ASHEVILLE COCKTAIL WEEK
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Asheville Cocktail Week is a celebration of the art of mixology and craft spirits, combining the best talent and trends the industry has to offer. Presented by Asheville Fest and partnering with Spirit Savvy
• May 1-8, 2016 Best Bloody Mary Contest (Full Week) (supported by Cathead Vodka)
Numerous Asheville Bars will be serving their very best bloody mary to claim the title of Asheville Cocktail Week “Best Bloody Mary”, all culminating end of week for final results. See the list of bars, try their special Bloody Mary and vote!
• May 4, 2016 Cocktail Theatre Featuring Rob Floyd at The Historic S&W Cafeteria With Effen Vodka
The week kicks off ON May 4th at 7:30 PM with Cocktail Theatre featuring “Molecular Mixologist” Rob Floyd. Recently recognized as one of the top mixologists in the world by Savory and Luxe Magazine, Rob has been featured in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, Times of London, People Maxim, Huffington Post and Esquire. Rob’s traveling troupe will entertain the crowd while serving creative concoctions. There are 2 seating selections. Prime Seating gives you a table up close to Rob Floyd and all the action! General Seating still provides a great location in the balcony. Food, Spirits and entertainment included in the ticket price. Supporting spirits include Effen Vodka, Cruzan (Light, Dark and Blackstrap), Hornitos (Plata, Repo. Black Barrel), Maker's Family, Beam Single Barrel, Auchentoshan American Oak, Laphroaig, Canadian Club Family, Knob Creek Family, Basil Hayden, Beam Apple, and the Courvoisier Family. *Join us for the afterparty at MG Road. Get the opportunity to get one on one time with Rob and enjoy a cocktail with his crew.
The renowned mixologist, chef and author will join us with his cocktail-themed books to share his lifetime of secrets and stories at 6:00 PM. Enjoy a meal prepared by the Award winning chef John Fleer and his renowned restaurant Rhubarb, for an intimate, yet lively gathering of food, spirits and fun. Supporting spirits include Effen Vodka, Cruzan (Light, Dark and Blackstrap), Hornitos (Plata, Repo. Black Barrel), Maker's Family, Beam Single Barrel, Auchentoshan American Oak, Laphroaig, Canadian Club Family, Knob Creek Family, Basil Hayden, Beam Apple, and the Courvoisier Family.
• May 5, 2016 Cinco de Mayo Crawl with Hornitos
Celebrate in true Cinco de Mayo style at Sovereign Remedy, The Imperial Life, and Southern Kitchen & Bar with tequila tastings and an after-hours fiesta nibbles. Starting at 8:00 PM enjoy a specialty craft cocktail derived from the nights theme as you continue on into a Cinco de Mayo bar-crawl to enjoy unique preparations using various tequilas. Of course no tequila tasting would be complete without an exclusive after-party to round out the evening.
• May 5, 2016 Cinco de Mayo After-Party
Starting around 10:30, join us for an exclusive after-party to round out the evening at Buxton Hall on the famous "south slope" in Asheville. Access to the after party at Buxton Hall not included in ticket price. This event is open to the public!
• May 6, 2016 Book signing with Warren Bobrow at Malaprop’s
Asheville’s own Malaprop's Bookstore will host a reading and signing at 5:30 PM on May 6th with this well-known cocktail author. Bobrow, known as the “Cocktail Whisperer” among being a notable writer featured in Saveur and many other publications, is the author of three books: Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today (2013), Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks (2014) and Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs (2015). http://cocktailwhisperer.com
• May 6, 2016 Southeastern Distilling Expo at the Historic S&W Cafeteria
Simply the largest gathering of Southeastern Distilleries in one location. This invite - only industry expo for owners, managers and bar tenders is from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and gets product front and center of the people who are purchasing and using the spirits. Distilleries can share the details of their products and showcase their company, while the industry representatives get to sample, see possible uses and develop homegrown relationships with their products roots. Industry luminaries will provide additional value for bar staff with classes and instruction on shrubs, bitters, batching and more. Industry only: Please RSVP HERE
• May 6, 2016 Asheville Wine and Food Festival ELIXIR bar competition at the historic S&W Cafeteria
In its fourth year, ELIXIR promises to bring yet another exciting evening of collaboration between the distilleries and local bar talent. Open to the public from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, this event provides tastings, food and a fun environment for the public to get in front of bartenders and distilleries while they demo and provide sample drinks in a structured, competition-style forum. It’s a great way to support your local favorites and well as discovery new talent! Check out the exceptional pricing - only $35!
• May 7, 2016 Hangover Brunch at The Imperial Life with Cathead Vodka Bloody Mary Bar
The best cure for days of celebration with libation is a Bloody Mary Brunch at The Imperial Life, downtown Asheville. Keep the week moving forward with this mid-day boost from 10:30 - 12:00 or from 12:00 - 1:30 with Cathead Vodka showing us how the Bloody Mary is done right.
• May 7, 2016 Asheville Cocktail Tours guided by Eating Asheville
This long time established Asheville food tour group has stepped up to the challenge of leading patrons for an immersive, knowledge- based bar hop. Offering a specially designed tour starting at 2:15 at MG Road to suit your cocktail style, will provide variety at its best. Reserve your spot through their ticketing system at eatingasheville.com.
Who says you can’t throw a party in a recycled shipping container? Smoky Park Supper Club is the largest shipping container restaurant in the U.S. and has the perfect riverfront expansive lawn to boot. Showing full Southern roots, party-goers will imbibe in the “Derby-style” mint juleps front row derby viewing, and more. Celebrate from 5:00 to 7:30 for the best minutes in horse racing excitement. Big hats encouraged.
• May 7, 2016 Old Fashioned Nightcap with Knob Creek at the Social Lounge on the Rooftop
The perfect way to round off a Saturday evening from 8:30 - 10:30 with a lovely nightcap at one of Asheville’s favorite feel good bars. A mixture of soul and grunge, relax with specially prepared nightcap amongst friends.
• May 8, 2016 Best Bloody Mary Contest Results
Ballots will be tallied so that the very best can be named, tasted and celebrated by all.