Hosting the largest licensed outdoor patio, the Bacardi Festival Libre will celebrate Cuban-inspired music, dance, cuisine and art. It takes place this weekend for 3 days starting today at Toronto’s Distillery District spanning Trinity Street, Tank House Lane, Case Goods Lane, Distillery Lane and Gristmill Lane.


“The Festival Libre concept is interactive, fun and offers the community a new sense of culture. As Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination we, at Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, felt this was a perfect fit. We invite the community to experience new ideas, new foods, and new ways of living,” said Mathew Rosenblatt, Partner, The Distillery Historic District.

Here are the highlights of Festival Libre:

Food & Beverage

  • The history of rum and its distilling process
  • Tastings of a variety of Bacardi rums and cocktails
  • The history of the Cuba Libre – and why it is much more than just a rum and Coke
  • Food and Rum pairing – take journey through various rums and why they pair so well with certain foods
  • Cuban inspired treats


  • Evaristo
  • Henry Flow
  • Roberto Linares and The Havana Norte Band
  • RS Divas
  • Samba Heat
  • Starving Yet Full

Art & Vendors

  • Julio Ferrer
  • Salt Matters
  • Heels & Bowties
  • Frank Correnti Cigars Ltd.
  • 1LoveTO

Festival Libre takes place during the following hours
Friday, June 4th, 2014 2 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, June 5th 2014 11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, June 6th 2014 11 am to 5 pm

Regional Festival Libre events are also coming up for Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal.

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Here are just a few of my photos from last night’s preview of Festival Libre at The Distillery’s Archeo


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