San Francisco Cocktail Week, a week-long celebration of the Bay Area’s liquid culture, cocktail heritage, bar talent and industry, has announced its schedule of main events for September 19-25, 2011, plus a special CUESA Farmer’s Market Happy Hour SF Cocktail Week Preview Night on August 24. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which has set a new bar both in its scope of events and its record number of spirit and media partners.
Equal parts soiree and symposium, shaken with a lot of fun and presented by the non-profit Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail (BCCAC), San Francisco Cocktail Week events will be held in venues, bars and restaurants throughout the Bay Area. Additional Main Events, Seminars and Cocktail Dinners will be announced in the coming weeks.
“For our fifth annual celebration we have engaged a broad team of professionals to make our little fête even better,” says H. Joseph Ehrmann, co-founder of San Francisco Cocktail Week and president of the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail. “We’ll promote the talents of the bartenders that have honed their skills and become shining new stars, while we honor the leaders that have gotten us here. An array of venues, bars and restaurants are embracing the energy with grand cocktail parties, dinners, seminars and, of course, the requisite amount of revelry.”
New this year is the Gold Pass, which allows its bearer entry into every San Francisco Cocktail Week Main Event, After Party and Seminar, as well as a Cocktail Dinner and exclusive VIP perks and events. A limited number are available now ($600 through August 31; $700 after Sept. 1). Single tickets, Gold Passes, and additional information are available at www.sfcocktailweek.com. Early bird ticket prices are available through August 31.
Preview Party at the Ferry Building
Produced in partnership with the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), this happy hour, walk-around tasting of farmers market cocktails has been one of the most successful and lasting programs of SF Cocktail Week.
This year the event is also a special Preview Party for many of the seminars, soirees and cocktail dinners slated for mid-September. Attendees will enjoy two full-sized signature drinks crafted with late summer produce (think peaches, plums, pluots, blackberries, heirloom apples and tomatoes, peppers, fennel and more) as well as tasting 14 sample-sized cocktails, while talking with more than 20 of the Bay Area’s best bartenders who are behind the programs and parties of SF Cocktail Week. Small bites are provided from local restaurants.
Guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite drinks, and five names will be selected from the votes to win advance tickets to SF Cocktail Week’s opening night party. Proceeds support CUESA’s Schoolyard to Market program, a youth entrepreneurship project in which students grow produce in local high school gardens and sell it at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.