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Siesta Key Rum Tasting & Dinner

Siesta Key Rum Tasting & Dinner

Tampa Bay
Saturday, October 15, 2016 -
11:30am to 4:30pm
Sarasota
Florida

By Pat Watson:  What better way to spend a fall afternoon than with friends and fellow members. This month’s event led 48 members through a scary industrial park (in keeping with Halloween) to reach their destination. The jewel of this industrial park is the Siesta Key Rum Factory (not on Siesta Key).  Upon arrival everyone was greeted with samples of different rums. It was difficult to pick the best,since all were delicious. It was great to see such a terrific turnout, but more heart-warming was to watch everyone enjoying each other’s company. Lots of hugs, laughs, and conversations were going on prior to the tour.  The factory tour began at 2:00 PM; the group was fortunate to have the owner, Troy Roberts, as tour director.Some people are blessed with the gift of gab and Troy is one of them. He told stories while including the facts about making rum. He had us all laughing, clapping, and cheering. While we didn’t receive the rum recipes at the end of the tour, we were definitely entertained and learned a few things about making rum. For those who missed the event, Siesta Key Rum has received several accolades for having the best spiced rum on the market. They create small batches of coconut (Yum), spice (Yum, Yum), silver, and gold, along with specialty batches. They use all natural ingredients, instead of artificial sweeteners or flavors (syrups). As an example many, many, many pounds of real toasted coconut go into the coconut rum. The rums can be purchased at the factory or Total Wine, Norman’s Liquor, ABC, and other local places (Check online). After a tiny torrential rain (no umbrellas or ark to be found!), the group headed to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar (not on Anna Maria).The restaurant graciously accommodated us in a separate dining area. Anna Maria Oyster always has scrumptious specials and great happy hour prices on drinks. Food and drinks were fabulous and the wait staff was prompt and friendly. We want to thank Ed and Carolyn Jarotz for taking reservations and following up with the factory and restaurant. If you couldn’t attend, we missed you and hope to see you at future events. Photos by Dave Hutchinson