April 21-27, 2014 – Miami Cocktail Week (Miami) Miami Cocktail Week shines a spotlight on the best of the best cocktail bars and mixologists, offering brilliantly crafted mixed drinks for those that desire to discover these discerning riches. Miami is famous for food and wine festivals, a celebrated lifestyle, its tropical location and world-class amenities. The world comes to Miami to enjoy the good life, relax in style and appreciate the natural beauty of South Florida. Miami adores fine cocktails and exquisite spirits. And Miami has the venues and the talented mixologists to craft these luscious libations. Join us for Miami Cocktail Week in April to be delighted and amazed by world-class cocktails and spirits in the Magic City.
April 22-26, 2014 – Hawaii Cocktail Week (Honolulu) Join us for the 2nd annual Hawaii Cocktail Week, in Honolulu, Hawaii! Hawaii Cocktail Week is a celebration of the cocktail as it’s evolved in the Pacific. Open to both industry and cocktail enthusiasts, we are bringing together talents from around the U.S., Japan, Australia, and beyond for a full week of tastings, pairings, workshops and more! Experience a week of the best drinks & food set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii!
April 25-27, 2014 – Miami Rum Renaissance Festival (Miami) The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is one of the world’s premier international rum events, presenting a unique and exciting celebration of the fine arts of distillation, maturing and blending fine cane spirits. Enjoy a grand two-day exhibition of the best rum brands, the excitement of the Island Lifestyle Showcase, celebrity seminars, workshops and cocktail competitions, the annual RumXP competition and awards, an opportunity to rub shoulders with dignitaries and notable experts, and more.
April 27-29, 2014 – Tales of the Cocktail on Tour (Buenos Aires) Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour returns to Buenos Aires in 2014. This three-day festival will feature the most renowned cocktail experts from South America and around the globe at a series of seminars, events. Join us in South America April 2014 to sample what’s in store at Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour.
April 29, 2014 – BarSmarts Live! Cleveland (OH) During this one day class, you will learn from the BAR, LLC partners and be tested on your knowledge. The morning session includes a discussion on drinks trends with Paul Pacult, a comprehensive blind tasting with Steve Olson and Doug Frost, history and cocktail/punch demos with Dale DeGroff and Dave Wondrich and a discussion on service and hospitality with Andy Seymour. After lunch, testing will take place. You will need to take a written exam and also be tested on your spirits/industry knowledge by making three drinks in front of one judge. As a BarSmarts Wired graduate, you will NOT need to retake the online testing for BarSmarts Advanced in Cleveland. Again, this is a great opportunity to receive our highest certification. If you would like to register for BarSmarts Advanced Cleveland, please send an email to Michael Parker at email@example.com. Participants will need to arrive on Monday, April 28 as the class begins at 8:30 am the next morning. The venue will be communicated at a later date.
May 2-4, 2014 – Rochester Cocktail Revival (Rochester, NY) The Craft Cocktail Movement has come to Western NY in a big way. Backed by many impressive kitchens, the bar menus in our area are blossoming to rival the likes of New York City, London and Berlin. Rochester would like to celebrate and highlight this developing talent and the culture surrounding it. In so doing, bring attention to a handful of spirits brands which are so useful to mixologists and the professionals who employ them so skillfully. In addition, we want to offer educational experiences for both the consumer and the working bartender alike. Rochester Cocktail Revival (RCR) organizers are putting together a program geared towards education, fun and exposure. This will provide brands, taverns and mixologists an opportunity to showcase and develop.
May 6-13, 2014 – World Cocktail Week (Various Locations) World Cocktail Week is a week long fundraiser for the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. The event was established to promote better understanding and appreciation of the art of the cocktail and its history, and responsible drinking. The date commemorates the first definition of the term Cocktail in print in the 1806 edition of The Balance and Columbian Repository. The WCW fundraiser also raises much needed revenue to help pay for museum operating costs throughout the year and for our mixology series.
May 9-10, 2014 – Los Angeles Spirits Expo (LA) The Los Angeles Spirits Expo is a two-day event held at a Movie Studio lot in Downtown Los Angeles. Exhibitors and attendees alike will have the opportunity to meet buyers, bloggers, bartenders, influencers and authors who associate themselves with the craft spirit industry. The expo will host various seminars that will provide new insight, new ideas, time-honored advice and for the novice an opportunity to further fuel their passion to enter the craft spirits industry.
May 9-13, 2014 – The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (NYC) Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With nearly one hundred events spread across five days and four boroughs, and a two-day trade conference to boot – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event”.
May 14-18, 2014 – Kentucky Bourbon Affair (KY) Kentucky has long-held a love affair with Bourbon – a notorious passion unlike any other state or spirit in America. Now, the Commonwealth’s most treasured distilleries are opening their hearts and doors for an intimate, rare celebration – the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. For four days, an elite group of attendees will have the opportunity to mix with world-famous Master Distillers and experience our timeless craft like never before. Blend your own small batch Bourbon… Train your palate with culinary pairings from award-winning chefs… Hang in your favorite distiller’s man cave… tour distilleries never before opened to the public…sample from the very first barrels of hand-crafted brands…hear family histories, and a few tall tales, from the Bourbon barons themselves…and relish a few eccentric surprises that might require you to sign a waiver, but you’ll cherish the memories for a lifetime.
May 15-18, 2014 – Tiki Caliente 6 (Palm Springs, CA) Rory Snyder’s popular Palm Springs party in the desert rolls back around with music, vendors, cocktails, room crawls and more.
May 18-19, 2014 – International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at NRA Show (Chicago) The International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event brings restaurant and hospitality industry buyers together with hundreds of established and emerging labels to connect and uncover ways that beverage alcohol can enhance menus and drive profitability. Join us in Chicago and experience firsthand how a finely tuned bar program can make the difference in your operation. You might just find that new product or pairing that sends check averages soaring.
June 11-15, 2014 – The Hukilau (Fort Lauderdale) Start planning your wardrobes, alert your friends, book your room and plan to attend The Hukilau in 2014, this will be our Final Aloha. Don’t miss this final year of celebration with Tiki Kiliki, her team and cast of amazing entertainers & speakers as we celebrate the continued life of the greatest Polynesian Palace in the World – the Mai-Kai! So please join us for the Big Kahuna – The Hukilau to end all Hukilaus! We are extending the event to 5 glorious days in the sun this year. Each one will bring new experiences and special performances for you!
June 26-29, 2014 – Ohana Luau at the Lake (Lake George, NY) Ohana is the GREATEST, most action filled, fun, value-packed, biggest little event in tiki. It’s a three-day charity event, held at the historical Tiki Resort in idyllic Lake George, NY from June 26th-29th, 2014. So, what should you expect if you decide to join us? FUN, friendship, classic cocktails (mixed RIGHT!), live music, DJs, contests, vendors, auctions, prizes, freebies, food and a live Polynesian show!! And that’s just the start of it!! Lake George itself is a wonderful slice of Americana, trapped in time, with weird roadside attractions, old mom & pop themed motels, and more retro architecture than you can shake a stick at!
July 11-13, 2014 – Tiki Kon: Mysteries of the Deep (Vancouver, WA) The Pacific Northwest’s premiere Polynesian pop extravaganza sets sail for Adventure Isle this July 12-14! Now in its 11th year, Tiki Kon returns for a weekend of exotica, surf and lounge music…plus dance, DJs, vendors, art, vintage fashion, classic cars, prizes, cocktails and adventure. We’re keeping the tiki experience intimate, elegant and romantic.
July 16-20, 2014 – Tales of the Cocktail (NOLA) Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!
August 8-10, 2014 – Hot Rod Hula Hop (Columbus, OH) HRHH always delivers massive feasts and potent, exotic concoctions; the largest amount of Kustom and vintage Hot Rods, scooters and “general badassness” around; the largest and most widest array of vendors present for all your “treasure hunting” desires and an entertainment bill that you can simply not refuse! TIKI! HOT RODS! SCOOTERS! MUSIC! BOOZE! GRUB! BOWLING! SHOPPING! SAND! (Yep, we said SAND!) And ALL KINDS of surprises we can’t even let you IN ON at this point! (Hey, isn’t that the point of a surprise?!)
August 14-17, 2014 – Tiki Oasis (San Diego) Tiki Oasis is a series of events over 4 nights and 3 days. We recommend you purchase a Four Night Weekend Wristband to really appreciate the whole event! Arrive Thursday night for our “Meet & Mingle” at the Bali Hai featuring live music and early registration. You can make your dinner reservations for the restaurant or purchase the buffet downstairs. Friday – Sunday enjoy daytime events at the Crowne Plaza such as dj’s, shopping, symposiums, car show, and drinking cocktails while relaxing in the pool. In the evening enjoy the main stage bands and a midnight burlesque show. Stay for the finale closing party on Sunday featuring top entertainment as well as an early dinner BBQ!
August 23-24, 2014 – San Diego Spirits Festival (CA) San Diego Spirits Festival highlights the cocktail and culinary community and the talented bartenders and chefs who are shaking up San Diego’s vibrant scene. It’s all about Cocktails, Culinary and Culture set on San Diego Bay! San Diego Spirits Festival is all about Lifestyle, make San Diego your Lifestyle Destination and Join us in 2014 for Year 6!! The San Diego Spirits Festival has been designed to celebrate the industry and all that it encompasses ranging from industry advancement, professionalism, education, showcasing product innovation, market launches, entertainment, camaraderie and just good fun. San Diego Spirits Festival brings together people from throughout the country and overseas to participate over the week leading up to the two-day weekend festival where the industry and public can mingle, be entertained, educated and make new friends and contacts. Dozens of new and diverse brands are showcased each year From the novice drinker to the cocktail aficionado, there’s something to please everyone’s palate.
August 24-29, 2014 – Camp Runamok I (Bardstown, KY) Are you a bartender that loves formal classroom experience, fine dining, and planned itineraries? Not at all? Would you rather drink Bulleit Bourbon and concoctions like Frog Piss Punch? Then you’ll probably be right at home at Camp Runamok. Camp Runamok 2013, an adult summer camp for bartenders, will be held September 1-5 for five days of being absolutely ridiculous while learning new skills. There will be bonfires, whole roasted pigs, talent shows, tastings, and trekking about camp in Kentucky with 289 of your new best friends.
September 7-12, 2014 - Camp Runamok II (Bardstown, KY) Are you a bartender that loves formal classroom experience, fine dining, and planned itineraries? Not at all? Would you rather drink Bulleit Bourbon and concoctions like Frog Piss Punch? Then you’ll probably be right at home at Camp Runamok. Camp Runamok 2013, an adult summer camp for bartenders, will be held September 1-5 for five days of being absolutely ridiculous while learning new skills. There will be bonfires, whole roasted pigs, talent shows, tastings, and trekking about camp in Kentucky with 289 of your new best friends.
October 19-24, 2014 – Portland Cocktail Week (OR) Last year, we renewed our commitment to education and redefined the way we, as an industry, look at developing ourselves professionally. You, as a group, proved that the Bar Industry is a serious one-an industry dedicated to sharing ideas and pushing boundaries. And, for that, we are so proud. Because of the incredible outpouring of support and interest in the program, the Bar Institute is back for another semester. So, without further ado, we would like to formally invite you to apply for a spot at the Bar Institute in 2014.