Liquid Living Magazine

International Cane Spirits Festival® and Tasting Competition

From Ybor City to New York City to Park City.

Ybor City, Tampa Florida

Announcing a most unique concept, the US's first International Cane Spirits Festival® and Tasting Competition, Wednesday March 22 through Saturday March 25, 2006

Ybor City is one of only three National Historic Landmark Districts in the State of Florida. Cobblestone streets between cigar factory buildings, coffee shops and restaurants dating from the mid 19th century make up this charming and legendary town. Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City became "the cigar capital of the world" and now attracts large numbers of visitors to the wide variety of shops, restaurants, clubs, and galleries.

For three days beginning Wednesday March 22 and ending Friday March 24, visitors will be issued a 'passport' to tour the Rum Trail, consisting of restaurants and other venues 'transformed' into cane spirits producing countries. Savor rums, rhums and cachacas while learning about each country's heritage & culture.

On Saturday March 25, RumFest will take place from 2PM-6PM. Here is an opportunity to taste dozens of extraordinary cane spirits in one setting. The Rum Ball will take place that evening, to celebrate the Festival in true Ybor City fashion, at a festive Gala, and, we'll be announcing the winners of the cocktail contest, in search of the 'Ybor Cocktail'. Both the RumFest and the Rum Ball take place at 1410 N. 21st Street, former home to the Lozano Cigar Factory, now home to the Lions Eye Institute.

New York City

RumFestNY took place on Monday night, November 14 at LQ in mid-town Manhattan's East Side. Photos and results from the event will be available soon on the Polished Palate website. To view the list of cane spirits tasted at the event, and, to view all of the cocktail entries submitted for the Cocktail Challenge, visit Ministry of Rum.

Thanks to our participating brands, and, to those who placed bids, the Sky Ranch Foundation benefited by almost $2,000 at our Silent Auction.

The winning cocktail creations are: Rum Category: Adult Film Starr, created by Sam Ross of NYC's elegant and stylish Pegu Club. The cocktail features an exotic combination of Starr African Rum, Licor 43 and a cucumber! Rhum Category: The 1838, created by Bobby 'G' Gleason, of Las Vegas's Rio Casino Resort. The cocktail features Niesson Rhum Agricole Reserve Speciale and Yellow Chartreuse. Cachaca Category: The Moda Martini, created by John Mautone of NYC's premiere steakhouse, Dylan Prime. The cocktail features Beleza Pura Super Premium Cachaca and Cruzan Banana or Raspberry Rum (your preference). Congratulations to the winners and sincere thanks to everyone who submitted entries.

Winning cocktails can be found at Cocktail Times. Gary Regan's coverage of The 1838 cocktail can be found at Cocktails in the Country's San Francisco Chronicle article from December 8, 2005.

Park City, Utah

The Polished Palate presents Moving Pictures Magazine (MPM). In May 2005, Moving Pictures celebrated its Fifteenth Anniversary as a publishing powerhouse in and around film. The Moving Pictures brand began publishing in 1989 at the Cannes Film Festival and Market. It quickly became the most respected international film industry publication through its in-depth news, cutting-edge editorial and daringness to tell it like it is. The Company's motto is "going places other film magazines fear to tread."

Beginning with MPM's's Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah on Sunday evening, January 22 and working in conjunction with the Tribeca and other Film Festivals, Polished Palate participating brands will be featured to this audience. For more information contact us.

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