I bang on about it on loads of other threads so maybe it's time to be completely self indulgent and give it a sugary slot of its own.
I wholly recommend the UK RumFest at Earls Court (The Ibis Hotel).
It's fifty quid a ticket but is cracking value I reckon.
About 50 stalls, 400 different rums. Bottles under 80 odd quid included in the price for tasters. You get a glass and drink as much as you want.
If you want to try some of the exclusive (up to £1000 per bottle) rums then you can buy golden vouchers (5-15 quid).
Knowledgeable staff, friendly atmosphere, DJ's, cocktails. What's not to like? None of the stalls sell directly. Try what ever you like. Take photos. Buy at shop at the end. Good prices.
Here are my faves:
This the Venezuelan selection. The Diplomatico is my goto rum. Too sweet for some but I reckon it takes some beating. The Roble is a less sweet, tasty alternative. Diplomatico exc. res. approx £35.
Shack: heavily spiced rum based on a Haitian recipe but blended from a few different carribean rums. This was yummy. No bumpf on the stall. Just a really friendly, cool couple. Nice rum but I reckon it's a few quid over priced at £45 per bottle.
Jaguar: a Costa Rican rum. We tried the cask proof which was pretty good. Nice with an ice cube but nothing to write home about.