New event champions rums from Mauritius

mauritius rum festivalRums from the island of Mauritius will be brought together at the first-ever UK outing for the Mauritius Rum Festival next month.

The event, aimed at people in the bar trade and drinks industry, takes place at the Emirates Stadium in London from midday to 6pm on April 3 and 4.

It will feature brands such as Green Island, Pink Pigeon, Tilambic, Chamarel, New Grove, Litchquor, Les Colinieres and Penny Blue plus the Citronella rums from Rhumerie des Mascareignes, which received the Gold Award at Berlin Rumfest in 2013.

It is the festival’s first international outing since its inception in Mauritius in August last year (pictured), organised by Enterprise Mauritius.

Free to the trade, it will feature tasting sessions, pairings, cocktail competitions, special guests and in-depth seminars from global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, who is also the organiser of the UK’s Rumfest every October. The event will also host a product launch that is currently under wraps.

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Mauritius is home to seven rum distilleries, which have seen a growing reputation for high-quality rhums agricoles, or “agricultural rum”, and “Rhum Arrange”, which are both classic recipes on the island.

Exports of rums from Mauritius are constantly growing, with the UK now one of the biggest export markets for Mauritian rum. In partnership with Enterprise Mauritius, Ian Burrell is bringing the event to the UK to raise the Mauritian rum industry “to the next level”.

Over the two days, the event will be running alongside the Mauritius Fashion Fiesta, celebrating and showcasing Mauritius’ vibrant textile and fashion industry. There will be over 30 stalls capturing the essence of Mauritius culture through food, jewellery, apparel and textiles.

The Mauritius Rum Festival will be an annual event with 2015’s destination yet to be announced.

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