That’s what you get at the second annual Los Angeles Rum Festival, a/k/a SoCal Rum Fest, a boutique-style event that showcases handful of brands that emphasize the education and premium aspects of rum. Did you know that California alone is one of the largest rum consumer markets in the USA?
This post has everything you need to know about the Los Angeles Rum Festival including the 2023 date, time, location rum tastings, seminar hosts and tickets.
Presented by TheRumLab.com it is Friday, Sept. 8. It takes place at the Majestic Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles from 4-9 p.m. Tickets are $45 with additional costs for the seminars and are available at the event’s official website, larumfest.com.
Kiowa Bryan, Fede J. Hernández, Miguel Sequeira Torres, Otto Flores, Bryan Inman, Zan Kong, Johann Jobello, Adrienne Stoner, Kimberly Williams, Robert Gordon
The Trade “Industry” Session, 4-5:50 pm
The Trade “Industry” Session consists of a one-and-a-half-hour program offering industry professionals the opportunity to network with the brand representative, premium rum tastings, trade focus seminars (RSVP as space is limited), and mingle with industry colleagues. Note: for trade members only; bar, restaurant, and retail sale of beer/spirits and beverage media.
VIP Rum Experts Session, 4-9 pm
VIP Rum Experts Session consists of a five-hour program offering the attendees the opportunity for early admission, an exclusive tasting cup by The NEAT Glass, premium rum tasting, and access to two VIP Seminars and consumer seminars.
VIP Rum Enthusiastic Session, 5-9 pm
VIP Enthusiastic Session consists of a four-hour program offering the attendees the opportunity to one-hour early admission, an exclusive tasting cup presented by The NEAT Glass, taste premium rums Access to one VIP Seminar (RSVP as space is limited).
The Spirit Of Haiti By La Maison & Velier (VIPs) 4:15 pm – 5 pm
Explore the Haitian terroir through its local spirit, Clairin. Learn about the categorical differences that make Clairin so unique as well as the iconic styles of five single producers from five different villages. Speaker: Johann Jobello
Jamaican Rum Leading The Charge By Nrj (VIPs) 5:15 pm – 6 pm
The spirit of the Caribbean, Jamaican rum leading the charge (VIP Seminar). During this seminar, you will learn about Jamaica’s history, cocktail culture, and more. Speakers: Robert Gordon – Blender, Kimberly Williams – Master Blender Apprentice. Moderator: Adrienne Stoner
Rum Aficionados General Admission Tasting Session, 6-9 pm
Rum Aficionados General Admission Tasting Session consists of a 3-hour program offering the attendees an exclusive tasting cup presented by The NEAT Glass, premium rum tasting, and consumer seminars.
100% Estate Grown Rum, 7-7:45 pm
Today, many rum distilleries source their raw materials from other countries or other suppliers in their country. It’s rare to see 100% estate-grown rum brands/companies. You will learn about and taste 100% Estate exquisite rum during these seminars.
The Holy Trinity and Other Tropical Potions, 8-8:45 pm
There is so much more to rum cocktails than lime and sugar. Rum cocktails and spirit drinks have captivating stories, beliefs, and histories attached to the islands they come from. In this seminar, we will dive into the past and ritual of rum drinks on various Caribbean islands, so next time you mix up a batch of cocktails, you’ll have a collection of stories to go along with them.
The Misconception of Spanish-Styled Rum, 9-9:45 pm
There’s a misconception of what and how a Spanish-styled rum must be made and its taste profile. During this seminar, attendees will be able to learn and understand that rums can be different in different Spanish-speaking countries. Three experts will explain and show how rum varies per country.
The RumLab team produces the Puerto Rico Rum Festival, Taste of Rum, Miami Rum Congress, California, New York, LA Rum Fest, San Francisco Rum Fest, and the Chicago Rum Festival.
Hotel: TheRumLab.com has partnered with nearby hotels, The Proper Hotel & The Freehand LA, to give attendees exclusive discounts for The LA Rum Fest weekend. See the Rum Fest website for discount details.
L.A. Rumfest offers the opportunity to attend the Grand Tasting and seminar events.
EVENT: Los Angeles Rum Festival 2023
By The Rum Lab Marketers, LLC
DATE: Friday, September 8 · 4 – 9 pm
LOCATION: Majestic Ballroom Downtown L.A.
650 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA