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Head to One of America’s Leading Craft Cocktail Festivals

Travelers would be hard pressed to find a destination with more attractions and better weather than San Diego, California. The city is a foodie’s paradise with just about every type of cuisine. Visitors will love unique restaurants such as Carnita’s Snack Shack, Dao Fu, and Herringbone. Whether you're surfing and sunbathing on one of the many pristine beaches or playing the day away at Legoland, San Diego is perfect for your next vacation.  


The San Diego Spirits Festival has been one of the leading cocktail festivals in America for nearly a decade, and it will take place August 26-27 at the Port Pavilion Broadway Pier. The event is an annual showcase of craft cocktails, premium liquors, and local culture, and it offers something for everyone from industry insiders to casual cocktail consumers. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample a variety of mixed drinks and spirits from some of the nation's leading producers. Attendees will also have the chance to listen to seminars by accomplished industry professionals to learn about new products, drinks, and trends. A bartender competition will highlight the skills of some of the Bay Area's top mixologists, and the spirits competition will determine the event’s top spirits. We got the chance to interview Liz Edwards, Founder and Director of the event, to learn more about this libation-themed spectacular.


RAL: How long has the event been running?

LE: This is the ninth year of the San Diego Spirits Festival.


RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?

LE: We attract over 4,000 attendees each year.


RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?

LE: The event is 21+, and we see a lot of groups, couples, and singles.


RAL: What makes this event unique?

LE: This is the largest cocktail festival on the West Coast.


RAL: Take me through a day at the event...what can I expect as an attendee?

LE: Attendees get to sample premium cocktails, play interactive games, and listen to seminars. We also have an after party and fashion show this year.


RAL: Are there any lodging specials that are set up specifically for the event?

LE: We have negotiated rates with Marriott Suites and Embassy Suites. Both of these properties are located across from the Pavilion: SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront for 189.00 USD per night and Wyndham Bayfront San Diego Bayfront for $159 USD per night.


RAL: What does this event mean to the community?

LE: The festival attracts people from all over the world. They spend money at a variety of local businesses, hotels, and attractions.


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

LE: The San Diego Spirits Festival is a great value, guests can explore different spirit brands, learn about mixology, and see some thrilling entertainment. The ticket price is all inclusive.


For more information about the San Diego Spirits Festival, please visit the event website.

Photography Credit: Chris Brake Photography