At the beginning of each year, I always set up my calendar to remind myself of London's biggest and best events that I would not allow myself to miss, whether it is storms from the Nordic Gods or Kim Kardashian wanting to cook me dinner. These events shall never be missed. For the past 3 years, Rumfest has always been on my list as one of the 'must go' events of the year, next to Notting Hill Carnival and London Cocktail Week. Every year it seems to get bigger and better.
This year how everything felt a little different to me. It seemed more spacious and felt like there were less of a choice of fine Rums to dwell over in the non-exclusive parts. The views were still as stunning as ever, with most of the rum stalls grabbing my attention with the loud shirts being worn by the vibrant personalities of the mixologists, authentic looking tropical huts and a sophisticated array of aged Rums neatly lined up to perfection. I noticed there were more food stalls this year spanning from different cultures which include African and the Caribbean. I did take a liking to the moist taste of the Calypso Rum Cake. Never have a I had a cake with a flawless measure of softness, taste and ambition to please my sense with greatness. It had me in a state of awe after the first cake. It did not wear off after the third either (It was that good). One of the big differences I noticed was that most if not all the cocktails had to be purchased. Whereas last year, I remember the procedure to sample a delicious cocktail from the various rum stalls, we had to hand in a token, then voila, twisted sensation smothering the taste buds of your tongue.