Manchester Rum Festival is back with debuts from a barrel load of new rum brands

The sixth annual festival of all things dark n stormy will be bigger than ever for 2023

By Manchester's Finest | 18 April 2023

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Manchester Rum Festival is back for summer 2023 and has announced an impressive line up of rums from around the world.

Taking place on World Rum Day 8 July (so it would be rude not to get involved) at Mercure Hotel in Piccadilly, the sixth annual festival will feature debuts from rum brands from all over the globe which festival attendees will get to try before anyone else.

Takamaka is one of a whole load of international rums making their debut. Image: Manchester Rum Festival

Debut brands appearing at Manchester Rum Festival include: 

Rhum JM – an historic rum from Martinique in the Caribbean with a sustainable approach focusing on biodiversity and the preservation of nature.

Takamaka – the first ever rum from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

970 – an award-winning rum from Madeiran wine producer J. Faria & Filhos. The producer’s rum brand Engenhos do Norte is named after the sugar mills of Porto da Cruz on the north coast of Madeira and the “white gold” they produced.

Tristão Vaz Teixeira – another rum from Portugal named for a Portuguese navigator.

Outlier Distillery – Hoolie Manx rum comes from a craft distillery on the Isle of Man that recently featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Ron Piet – Born in Panama, raised in Hamburg. This rum goes through an elaborate aging process, matured in bourbon barrels.

Tilambic – Named after a brandy still, this super high-strength overproof pot-distilled molasses rum comes from Mauritius and is aged for up to seven years in oak barrels .

Eminente – A Cuban rum which is aged for 7 years in white oak barrels, giving a complex but lighter style of rum.

Paranubes – an unaged rum from the mountainous Oaxaca region in Mexico grown without pesticides or fertilisers.

Manchester Rum Festival gives visitors the opportunity to try and buy rum. Image: Manchester Rum Festival

If you’ve not been the Manchester Rum Festival before, your ticket gives you the chance to taste all of the brands and you will be able to buy the ones you like. There will also be music and food from local indies and brands from further afield as well as a Monin cocktail bar shaking up rum punch, mojitos, daiquiris and more.

Manchester Rum Festival founder, and ‘rum legend’ Dave Marsland, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the incredible line-up of world-class rum brands taking part in this year’s festival and it is shaping up to be the best yet, attracting more and more brands from all over the planet – including some surprising destinations that are starting to make their mark in rum.

“Rum lovers can expect samples galore, DJ sets and Caribbean food from Nyammin’, which always gets the tastebuds tingling. It really is a great day out and has cemented itself as a brilliant annual diary date for rum fans from Manchester and beyond.”

Manchester Rum Festival

Saturday 8 July, 12-7pm

Mercure hotel Piccadilly Gardens

Tickets £25