FAQs

When is the Edmonton Rum Festival?
Friday, October 13, 2017 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where is the Edmonton Rum Festival held?
Delta Edmonton South – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 5C2

How much do tickets to Rum Festival cost?
Regular admission tickets $85.
Be sure to keep your ticket page! Visit Vines Wine Merchants by the end of November 2017 and use your ticket page to receive 10% off any bottle of rum!

How do I order Rum tickets?
To purchase Edmonton Rum Festival tickets online, click here or call the MS Society at 780 463 1190. Tickets will be available for purchase as of August 1, 2017.

What do I get for the price of a regular admission ticket?
You’ll receive a commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, gourmet appetizers throughout the evening and, of course, over 75 rums to sample! Plus, you’ll have the chance to enter to win a bottle of rum a month for a year, and a chance to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items.

Do you sell tickets at the door?
We do sell tickets at the door, if any are remaining. We strongly advise that you order your tickets in advance.

Should I have a game plan?
Absolutely! Take a minute to study your program and decide which rums of the 75 being shown you have to try. You can only seriously taste and analyze a few before palate fatigue sets in. The key to surviving any event involving alcoholic spirits is not to over indulge, practice quality over quantity. You can help yourself by drinking lots of water during the tasting and having a solid meal before the event

Should I wear perfume / after-shave?
One of the joys of any spirit event is nosing in the glass to identify the subtle and delicate aromas. These delicate aromas can be overwhelmed by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. Please refrain from wearing any scent for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Is there parking at the hotel?
The hotel does have free parking available. However, we encourage the use of public transportation and cabs.

Can I get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?
Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $135. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

What should I wear to the Edmonton Rum Festival?
Most commonly, business or business casual attire.

Do I need to bring a glass with me?
There’s no need to bring a glass with you. A Glencairn crystal commemorative nosing glass will be provided to you as you enter. It’s yours to use for the evening, and to take home with you.

What if I lose my nosing glass?
If you lose your nosing glass, we’ll have wine glasses available in the Grand ballroom. Sorry, we cannot replace any lost or broken nosing glasses.

There’s a rum on the list that I want to be sure to try. How can I find out which booth is pouring it?
The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent / importer responsible for that distillery. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of an agent / importer.

Do I need purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rum I want to try?
Through the purchase of your General Admission ticket, you will receive 30 sampling tickets. For each sample that you take, you will give the vendor one sampling ticket. If you go through all 30 sampling tickets, you can purchase more at the rate of 1 ticket for $2.75 (as per AGLC regulations).

How can I get the most up-to-date information about the event?
Check back from time to time on this web site or call 780-463-1190.

Should I keep my ticket page?
Absolutely! Bring your page into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of November 2017 to receive 10% off any bottle of rum.

Is there a coat check available?
There is a coat check available by donation to the MS Society.

May I bring my briefcase with me?
Backpacks, briefcases, tote bags, or any other such items, are not permitted inside of Rum Fest. You will be asked to leave them at the coat check.

Will there be food available?
A gourmet buffet is provided throughout the evening, and we encourage you to eat from time to time.

When I discover a new rum that I love at Rum Fest, can I buy a bottle of it right there?
Rum Festival is a tasting event only. Order forms will be available at each table for the rum(s) that agent is presenting. Customers can fill them in there and then with their name and phone number and Vines Wines will order them for you the following week. Please note: your ticket stub (when presented at Vines Wines before the end of November 2017) entitles you to a 10% discount or $10 off (whichever is better) your whisky purchase.

I have a suggestion on how to improve the event. Who do I contact?
You may contact the event manager, Steve Richmond by emailing info@vineswinemerchants.com