth year, the original Leeds Rum Festival returns to the Corn Exchange in September for one night only – and this time it has teamed up with the Black Music Festival.
“We are really excited to be working with Black Music Festival this year,” says Rum Festival founder Samantha Fish.
“We’ve always wanted to grow the Rum Fest and continue to bring people from all over the world whilst keeping it ‘Leeds’ and we think this partnership is symbolic of our ethos. This year’s visitors can expect steel pans, incredible costumes, song, and dance on top of our much-loved masterclasses, and over 100 expressions of Rum – all included in the ticket price.”
Black Music Festival has been celebrating music of black origin every summer for over five years superseding Leeds Reggae Concert. It takes place at Leeds’ Potternewton Park in August and brings together a host of local, national and international bands, DJs, food and entertainment.
Leeds Rum Festival launched in 2016 and is now a staple in the What’s On calendar with people travelling far and wide to attend.
Coordinated by two respected names from the city’s hospitality scene – Samantha Fish, Operations Manager for famed bar Mojo, and Bruce Lerman Owner of The Hedonist Project – Leeds Rum Festival is renowned for being knowledgeable, diverse and for bringing together esteemed, international names from the Rum world.
“Rum is the most diverse spirit category in the world,” says Samantha. “The way it’s made varies massively from country to country and that results in many expressions. Most people will know Bacardi and Havana, and most of us will have had a Mojito and a Pina Colada – you can expect to find them with us on the night – but there is so much more to Rum – colours, flavours, spices; we believe there is a Rum for everyone, and we want to help you find yours!”
With over 30 Rum brands – eight that are new to the festival for 2019, over 100 Rum expressions including new ones from festival regulars, the return of the popular Masterclasses presented by industry professionals, DJ and live entertainment, The Rum Shack bar offering cocktails, highballs, beer and Prosecco, independent Leeds-based retailer Latitude Wine and Spirits’ Bottle Shop stocking all the brands for ticket holders to purchase and take home,street food, and the Desert Island Disco taking the Festival into the night, this year’s Festival promises to be bigger than ever.