TheRumLab.com will celebrate the 5th Annual Chicago Rum Festival (Previously the Midwest Rum Fest) on Saturday, April 27 at Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N Kedzie Blvd) in Chicago with more than 50 rum expressions poured.
Guest speakers include:
Richard Seale – “Lessons in Rum” - Fourth Generation Master Distiller, Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Bailey Pryor – “A Real Conversation About Rum: everything a true rum lover should know”- 5 times Emmy Award winning documentary film producer and CEO of The Real McCoy Rum.
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry - “Brigands, Barons & Beachcombers: The Many Faces of Planter’s Punch” - One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century” and one of The Daily Meal’s “60 Coolest People in Food & Drink,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine dubbed “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” Esquire calls him “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” and Food & Wine “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” while Las Vegas magazine cites him as “one of the world’s leading mixologists.” Jeff’s been profiled in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast magazine, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Florida Sun-Sentinel; he’s also been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Every Day with Rachael Ray, as well as on PBS Television, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living Radio and Radio Margaritaville.
Zan Kong - “Jamican Rum” - Over the course of the next 10 years, Kong has worked through various departments (Food and Beverage, Front Office, Guest Relations etc.) in different operations in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Florida. Which brought him to his current role as Export Sales Manager for Worthy Park Estate.
David Cid - “Taking a closer look at Rum” - David is focused on translating the science, art, and complex history of rum into educational sessions for consumers, journalists, and bartenders that range from rum tastings to in-depth discussions on the production of rum. He also puts his skills to use by training in the sensory analysis of rum, and serving as a point of reference for media. He has been featured on Univision, Fusion TV, CNN Radio, amongst other media outlets. He has consulted on the development and launch of various rums including the Single Cane Estate Collection and the Facundo Rum Collection.
The event is divided in two sessions from 1:00pm - 7:00pm.
The Spirit Industry Session consists of a 1.5-hour program (1:00-2:30 pm) offering industry professionals the opportunity to: network with brand representatives, attend training seminars, taste a wide variety of rums, and mingle with industry colleagues. Complimentary snacks and water will be available at each session. 2oz souvenir snifter cup included. Early Bird: $35.00 / Week of event: $45.00.
General Admission “GRAND TASTING” Session – consists of a 3-hour program (4:00-7:00 pm) offering attendees the opportunity to taste .25oz pours of neat rum, and attend educational brand seminars. Complimentary snacks and water will be available at each session. 2oz souvenir snifter cup included. Early Bird: $60.00 / Week of event: $80.00.
VIP Grand Educational and Tasting Session consist of a 4-hour program (3:00-7:00 pm) offering attendees the opportunity to taste .25oz pours of neat rum, attend educational brand seminars, attend the event one hour in advance, and a VIP Souvenir Glass. Complimentary snacks and water will be available at each session. 2oz souvenir snifter cup included. Early Bird: $70.00 / Week of event: $90.00.