Festivals/Events (Food & Spirits)


Cocktails, great food, master mixologists, master wine sommelier, sun and fun!! For The Love Of Cocktails has it all! Now in their 3rd year, the three day event returns to Las Vegas on February 10-12, 2016.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

6 to 7:30 p.m.:   Meet The Masters Of Mixology will be held at Bound, the sophisticated lobby bar inside The Cromwell Hotel & Casino. This energetic cocktail reception will feature a selection of specialty cocktails by Salvatore Calabrese, Abou-Ganim, Francesco Lafranconi and other skilled mixologists. “Meet The Masters Of Mixology” provides guests with an intimate environment to mix and mingle with fellow cocktail enthusiasts and mixology masters while enjoying a unique cocktail experience that embodies the spirit of Las Vegas.

7:30 to 10 p.m.:  Meet The Masters Of Wine will be held at Giada inside The Cromwell Hotel & Casino. Guests will enjoy a five-star, five-course meal with selections by world-renowned chef Giada De Laurentiis, paired with rare, fine wines carefully selected from the internationally recognized Antinori family Italian portfolio by master Chateau Ste. Michelle sommelier Rob Bigelow.

Thursday, Feb. 11

5 p.m. to 2 a.m.:   The first ever “For The Love Of Cocktails” Downtown Bar Crawl will celebrate the rapidly expanding cocktail culture in Downtown Las Vegas. Each participating bar will feature its own branded cocktail experience with various DJs, live bands, specialty cocktails and other surprises. A complete list of participating locations will be posted on the “For The Love of Cocktails” website, and tentatively includes Downtown Container Park, Bin 702, Oak & Ivy, Gold Spike, Carson Kitchen, Glutton, Therapy, Downtown Cocktail Room, La Comida, Inspire Theatre, Tokyo 365, Silver Dollar, Velveteen Rabbit, Park on Fremont, Commonwealth, Atomic Liquor, Griffin and Herbs & Rye.

10 p.m.:   USBG Cocktail Truck Wars will be held in Vegas’ flourishing downtown neighborhood. This late-night cocktail showdown will include eight top USBG mixologists paired with eight popular Las Vegas food trucks to create eight unforgettable food and drink pairings, ultimately competing for the grand title. Participating chefs include Justin Kingsley, instructor at Art Institute; Josh Clark, chef and owner of The Goodwich; Mike Minor, chef and owner of Truck-U BBQ; Gina Marinelli; Christian Guzman, chef and owner of Dragon Grille Food Truck; and Daniel Krohmer, chef and owner of Other Mama. The USBG Cocktail Truck Wars will be the last stop on the evening’s Downtown Bar Crawl, and will award a grand prize to the winning truck and mixologist duo. Tickets to the Downtown Bar Crawl and USBG Cocktail Truck Wars will be available at a rate of $50 per person. All tickets include one cocktail at each participating location.

Friday, Feb. 12

Noon to 5 p.m.:  Brand Micro-Experiences and Seminars will give attendees the opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally recognized brand ambassadors, distillers, celebrity mixologists and more.  Seminars will include mixology tips and trucks, spirits conversation and hands-on opportunities.

5 to 11 p.m.:   Featuring more than two dozen handcrafted cocktails by world-renowned mixologists including Abou-Ganim and Lafranconi, the Grand Gala at Skyfall Lounge will kick off with a happy hour reception sponsored by Bacardi at Franklin inside Delano Las Vegas. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow cocktail enthusiasts before the main event. VIP guests may proceed to Alain Ducasse’s Skyfall Lounge, located on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas, to enter the Grand Gala beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will have exclusive access to all cocktails, additional gourmet appetizers and entrées and meet-and-greet opportunities with world-renowned mixologists and chefs. Regular ticketholders will have the opportunity to enter the grand gala beginning at 7:30 p.m., and will have access to more than 25 original cocktails, cuisine prepared by the Rivea team and top-tier entertainment and surprises throughout the evening. All-inclusive tickets to the brand micro-experiences, seminars and grand gala will be priced at $150.

All tickets & more information are available on the “For The Love Of Cocktails” website.  CLICK HERE

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