October 25, 2021

Rum Fest set to turn five as it takes over Leeds Corn Exchange once again

The final details for Leeds Rum Festival have been revealed as they look to celebrate their fifth birthday in style on 9th October at Leeds Corn Exchange. 

The Festival is proud to have headline sponsors as Diplomatico Rum, Hailing from Venezuela, Diplomatico Rums result from a unique production style, which combines Hispanic, American and British distillation techniques. The Duppy Share, In the Caribbean, rum-loving spirits called Duppies swoop between the island distilleries stealing the best of rum as it’s ageing in old oak barrels. They only steal the very best of the rum, which is shared at the most epic parties. They call the rum they steal…The Duppy Share! Latitude Wine & Spirits, longtime friends of the festival and incredible indie wine and liquor merchant. The London Essence Co. range of exquisite mixers is crafted from distilled botanicals, to deliver the purest flavour. A company reborn in 2016 and today inspired by the original company from 1896, the company has an extensive range of tonics, gingers and soda. 

What to expect? 

Tickets are £30, which not only includes entry to the festival, but also covers access to over 70 different expressions of Rum with some brands showcasing special releases which have never been seen in Leeds. You also get access to workshops and some excellent entertainment. There’ll be a whole host of food vendors to keep you going, plus a top quality cocktail bar in action to continue your rum education. 

Food is being brought to you by Honest Supper Club, cooking up the most refined taste-tingling world curries and all plant based foods. OWT will be staying open in Leeds Corn Exchange with an amazing ever-changing menu inspired by French cafe culture.

The festival are working alongside Black Music Festival who are providing the entertainment for the evening. Caribbean Breeze will be playing the Steel Pans throughout the night, with Team Creative Troupe bringing amazing performances to the Corn Exchange. Will Graney DJing throughout the night. 

The Masterclasses on the night are free but will be a first come, first served basis. Speciality Brands delves into the misconceptions around ‘white rums’ showcasing their versatility and backgrounds. Expect big flavours and some great myth busting. Whilst Black Tot will be doing a  blended Rum session. 

Lee Jones, Creative Director Rolling Social Events, said: “After the success of our digital rum festivals, we’re incredibly excited to be back at our home in the Corn Exchange for what will be our fifth birthday. This event will be the perfect chance to welcome back old friends and embrace some new ones. We’ve got a whole host of exciting brands lined up, and we’re excited to be announcing some of the headliners today. Our main sponsors are The Duppy Share, Diplomatico and The London Essence, and they’ll be joined by Hampden Estate, Nusa Cana and loads more to come!”

About Rolling Social

Rolling Social is a Leeds-based events company owned by Sam Fish and Bruce Lerman, co-founders of Leeds Rum Festival and Leeds Gin Fair.

Sam Fish, Director Rolling Social Events, said:“Following our first two successful in-person events in the last month with Tequila Patron and Hendricks Gin, we’re proud to have made the shift back to physical events. The Tetley hosted those for us, and it was so nice to see people together in real life again. Rum Fest is our biggest event yet, and we absolutely cannot wait to be in the Corn Exchange again. We’ve got a great programme of entertainment and food plans set to unfold while guests get to sample a stellar line up of rums – it’s the perfect way to spend an autumn Saturday night.”


To grab your ticket, head to https://rollingsocialevents.com/events/. Please note these events are strictly over 18s-only. 

Rolling Social presents: Rum Fest 2021

Corn Exchange Leeds

9th October

19:30 – 23:00 

£30 (+ BF)