Rain, hail or shine... rum fest’s on

Iconic rum cel­e­brates 130th year

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MORE than 12,000 peo­ple are ex­pected at to­day’s Spirit of Bund­aberg Fes­ti­val at the Bund­aberg Rum Dis­tillery.

Se­nior brand man­ager at Bund­aberg Rum Dun­can Lit­tler said look­ing back at 130 years of Bund­aberg Rum was def­i­nitely some­thing to cel­e­brate, with both the lo­cal com­mu­nity and out-of-town­ers alike ex­pected to turn up to the event.

“The Spirit of Bund­aberg will be back this year, big­ger and bet­ter than be­fore,” Mr Lit­tler said.

“Last year’s fes­ti­val was voted as the best dis­tillery event at the Dis­tillery Chal­lenge Awards in Lon­don – so we have no doubt our fes­ti­val will con­tinue to raise the bar.

“It’s great to show­case all the great things there are to do in the re­gion, and we are also proud of the fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion this makes to our econ­omy as well.”

Those head­ing to the coun­try’s big­gest food and rum fes­ti­val are in for a treat – with plenty of rum-in­spired drinks and del­i­ca­cies avail­able.

“We’ll be serv­ing up rum-in­spired food and there will be a fan­tas­tic line-up of en­ter­tain­ment, with the Bat­tle of the Sounds bands per­form­ing through the day,” Mr Lit­tler said.

“There will be rum cock­tails served up, in­clud­ing the newly re­leased Bund­aberg Rum Small Batch Spiced, which is go­ing to be re­leased first to the pub­lic at the fes­ti­val on the week­end.”

Mr Lit­tler said to help cel­e­brate the iconic Aus­tralian drink, peo­ple were en­cour­aged to dress up.

“Bund­aberg rum is a bit of an Aus­tralian le­gend, and we feel that there is no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate a le­gend than to dress like one – so we are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come dressed as their favourite Aussie le­gend.”

The Spirit of Bund­aberg Fes­ti­val is open to the pub­lic with free en­try from 10am to 5pm.

Photo: Mike Knott BUN111018RUM2

SPIRIT OF BUND­ABERG: Matt Farthing, Mark Laven­der, Clin­ton Honor and Andy McLu­cas will be per­form­ing at to­day’s fes­ti­val.

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