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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 443-7973

Dates: April 16 – April 22, 2012
Price: The Grand Tasting Events are $40 per day in advance or $50 per day at the door. VIP passes are $250 per person
Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

The annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival will be held this year in Miami Beach at the Deauville Beach Resort. The whopping week-long affair is a culmination of tastings, competitions, seminars and parties celebrating the fine creations of the rum industry. Everyone from rum experts to industry professionals to social rum drinkers can enjoy the treats of the festival: entertainment, prizes, information, and of course, plenty of imbibing of rum. The events don’t have to overwhelm – visitors have lots of leeway to plan full days of fun each day. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated events to get that itinerary started.

The Great Rum Challenge
Date: April 17, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Price: $30, Click here for tickets.

The Great Rum Challenge takes festival-goers to the Deauville’s Le Jardin room for a rum tasting competition. Competitors are blindfolded and proceed to sample several rums with the objective of correctly identifying them. The winner of all of the rounds wins eight fine rums and two all-access passes to the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2012, as well as the opportunity to guest judge on the rum tasting experts’ own rum tasting competition. Enthusiasts feeling well-versed in the spirits and up for the challenge must pre-register on the website.

The Liar’s Club West pop-up bar
Dates: April 17 – April 21 2012
Time: 11 p.m.
Price: Free admission

Lyndon Higginson is bringing his beautiful and inviting, “island hideaway” tiki bar from Manchester, England to Miami for this year’s festival. The late-night pop up bar will feature Lyndon himself as well as other members from The Liar’s Club across the pond. The Deauville Hotel’s Jazz Club will be transformed into a tiki bar atmosphere complete with island music, great times and rum cocktails, of course. The pop-up bar is a great way to unwind after a day of seminars and competitions and the fun continues until 2:30 in the morning.

Bacardi VIP Party
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: VIP passes are $250 per person. Click here for tickets

The family-owned, household name rum producers, Bacardi, will be hosting an exclusive VIP bash during this year’s Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. VIPs will be treated to Bacardi cocktails in a huge fete celebrating the history, present and future of Bacardi rum spirits. The nearly 150 year old company has been producing fine rums throughout a large chunk of modern history. Bacardi rums are even said to have been the inspiration behind such classic cocktails like the daiquiri and the mojito.

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Mod Miami
Dates: April 20 – April 22, 2012
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: Click here for tickets.

Mod Miami will be three nights of late night partying for festival attendees. Hosted by Mike “The Jetsetter” Jones, Mod Miami will be a celebration of the tiki bars and tiki style as well as the styles of the period of Mid-Century Modern/Space Age/and Atomic designs. The parties will be full of unexpected surprises as well as cocktails, music, fashion, art, design, and more. The Mod Miami events promise to be a 21st Century take on a blast from the past.

Grand Tasting
Dates: April 21 – April 22, 2012
Time: 1 p.m.
Price: Included in VIP pass. Click here for tickets.

Visitors to the festival have the opportunity to sample over 200 amazing rums at the Grand Tasting events over the weekend. Rums from various destinations are on offer for tasting from the best rum brands in the world including Bacardi, Mount Gay, Appleton and Cruzan. Respected industry experts will be on hand to give seminars and several cocktail competitions will be running simultaneously with the Grand Tasting events. Food will be sold throughout the event to soak up those rum samples and everything from books to clothing to gourmet products will be for sale at the Island Lifestyle exhibits from names like Books & Books, Island Fusion Gourmet and Coconut King.

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