The fourth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival begins on Monday, April 16 with a series of evening VIP rum parties hosted by leading rum brands at notable venues throughout the area.

A robust schedule of rum-themed special events during the week culminates in a two-day grand tasting exhibition from 1 to 7pm Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 at the Deauville Beach Resort at 6701 Collins Avenue. The main event features nearly a hundred rum and island lifestyle exhibits, offering complimentary samples of hundreds of fine rums.

According to event organizers Robert and Robin Burr, their Miami Rum Fest has doubled in size each year, a testament to the fact that consumer interest in sugar cane spirits is growing rapidly, faster than any other category of liquor.

“The vast range of fine rums now coming to the market reinforces our prediction that rum is enjoying a renaissance of appreciation,” said Robert Burr, festival promoter and author of Rob’s Rum Guide. “We’re seeing an explosion of top-tier family reserves, luxury sipping rums and premium products on the shelves in liquor stores.

Exciting new rums are joining the legacy Caribbean classics to bolster the cane spirits category and provide consumers with a fantastic array of choices of sipping rums. We’re also seeing many new high quality rums specially designed for creating great cocktails.”

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival offers an unparalleled opportunity for consumers and the trade to learn about — and sample — the best rums in the world over the two-day grand tasting events with more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Deauville Beach Resort.

“We’re very excited to see so many new rum brands and island lifestyle products participating this year,” said Robin Burr, exhibits manager. “We’ve nearly doubled the size of our main exhibit space once again to bring festival participants a wider variety of rums and related products from around the world.”

Rum enthusiasts can choose between $40 advance tickets to the grand tasting events ($50 at the door) or$250 VIP passes granting all-access admission to the week long series of VIP parties and special events.

For tickets to the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, visit the web site at www.RumRenaissance.com or call 877-855-3378.

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