With over 30 years in the entertainment business and a vast knowledge of how to get the job done it almost seemed just as another event.
However, The Tropical Rum Fest has been an idea at which we have made come to life.
We have worked with numerous organizations for events held yearly in South Florida such as: The Bob Marley Festival - Miami, The Jerk and Caribbean Festivals - Fort Lauderdale, the Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival, The Orlando Jerk Festival - Full-a-Vybez, Unifest - Fort Lauderdale, Sting - Miami, Miami Carnival Girl Power Bacchanal in de Park, the Miami Caribbean Festivals and many more concerts and festivals held yearly in Florida .
We have one goal and that is to do our jobs at the best of our ability. Tropical Rum Festival will be one that we will be most proud of. So we ask you to come and join us in our celebration for a memorable and successful event now and for many more years to come.
Sugar-cane has been harvested in the Caribbean for four centuries.
Sugar cane was first introduced to the Caribbean in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. But it wasn't until the decadent era of Louis XIV that Europe developed a real sweet tooth. That fueled sugar production in the Caribbean - and an ugly slave trade to support it. But it also created massive amounts of a sweet, sticky by-product of sugar - molasses - which was distilled into rum. At the time the Declaration of Independence was signed, there were about 150 distilleries making rum from Caribbean molasses in the New England colonies.
It all seems a long way from the rough sugar cane fields of the Caribbean.
Rum is a distilled spirit made from sugar cane - sugar cane juice, sugar cane molasses, or any other part of the sugar cane plant.
Most rum is made from molasses. Joe Gomez showed us where the yeast does its job - fermenting these giant 50,000-gallon vats of molasses. Once the mixture ferments for about a day, it's refined, heated and separated into giant stills. Finally, the rum is aged, at least a year, in white oak barrels.