By Niki D’Andrea
“Time flies when you’re having rum,” at least according to renowned rum connoisseur Eric Voskamp.
Phoenicians can test that hypothesis on Saturday, May 12, when The Breadfruit & Rum Bar brings the first Rum Festival to downtown Phoenix. The rum-centric event features samples of several top rum brands, live reggae music and food. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
“We’re shutting down Piece Street and throwing a party for the neighborhood that has sustained us over the years,” said Dwayne Allen, co-owner of Breadfruit & Rum Bar, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. “This is our way of giving back and saying thank you.”
Festivalgoers will have the chance to try a variety of high-end rums, including Appleton Estate (Jamaica), Don Q Rum (Puerto Rico), Don Pancho (Panama), Prichard’s Rum (Tennessee), Rhum Clement (Martinique) and more. Rum stations will be manned by expert representatives. “This will be an educational experience for our guests that is intended to raise the profile of rum,” Allen said. “If people come away with a better appreciation of rum while supporting Phoenix Center for the Arts, our job is done.”
The festival also includes a Rum Bar (watch for a commandeered pirate ship!), which will be serving rum punch, and live music from local reggae band Rastafarmers.
The Rum Festival takes place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, along Pierce Street near Breadfruit & Rum Bar, 108 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix. Tickets cost $45 for regular admission (VIP tickets are sold out). To purchase tickets, visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/PR/3404198.