Rum Festival and Nassau, Bahamas – Day 3
Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie gave a warm welcome to Passionfruit Sista and the Caribbean Soul Trekkers at the first annual Festival Rum Bahamas 2014!
For two days, Nassau had entertained us with beautiful beaches, endless shopping and delicious restaurants but by day three we were ready to immerse ourselves in RUM – Festival Rum Bahamas that is!
The festival wasn’t scheduled to kick off until later that evening so we passed the time at two of Nassau’s treasured landmarks – Ardastra Gardens & Zoo and Da Fish Fry. Separate posts will cover these amazing trek stops in the near future so check back soon!
Before we knew it, the sun had set and it was time for us to join hundreds of rum enthusiasts from near and far as they ascended the hill to Fort Charlotte. The location high above the twinkling lights of Nassau and steeped in its own rich history was perfect for this inaugural event.
A quick check of the sights, sounds and scents confirmed this would be more than just a night to sip rum. It was an event designed to immerse patrons in the influence of rum on Bahamian culture. In addition to the many rum vendors, guests would be treated to rum workshops, local food vendors, local musicians, stilt walkers, artists, Junkanoo bands, Rake n’ Scrape bands and fire dancers. In short, this was going to be something amazing!
Helping to carry out the theme “A Walk Through History”, pirate men and women mingled with the crowds and entertained guests.
The festival spanned all three levels of Fort Charlotte.
The top level featured rum and the sea.
The south side of the main level recreated a street party…
…while the north side featured a stage showcasing amazing Bahamian talent…
…like this lively musician who kept the crowd jumping!
Fort Charlotte’s dungeon was transformed into a museum displaying the history of rum in the Bahamas…
…and was the site of the rum competition held earlier that day. Our good friend Lisette Davis from Rum Boat Retreat represented Plantation Rum and was one of the winners of the blind taste test!
Over twenty rum vendors from the Bahamas, the Caribbean and beyond were featured at Festival Rum Bahamas 2014. Each readily gave inquisitive patrons one on one tutorials about the production and unique characteristics of their rums. But of course, the only way to truly get their points across was to offer either a sample (free) or glass ($5) of said product.
Passionfruit Sista beginning her rum flight at the Clement Rum booth
Vendors also mixed rums in delightful cocktails. Our favorites? Bacardi’s Pineapple Mojito and the festival’s signature cocktail, the Dirty Mule.
Mango Eddie, Rumshop Ryan and Passionfruit Sista enjoying rum punch and Bacardi’s new Pineapple Mojito
The Festival’s signature drink, the Dirty Mule – a concoction made from 5 rums, ginger beer, lime and something special. Simply delicious. Please forward us the recipe if you have it!
With so many food booths, it was hard to choose just one.
Mango Eddie and Rumshop Ryan finally settled on the succulent wings served up by the Kings of Jerk. The owner is the awesome fellow in the center proudly grinning from ear to ear.
A charismatic band closed the first day of Festival Rum Bahamas 2014 with a bang!
With such an amazing opening night, we couldn’t wait for the first the next day of Festival Rum Bahamas! Check back soon for our follow up post.