The annual celebration of cane spirits and global gathering of rum experts in South Florida — Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo — returns to the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center for the weekend of April 22-23, 2017 from 1 to 6pm.

Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo

Miami Rum Fest returns for a two-day Grand Tasting Event on the weekend of April 22-23.

Presenting hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean region and beyond, it’s the ninth year that the world’s largest rum theme event has chosen Miami as it’s central location.

As the name implies, this two-day Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo is both a consumer-focused Grand Tasting event, and an opportunity for rum producers, importers, distributors and other professionals in the spirits trade to convene for a look into the future of rum.

Highlights of the 2017 Miami Rum Fest include the new American Rum Portfolio section, featuring the work of many fine rum producers from across the USA; the VIP Tasting Bar, offering samples of rare, limited edition and vintage rums from private collections; a host of celebrity seminars by noted authors and rum experts; and the annual RumXP (International Rum Expert Panel) blind tasting competitions. An additional set of savvy rum collectors make up the Consumer Rum Jury, evaluating and awarding top prizes from the discerning consumer’s point of view.

During the week preceding the big rum tasting event, Miami Rum Fest Cocktail Week offers a number of special events to celebrate rum culture and to present new product launches. On Wednesday evening, it’s a gathering at the world-famous Mai Kai Polynesian bar and restaurant. On Thursday evening, Rum Java launches at the Langford Hotel’s Pawnbroker Bar. On Friday Evening, a gathering at Circa 39’s Wunderbar celebrates rum cocktails. On Saturday evening, a big VIP bash at the DoubleTree Hotel celebrates the launch of Yolo Rum Clear.

The Miami Rum Fest web site features long lists of participating brands and bottles to be sampled, as well as complete information about the events surrounding the rum festival weekend.

In order to limit attendance to the Grand Tasting events on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, tickets are available for sale in advance online, starting at $75 per day, or $125 for a two day VIP pass.

For more information, visit the Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo web site at