Dish of the Day: How to… learn the A to Z of rum

The Cocktail Lovers

drink 300x190 Dish of the Day: How to… learn the A to Z of rumThat’s everything from Angostura in Trinidad to Zacapa in Guatemala, taking in exotic locations such as Jamacia, St. Vincent, Barbados, Bermuda and St. Lucia in between. Oh yes indeedy, the seventh annual RumFest takes place this weekend, and if there’s one thing guaranteed to take your mind off the colder weather blowing through over the next few days, this is it.

Forget the carnival girls on hand to greet you with their big smiles and teeny weeny bikinis, never mind the tropical food market offering sunshine flavours from around the world, and for the moment at least tear your thoughts away from the live socca, salsa and reggae music and holiday giveaways and focus on the star attraction of the show: the rum. Over 400 varieties brought together for two fun-filled days at ExCel.

Sure, you’ll find the big guns such as Bacardi, Havana Club and Wray & Nephew offering samples and expertly mixed cocktails but there are a host of other exciting rums to get acquainted with too. Like El Dorado, the delicious, decidedly moreish Demerara rum from Guyana, and Botran, a sublime, slightly fruity and agreeable sweet rum from Guatemala. Older brands such as Lamb’s rum will also be in the mix as well as Pusser’s, Mount Gay and Appleton.

Of course you should spend time sampling the goodies on offer but don’t miss the master classes taking place. Highlights include a Rum & Marshmallow Tasting with UK Rumfest Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell; A Legacy of Tradition with Ron Botran; Distilling and Aging Angostura Rums with Angostura Master Distiller John Georges and Diplomatico Tasting with Master Blender Tito Cordero.

Wear comfortable shoes, light layers and be prepared to party – this one cranks the fun factor up to the max. You have been warned.

RumFest takes place at ExCel on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. Prices start from £25, plus booking fee for a Standard ticket. Visit

The Cocktail Lovers say…

If rum’s not your thing, there’s still time to take in the last few days of London Cocktail Week running until Sunday 13th October. See for daily events and participating bars.

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As London Cocktail Week ends, London Chocolate Week begins. Combine the two with Choctails based on After Eight mints, Turkish Delight and Cornetto on the menu at the Met Bar from 14 to 20 October.

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