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Everything you need to know about the Rum Festival that's coming to Glasgow

The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival is coming to Scotland and it's starting its tour in Glasgow, here is everything you need to know.

Published: April 20, 2017

What is it?

The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival, bringing rum, cocktails, food and music from around the globe, to the city of Glasgow.

When is it?

Friday 9th June 2017

Evening Session: 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Saturday 10th June 2017

Afternoon Session 12.30pm - 5pm

Saturday 10th June

Evening Session 6.30pm – 11.30pm

Where is it?

The Briggait

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(141 Bridgegate, Townhead, Glasgow G1 5HZ)

How can I get tickets?

Tickets are available from Eventbrite costing £12.50 per person.

What can I expect?

This brand new and original two-day event will introduce Scots to over 100 different rums from around the globe combined with live entertainment, great food and free giveaways.

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Lucy Douglas, the founder of the festival says: “The growth in the rum market and evolution in the variety of flavours and styles has been phenomenal over the last couple of years.

"Having been to some amazing Beer Festivals and Gin Festivals we decided to set up something for rum drinkers, somewhere fun where they could try new and exciting rums whilst listening to live music, eating great food and be surrounded by like-minded people.

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We know Scotland is famous for its whisky but we want you to now experience the Rum Revolution.”

What about the rum?

Rum is the most diverse and versatile of the spirits. Great on its own over ice, perfectly blended with your favourite mixer, or shaken up in a cocktail, rum is the perfect drink for any occasion.

With a vast and diverse range of production methods and being produced all over the globe in varying climates, every rum is different and there is something for everyone.

What about on the day?

On arrival, you will be greeted by a Rum’un*; handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home) and a brochure, full of information on all the rums you can try, fun facts about each of the suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.

Rum can be grouped into six categories and that is how you’ll find them at The Rum Festival. White, Golden, Dark, Navy, Spiced or Overproofed; but don’t worry if you know nothing about rum there will be a welcoming team there to help you choose.

*Lucy said: “We call our team Rum’Uns - Rum’un – Rum One… Someone who is a bit quirky; who is a little bit naughty but still eminently lovable!”

How do I pay for the drinks?

Drinks vouchers will be available from a stand in the main hall.

Where do I start?

If you're new to rum don't worry, the friendly Rum’uns will recommend a few to get you going or tell you all about their favourites.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Throughout the event there will be live entertainment and dancing – including steel drums and salsa; live blogs from rum industry experts, tasty food to buy and above all lots of fun.

At the Glasgow event, The Rum Festival’s cocktail team will also be on hand to mix you some of the tastiest rum cocktails on the planet.

Social Media

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @rumfestivaluk


Can I take pictures? Yes - absolutely, and we love people to share their pics on social media @rumfestivaluk. We will also have a photographer and videographer there talking photos of the event

Will there be tickets available on the door on the day? We will hold back a limited number of tickets for on the door sales but we recommend getting tickets in advance.

Will there be food? Yes - we will have three street food traders selling amazing Caribbean food - Jerk Chicken, Jambalaya plus lots more!

Will there be other drinks available? No - we think there is a Rum for everyone and our cocktails are really diverse! We will offer soft drinks and plenty of drinking water

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