Leeds Leads: Rum Festival Returns

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Halloween ghosts and ghouls aren’t the only spirits out in force this October, says Zoë Perrett – a well-loved festival is returning to Leeds to celebrate all things rum

If you’re unlucky enough to be navigating your way through central Leeds on a night when the city’s freshers are out, ahem, ‘refreshing’ themselves, you’d be forgiven for thinking the old British Naval allocation of a pint of rum per person per day was still in full force.

But that particular group of drunken sailors have yet to become discerning drinkers, more readily seduced by 2-4-1 Jagerbombs than aged expressions and rare vintages – leaving the myriad delights of the forthcoming Leeds Rum Festival to those of us who take our spirits seriously.

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Returning to The Corn Exchange on 27 October, the festival’s third edition promises to be a rum old do indeed: a single-night spectacular made up of masterclasses, music, and enough of the headline tipple to elicit the sentiment ‘it’s a pirate’s life for me’ from all in attendance.

Hosting this year’s Leeds Rum Festival is a trio of the city’s best bartenders, comprised of  Mojo’s Samantha Fish and Hedonist Project’s Bruce Lerman and Dan Crowther – the latter of whom also moonlights as Maverick Drinks’ brand ambassador.

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So how are they raising the bar this time around? Well, for starters, with 100 rum expressions to sample and a series of expert-led masterclasses hosted by Diplomatico’s brand ambassador Jon Lister. Then there’s a load of live entertainment – including a brand-new Desert Island Disco where, if you’re so inclined, you can shake a tailfeather in a manner more suited to the Caribbean than the Corn Exchange.

And, while rum’s the headline act, the festival will feature a strong supporting cast of whiskies, mescals, tequilas, beers, cocktails and Prosecco – rendering the Leeds Rum Festival the most spirited occasion you’ll attend all year. 

Make it happen

Where: The Corn Exchange, Leeds LS1 7BR
Find out more: The Leeds Rum festival takes place from 7pm on Saturday 27 October. For details and to book tickets, click here

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