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Culinary Festivals

Tales of the Cocktail
July 18-23, 2017

Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail

Every year, Tales of the Cocktail brings together the most respected talents in mixology for six days of special events throughout the city. With a jam-packed schedule of seminars, tastings, and special events, there’s something for every spirits enthusiast at this world-renowned festival of cocktails, cuisine, and culture.


Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail has become the world’s premier cocktail festival. With over 200 annual events for bartenders and spirits professionals, this week-long festival is the place to create and exchange ideas and techniques in the cocktail world. While offering opportunities to learn new skills within the events offered, the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society invests proceeds from the festival back into the spirits industry.


This year, you can enjoy six full days of seminars, tastings, networking events, and more! Developed for any and all spirits enthusiasts and professionals, Tales of the Cocktail gets the whole city involved for week-long special events, including the following:

Tales Restaurant Week
Monday, July 17 - Monday, July 24

Enjoy special price-fixed tasting menus at over ten New Orleans restaurants to sample the best cuisine the city has to offer.

New Orleans Cocktail Tour
Tuesday, July 18 - Saturday, July 22

Explore the cocktail history of New Orleans throughout the French Quarter guided by the legendary Joe Gendusa. Start your hour off at Le Booze and continue to some of the most famous bars and restaurants around the neighborhood.

Dynamic Duos
Tuesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 23

A group of the world’s most renowned bartenders will pick up shifts at New Orleans bars with local bartenders.

The Spirited Dinner Series
Thursday, July 20

Local New Orleans restaurants will open their doors to cocktail lovers to experience unique dinner and drink pairings.

And so many more! There are hundreds of events happening throughout the week. To help you organize your schedule, the event website allows you to browse through all the events and set your own itinerary.


Be sure to check out the array of speakers throughout the week. A few of the festival’s expert speakers include:

  • Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco LLC
  • Adrian Biggs of Bacardi USA
  • Jeff Berry one of the Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities”
  • Jane Bowie of Marker’s Mark
  • James Chase of Chase Distillery
  • Charlene Dawes of Tasting Group Limited

...and many more!


Seminars will cover every topic imaginable in the cocktail world. Whether you’re a bartender, business owner, or cocktail-fanatic, broaden your horizons at these Tales of the Cocktail events.

Some of the seminars to be featured include:

  • Piping Hot- The World’s Favorite Hot Drinks
  • 8 Flavors: The Untold Story of Mixology
  • A Journey Into the World of Vintage Spirits
  • How To Be Good At Drinking
  • The Last Great Whiskey: Picking Your Own Barrel
  • Drinking Around the Garden

...and many more!

11th Annual Spirited Awards

On Saturday, July 22nd, the Spirited Awards will recognize the best bars, bartenders, and cocktail experts from around the world. A carefully selected panel of 110 judges will represent every region of the world and facet of the business will select the Spirited Awards recipients.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world through education and outreach. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number of events including Tales of the Cocktail, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour and Tales of the Toddy, with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through educational programs, scholarships, training programs, and financial aid.


Tickets for Tales of the Cocktail 2017 can be purchased here. All tickets are sold individually so attendees can build their own schedule.

For the full schedule and more details on Tales of the Cocktail, visit

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