Established in 2006 by Ian Burrell the U.K RumFest has been a pioneer in elevating the popularity, awareness, and quality of rum in England. Created in 2007 by Federico Hernandez, the US RumLab promotes rum as a lifestyle and educates consumers and spirit industry members. Now the organizations are collaborating to present the first Miami Rum Congress taking place February 8-9, 2019.

Miami Rum Congress founders Ian Burrell and Federico Hernandez have over 25 years of combined expertise in the international rum industry and have brought industry experts together for rum festivals and seminars in London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Juan.

The boutique style event will showcase a handful of brands that emphasise on the education and premiumization of the rum category.  The rum congress will be at the Shane Center (6500 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141)

The USA is considered one of the most important countries for the entire rum industry. Before the American Revolution, rum was the most consumed spirit, and now an awakening is occurring.

Our team is the producers of the Puerto Rico Rum Festival “Taste of Rum”, California, New York and Chicago Rum Festival. All events are attracting hundreds of people from trade, rum aficionados, tourists & locals.

The Miami Rum Congress will be divided in two days.
1. Friday, Sept 8th – Rum education program design to elevate the knowledge of rum aficionados & industry professionals.
2. Saturday, Sept 9th – Rum Tasting event and rum seminars

Please see agenda and ticket options per day.


What to expect: This will be a series of 5 Symposiums one after the other starting at 1 pm until 7:30 pm.
Present seminar (Schedule TBA) | Welcome cocktail from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

  1. How the rum market has changed since the 90’s when there were only 7 rums in the biggest store in the US by Ed Hamilton

  2. How Rum is actually made: An in-depth discussion about real production techniques from large and small-scale producers / Moderator: Bailey Pryor  | Speakers” Richard Seale, Ian Burrell, Roberto Serralles.

  3. Behind the Green Curtain: What Everyone Should Know About Sustainable Rum Production by Josh Miller  

  4. TBA

  5. TBA

Early Bird: $60.00
Week of event $80.00




What to expect: Saturday offers the opportunity to attend the Grand Tasting events and a series of seminars. Three independent sessions are taking on Saturday. Below we will describe each session based on times and market.

SESSION #1 – The Spirit Industry Session consists of a 1.5-hour program (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm) offering industry professionals the opportunity to:

  • Network with the brand representative

  • Taste premium rums

  • Attend brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  • Mingle with industry colleagues  

Early Bird: $35.00 (Limited quantity)
Week of the event: $45.00 (Limited amount)
Note: Only For members of the trade (bar, restaurant & retail sale of beer/spirits) and beverage media.

SESSION #2 –  VIP Grand Tasting Session consists of a 5-hour program (2:30pm – 7:30pm) offering the attendees the opportunity to:

  • 2 Hour early admission

  • VIP Exclusive tasting cup from Glencairn

  • Taste premium rums

  • Access to 2 VIP Seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)  

  • Attend other brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  • Complimentary bar snacks

Early Bird: $75.00 (Limited quantity)
Week of the event: $90.00
Duo Pass: $130.00

SESSION #3: General Admission Tasting Session consists of a 3-hour program (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) offering the attendees the opportunity to:

  • 3oz souvenir cup

  • Taste premium rums

  • Attend brand seminars (RSVP only as space is limited. More details soon)

  • Complimentary bar snacks

Early Bird: $60.00 (Limited quantity)
Week of the event: $80.00 (Limited amount if any available)
Duo Pass: $110.00




Other events: Please visit the website for more information.  


NO PETS | NO REFUNDS | ALL SALES FINAL | Management reserves right of admission.

Tickets: After completing your purchase on Eventbrite, you will receive an email confirmation with your attached PDF ticket(s).  You MUST print and bring your PDF tickets AND VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION to be admitted for the event.

Ticket Transfer Policy: You may gain entry to the event even if your name is not on your ticket ONLY so long as the barcode is scannable. Miami Rum Congress &/or its associates is not responsible if ticket(s) cannot be scanned and the order is under a different name than the person presenting the ticket.

Ticket Reminder: To ensure your satisfaction, Miami Rum Congress &/or its associates cannot guarantee tickets purchased from unauthorised third party resellers (individuals or brokers).

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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes, a Legal ID. Must be 21 Years or over to attend.  

I am part of the Trade, and I am buying a Trade Session ticket. Can I stay for other sessions?
No.  Each session requires its corresponding individual ticket.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Best option: Lyft

For parking option:
There are public parking space near the venue. (Be responsible, don’t drink & drive.)

Dress code requirements?
It’s late springl, so please come relaxed yet ready to go to another venue afterwards if you so choose.

Which session should I attend?
Either session will be great and fun for any type of beverage enthusiast! We can gladly help with further questions, contact us.