It’s a Rum Do in Manchester as Festival returns this August bank holiday

2020…events…pandemic…cancellations and so on and so forth.

Stick a pin in that. It’s 2021, it’s the August bank holiday weekend and the Manchester Rum Festival is on!

Bringing with it over 30 rum brands from around the world, this year’s festival takes place in the 4-star Mercure Hotel on Saturday 28 August, at the heart of the city in Piccadilly Gardens.

Rum’uns in the Gardens, sounds familiar?


It is Manchester’s first and only dedicated official rum festival and is sponsored by Coca-Cola Signature Mixers.

Featuring expressions from single and multi-distillery producers, to flavour-enhanced bottlings, as well as drinks, food by Mecure and live music, this is a drinks festival like no other, bringing together rum producers and brands, mixologists, spirits enthusiasts, and rum fans.

The Manchester Rum Festival was established five years ago by Dave Marsland, a Manchester-based event curator, spirits expert and bar owner, to put Manchester on the map as a rum destination and to showcase the contribution the north west is making within the rum renaissance.

He says,

The event has grown in size, attendance and importance every year and I’m so excited we have such fantastic brands exhibiting this year.

Hailing from Jamaica and Venezuela to Manchester and Lancashire, contemporary brands such as Saint Benevolence, AB Gold, Ninefold and Montanya will be showcased for the first time at the event, while local brands Diablesse, Salford Rum, Witch Kings and City of Manchester Distillery are also confirmed as exhibitors.

New Cuban rum brand Black Tears, from the Island Rum Company, will also be available on taste – the world’s first dry spiced Cuban rum.

Altogether, over 1,000 litres of rum will be poured in Manchester!

A normal Tuesday night in Manchester then?

You again? Cheeky beggar.

Enough of this imaginary bantz, let’s get down to business.

The event has been a sell-out for the previous four years so waste no more time. Tickets are priced at £30 plus booking fee, including all samples.

A selection of rums will be able to purchase by the bottle to take away. Over 21s only. Last pour strictly at 6.45pm

See you there rum-lovers of Manchester and beyond!

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