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Rum and Reggae Festival date in Kent for 2019

By Angela Cole

A festival dedicated to rum and reggae is set to make its debut in Kent this summer.

The Rum & Reggae Festival will come to the Kent Event Centre at Detling, Maidstone, on Saturday, June 8.

The festival will feature a wide selection of rum and the smoothest selection of reggae music, with guests being taken on a rum journey around the world, hosted by the Reggae Sound System.

Rum and Reggae festival will have rums from all around the world
Rum and Reggae festival will have rums from all around the world

They will be able to taste rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, South America, Australia, the Philippines, Mauritius and other locations and the evening will include carnival dancers, cocktail demonstrations and Caribbean food.

On entry, visitors will be handed a Rum Atlas - a pocket-sized guide detailing the hand-picked rums on offer, from ged rums to young blends.

They include the award-winning La Hechicera that’s aged up to 21 years, the best-selling high proof rum Wray & Nephew, which is particularly popular in Jamaica, the first release from Scotland’s Dark Matter Distillers and Pineapple Rum - a tribute to Reverend Stiggins whose favourite drink was the “pineapple rum” in the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.

Festival goers can order their favourite Rum of the Day to be posted to them after the event has finished.

The Rum and Reggae Festival is bringing a carnival atmosphere to Kent
The Rum and Reggae Festival is bringing a carnival atmosphere to Kent

The festival also features a rum cocktail bar with cocktail demonstrations plus a new bar offering Jamaica’s very own Red Stripe beer.

Music will come from the Global reggae Band, as well as another headliner and tour DJ, plus there will be choreographed dancers showing off their Caribbean carnival moves.

There will also be traditional Caribbean food stalls, and tasty treats cooked up by the Pirates From The Caribbean Kitchen chefs.

For tickets to the festival at the Kent Event Centre at Detling on Saturday, June 8, which start from £14.50 plus a booking fee, visit rumandreggaefestival.com.

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