The Rum Lab introduces the inaugural California Rum Festival on September 12th, 2015 at the Terra Gallery. California is one of the key states in the spirit industry alongside Florida, New York, Illinois and Texas—specially when it comes to rums. As an international event produced in the tourist mecca destination, known for its sophisticated mixologist scene, the inaugural CaliforniaRumFest.com is arguably set to become a leading world-top class event in the West Coast.
The rum festival is divided in two sessions. The 1st session, which is scheduled from 2:30-4:30pm will be primarily Spirit Industry Session—focused on industry professionals like: bartenders, bar managers, distributors, brand ambassadors, F&B managers, etc The 2nd session, will be for the general public and rum aficionados. Attendees will be able to enjoy some of the world’s best national & international rums such as Plantation Rums, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Ron Barcelo, Miami Rum Club, Koloa Rum to name a few. In addition, guests will be able to attend seminars with renown guest speakers, like the “Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell and Master Flair-Mixologist Dean Serneel—already lined up for one of the sessions.
The Rum Lab and Reál Ingredients are in conversation to possibly host a Rum Mixo Competition, which may attract bartenders from the West Coast, as well as Hawaii.
Terra Gallery is located .6 miles from the BART station in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOME) district in Rincon Hill—this one day event celebrates the cultural, ritual and historical legacy of the world’s best national & international rums.
The event is organized by Federico J. Hernández a rum veteran and founder of TheRumLab, who also produces the (1) midwestrumfest in Louisville, Kentucky attracting rum aficionados from states like Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois; and (2) the Puerto Rico national rum festival titled, “tasteofrums ” primarily presented/sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
Below are photos from the California Rum Festival 2015