There's plenty to do this week.
The largest cocktail convention in the world runs all this week in New Orleans, and though it often caters to the pros within the industry, the public can get involved too. With more than 300 Tales of the Cocktail events happening around the city, there is no shortage of things to do.
Here are some of the highlights of the week's festivities.
Orders of $150 of more on seminar tickets or special event tickets automatically qualifies you for a tasting room wristband. This wristband gives you access to all the tasting rooms where you are allowed to sample the various spirits that are being presented.
Spirited Dinner Series
This event offers pairings of cocktails with dinner at participating restaurants throughout the New Orleans area Thursday night. Participants include: Morton’s Steakhouse, Arnaud’s, Lula Restaurant Distillery, Trinity, Palace Cafe, Maypop, Ruth’s Chris, Calcasieu, Pigeon and Prince, Cafe Henri, Boucherie, Cellar Door, Doris Metropolitan, Vessel, Compere Lapin, Restaurant August, Hotel Mazarin, Seaworthy, Napoleon House, Windsor Court Hotel, Casa Borrega, Le Petite Grocery, Marigny Opera House, Borgne, Tomas Bistro, Sac-a-Lait, Mariza and Cafe Giovanni. Dinner prices vary.
The 11th Annual Spirited Awards
Bars, bartenders, distillers, ambassadors and writers from around the world have a chance to win an award for being best in the business. The dinner and award show takes place Saturday night. Ticket prices range from $250 to $300. The theme is celestial so futuristic attire is encouraged.
With all the eating and drinking happening over the next seven days, it’s going to be hard to stay healthy. Many local gyms and specialty fitness centers are offering discounts to Tales of the Cocktails participants. There is also a pilates class on Thursday morning and a kickboxing class on Friday morning along the Riverfront at Woldenberg Park. You must register for these classes ahead of time.