Besides being a spiced rum, Baron Samedi is also a Haitian spirit and a guardian of the afterlife. And he's no mopey Grim Reaper kind of dude. Rather, he thrives on the creativity and spontaneity that emerges once the sun has set and is known for all things debauchery — with a particular love of rum, cigars and filthy swear words.
On Thursday, June 21, this baron of debauchery is bringing his spiced rum to the well-loved Melbourne container bar Section 8 to mark the winter solstice (the longest night of the year). Baron Samedi's signature vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon-spiced rum will be making its way into a variety of cocktails including a hot buttered rum, a warming mix of spiced rum, brown sugar and homemade spice syrup topped with butter.
The shenanigans at Section 8 will all kick off with an opening party on the 21st, and to really get the vibe going, there will be samba dancers and Afro-beat drummers roaming the venue, as well as light projections. Afro-beat performances by Scatter Scatter Tropical Sound System (featuring members of Public Opinion Afro Orchestra) and Afrik Futurism will provide further entertainment. An artist will also be on-site using ultraviolet paint to create an art installation.
The Baron Samedi pop-up launch event will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 6pm. Entry is free for all.