Key West is always a frolicking good time; what’s not to love when your days are spent swimming, snorkeling, and fishing, and your nights trolling the bars and other oddities of Duval Street — all without driving anywhere? Again this year, Key West is kicking the party up a notch with the Fifth Annual Key West Bacchanalia Festival that showcases the world’s best chefs and spirits producers. We are excited to be part of Bacchanalia and bring our fourth generation Rhum Barbancourt, perfected in Haiti in 1862, and our new rum cocktail recipes perfect for summer nights.
The party is scheduled for the weekend of June 13 through the 15, and promises to live up to its historical name. Bacchanalia was the Roman Festival of Bacchus, celebrated with music, dancing, and revelry. In Key West, the addition of rum spirits like Rhum Barbancourt only adds to the merriment!
On Friday, June 13 at the Pier House on Duval, James Beard Award winner Chef Norman Van Aken will kick off the festivities by preparing tapas for the crowd. While noshing on conch salad, artichoke fritters with aioli, mollette picadillo sandwiches, braised pork tacos, and key lime pie, come say hello and have a cocktail presented by a mixologist from Miami’s ABC Bartending School.
On Saturday June 14, from 3pm-7pm, the Grand Tasting Village erupts with flavor at Rick’s Entertainment Complex for Burger Wars and unlimited cocktails! This is the perfect opportunity to try one of our most popular cocktails, the Coco Pango, made with our Pango Rhum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, a splash or orange juice, and a sprinkle of nutmeg to top it off.
On Sunday June 15, head over to the legendary Hog’s Breath Saloon for the Bulldog BBQ party hosted by Bravo TV’s Top Chef star, Howie (aka the Bulldog) Kleinberg. With sizzling beef BBQ, hot island music, and an open bar of amazing rum cocktails, it will be a delight for all your senses. Rhum Barbancourt will be there, mixing up awesome cocktails like our Haitian Hot Damn, Green Crush, and Island Cooler. Come party with us and help pick the best burger on the island.
Can’t wait to see you in Key West!