We're just back from the third annual Festival Rum Bahamas - a three day immersion in Bahamian food, culture and rum - and all we can say is...WOW!!!
This year's festival delivered the diverse selection of Bahamian, Caribbean and international rums; unique and informative presentations on rum-relevant topics and mouth-watering plates of traditional and rum-inspired foods we had come to expect from previous years.
But it didn't stop there.
For 2016, Festival Rum Bahamas truly raised the bar (pun intended). The activities were bolder (like zip-lining across the top of the historic fort), entertainment was even more spectacular (including performances by several Bahamian music icons) and crowd turn-out was the largest yet.
For Festival Rum Bahamas, three times certainly proved to be a charm!
Rum, Glorious Rum!
No matter how you prefer your rum - aged, light, gold, dark, traditional, agricole, overproof, single barrel, English-style, Spanish-style, spiced, flavored or even mixed into a cocktail - you were sure to find something to please your pallate among over thirty Bahamian, Caribbean and international rum brands featured at Festival Rum Bahamas.
One of Several Culinary Presentations from Chef Ron Johnson at the Sugarcane Kitchen
Festival Rum Bahamas was so much more than just a rum event. Guests experienced Bahamian culture through food and culture as well.
Foodies feasted on traditional Bahamian dishes and modern spinoffs inspired by and infused with rum including gourmet preparations by Chef Ron Johnson and Chef Geoffrey Blythe.
Pirate enthusiasts laughed and danced with pirates in the streets and gasped with excitement as they witnessed vivid reenactments.
Dance and music lovers were treated to the infectious sounds of soca, junkanoo, steel drum, kompa, reggae and rake and scrape. Bahamian music legends like Ronny Butler, The Ancient Man and Funky D along with modern groups like Visage captivated audiences for hours.
Bahamian dancers took to the stage and Emanji circus performers took to the crowds where they engaged onlookers in their banter and impromptu performances.