It's a Rum Old Do: Day Three of The 24 Blogs of Christmas

And lots of other ideas from lovely Leeds indies

Give the gift of Rum! Along with a great night out.

Tickets are now on sale for Leeds Rum Festival 2019. This will be LRF’s fourth outing and it just gets better.

Friends will know that I have worked on this for the last two years and that its co-founder is my sister-in-law (the wondrous Samantha Fish)so of course I want to help promote it, but I don’t have to say it’s great.

It’s great.

***For the price of the ticket you get over 100 rum samples all free***.

I could stop there, but there’s loads more worth knowing about.

All the Rum Reps are great to talk to, highly knowledgeable, and excited to share their wares which makes it more than just a slurp-fest.

Each year the Festival hosts Masterclasses with fascinating people; talks, tasters, guides, and demos that in the past have included visits from rum plantation owners, a multi-sensory journey in discovering the joys of Rum (*warning to my Stepdad* don’t eat the sand. He did.), a Make Your Own Spiced Rum Class and many more.

In 2018 the fabulous Dr Kate Lister of Whores of Yore gave her talk Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash which told us all about Rum’s links with Port Royal – once called ‘the wickedest city in the world’- and introduced us to women like No-Conscience Nan and Buttock-de-Clink Jenny who amassed huge fortunes supplying pirates with sex, rum and scandal.

It went down a storm.

So to speak.

Hot Caribbean tunes provide a soundscape backdrop; The Rum Shack – a cash bar – is on hand to supply your favourite rum cocktails as well as beer, cider and Prosecco and there are food stalls to help you soak it all up. This year’s food offerings were both local independents – the deelish Little Bao Boy and a vegan Berlin doner stall rather fabulously named Doner Summer who really did feel (the) love.

And then there’s Captain Jack Sparrow. He invites himself every year whether the organisers want him or not, and people love him. This year I came home with his business card.

All this is wrapped up in the beautiful surroundings of Leeds Corn Exchange, a central heritage landmark of the city and itself a glorious celebration of all things independent.

For me Leeds Rum Festival is a pretty grown up affair with a rather tipsy finish.

So if you’re up for it, it’s on Saturday September 21st for one night only.

Tickets are on sale now at £15 plus booking fee – they go up in increments as each batch sells, so there is no better time to buy than now.

Thinking it’s a bit far away for a Christmas Gift? Why not buy them a bottle of rum to go with?

There’s another mighty Leeds independent on hand to advise and supply – check out Latitude Wine & Liquor Merchant online or pop in when next in town – it’s under the arches on Cherry Tree Walk (just off The Calls).

Or here’s another idea (I’m full of ‘em), you could order Black Ribbon Cakes’ Rum-filled Christmas cake as mentioned in yesterday’s blog.

Mmmmm. Rummy Rum Rum.



Purchase tickets for Leeds Rum Fest here:


I don’t know if Dr Kate Lister is at this next Fest but you can find out more about her, and book her for talks and events, here:


More about Latitude Wine & Liquor Merchant here


Check out Shelley’s amazing Rum-filled Christmas cakes on Instagram @blackribboncakes


More about Doner Summer here

And Little Bao Boy here


All images by Anete Lusina Photography

More about her here


 More about Leeds Corn Exchange and its boutiques here

Faye DawsonComment