Rum is Invading the Bahamas Again

Festival RumBahamas is gearing up to once again bring the public a rum festival like no other. There will be food, there will be dancing, there will be music, and that might even be a little rum there as well. Who knows, a Junkanoo parade might just appear out of no where like it did last year. Nassau’s Festival RumBahamas is more than just a rum event, it’s a Bahamian cultural experience.

The event takes place in the  historic Fort Charlotte which overlooks Nassau Harbour, and I have to say it’s one of the coolest features of the event. There’s nothing like sipping rums from all over the world while you sit in a dungeon or gaze down the barrel of a cannon that points out towards the blue Bahamian water. You’ll see cruise ships come and go, but your imagination will travel back in time to when the harbor was full of tall ships of the Royal Navy and the fort protected the island from pirates. Having a rum festival in a place like this…it just doesn’t get any better.

Festival RumBahamas will have a rum competition, judged by some of the best minds in the business. You’ll be able to talk to the judges whom will give you a break down on the different varieties of rums, not just from the Caribbean but from all over the world. Oh yes, the judges will have samples ready and waiting for you.

Festival Rum Bahamas

Rum judges educating and giving samples.

The festival is a lot more than rum though, it’s an all encompassing cultural experience. You’ll be able to sample amazing local food, listen to great music on multiple stages, and you might even see a demonstration of the how the soldiers once marched around the fort.


Besides being one of the judges last year, I’d have to say might favorite highlight of the event was the food. Vendors are located all around the fort serving up anything and everything. If you needed to find me, I was usually at the jerk chicken, conch salad, or Tortuga Rum Cake booths.

Festival RumBahamas

Mango Eddie, the Jerk Chicken guy, and myself.


Tortuga Rum Cakes

The great Tortuga Rum Cake ladies!

So who wants to go?!

When, Where, Tickets

This years Festival RumBahamas takes place Friday February 27 to Sunday March 1, 2015. It will happen at Fort Charlotte in Nassau, Bahamas. Tickets are $25 for a single day pass and $60 for a 3-day pass. You can buy advanced tickets here.

2015 RumBahamas

It’s cold in most of the United States, so if you’re looking for an escape to the warm weather there’s nothing better than a rum festival in the Bahamas!

I hope to see you there!



By |2016-12-31T11:58:22+00:00January 7th, 2015|Nassau & Paradise Island, Rum|4 Comments

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  1. Angelica @BkChickTravels January 7, 2015 at 11:07 am

    That is going to be one crazy party! I’ll be in San Fran unfortunately that weekend but need to come down for another Caribbean partay.

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    RumShopRyan January 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Hi Angelica! You will be missed but there’s always another party in the Caribbean. Cheers!

  3. Steph January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Can you suggest a few places to stay close to the festival?

  4. RumShopRyan January 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Steph, I think I emailed you about this, but anywhere on Cable Beach or downtown would be close. The British Colonial Hilton is close as are all the resorts on Cable Beach. Hope to see you there!

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