The fascinating thing about liquor is that five people can take the same basic ingredients, use the same basic process, and create five completely different results. Rum is a perfect example of this complexity. A Venezuelan rum is different from a Puerto Rican, and a rum distilled in the city of Arecibo varies from one in Mayagüez.
More importantly, when done well, rum is a delicious, rich elixir with depths and nuances that craft spirits lovers both expect and appreciate. It's more than a pirate's anthem and a writer's muse. Appreciating rum is appreciating quality, not quantity, and true aficionados develop a relationship with the distillers that exemplify and share their passion.
On April 14th, the Chicago Rum Festival invites rum aficionados and trade professionals to try rums from over 20 producers, network with brands and distillers, and attend seminars to learn about this storied spirit. With a trade session, a Grand Tasting, and a VIP Grand Tasting, they've got something for every rum-lover in Chicago.
The day begins at 12:30pm with the Spirit Industry Session, a one-and-a-half hour program which provides trade professionals with access to brand representatives, distributors, and importers. From 3:30pm to 5:30pm the Chicago Rum Festival opens up to the public with the Grand Tasting Session. Attendees to this three hour event will receive one signature cup and will be invited to:
- Explore new rums in the tasting room
- Attend brand and distiller seminars
- View mixology demos
Tickets for this session are $70, but fans of The Local Tourist get 30% off! Just click this link and make sure that code "LocalTourist" has been applied and your ticket will be just $49. Bring a friend and the two of you can go for $73.50.
You can also enter to win a pair of tickets to Chicago Rum Festival! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. You can also get bonus entries by liking us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and following/posting to Twitter.
The contest is open until 11:59pm CST on April 2, 2018. Enter today, and don't miss out on this chance to try rich and savory rums, listen to great music, mingle with hundreds of other rum fans, and more!
Chicago Rum Festival takes place at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N Kedzie Blvd., on April 14, 2018.