A lot might be #cancelled this year, but Thirst Boston won’t be one of them. Normally a weekend-long extravaganza featuring all things cocktails, the celebration of New England cocktail culture is on. This year’s festival takes place on Monday, September 14th, and is not only totally virtual, but, for the first time ever, completely complimentary. Far from the dreaded Zoom meeting, attendees can tune in from across the country to enjoy engaging seminars from industry experts and cap it off with a live trivia event for the chance to win cash prizes.
Rum Here and Now: Growth, Success, Stress, and an Unknown Future
Monday, September 14th, 3:30pm – 5pm
You’ve heard the history, you’ve heard the speculation about the future, but this historic moment, today, is what lies between. We’ll explore obsessive tradition, obsessive innovation, and how we got here. Led by The Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, Master Blender of Foursquare Richard Seale, Zan Kong of Worthy Park Estate, Benjamin Mélin-Jones of Spiribam, and Maggie Campbell of Privateer Rum.
Cooking & Cocktails w/ Tequila Patrón & El Centro
Monday, September 14th, 5pm – 6:15pm
Join Stephanie Teslar, cocktail queen and Mixologist from Tequila Patrón, and Oscar Ruiz, chef at El Centro in Boston’s South End, to elevate your at-home Taco and Tequila Game! You’ll learn how to make homemade tortillas–once you make them fresh, you may never go back!–as well as tricks and tips for delicious Tequila cocktails including the Paloma Tonic and the Mexican Sazerac.
Around The Boot: An Italian Road Trip
Monday, September 14th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Dreaming of being transported to the Italian countryside but finding it hard to make it past the couch? Us too! Join Livio Lauro on a virtual Italian vacation with stopovers all around the boot to enjoy the food, culture, and, yes, spirits in each region, while learning about what (or who!) makes them special.
Thirst Boston Cocktail Trivia
Monday, September 14th, 8pm – 9:45pm
Cocktail Trivia will have a little something for everyone, so grab a team of up to 6 people. There’s no need to all be in the same place, as long as you and your teammates can communicate with one another. Everyone will tune-in individually for the trivia presentation, and your team captain will submit answers on everyone’s behalf. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams ($250, $150, $100) with the option to pocket the cash or donate to charity.
While all events are complimentary, attendees have the option to donate $25-$100 to support Thirst Boston staff as well as Off Their Plate which provides an economic lifeline to COVID impacted restaurants and feeds communities in crisis.
For additional information about Thirst Boston, please visit http://www.thirstboston.com/.
ABOUT THIRST BOSTON
After six wildly successful cocktail festivals, the 7th annual Thirst Boston returns September 14th for one day only of virtually accessible events. Hosted by two industry professionals – co-founder Maureen Hautaniemi and OFFSITE’s Nick Korn – Thirst Boston has served up legendary parties alongside more than 30 classes, seminars, and tastings, taught by some of the big names revolutionizing how we drink in New England and beyond. Seminars are offered in varying styles of instruction and accommodate all levels from the home cocktail enthusiast to professional bartender. An undeniably New England-centric extravaganza, Thirst Boston is a reflection of how the city is on the cutting edge of determining how America experiences cocktails. For more information, please visit http://www.thirstboston.com/, follow @ThirstBoston on Twitter, and become a Facebook fan https://www.facebook.com/ThirstBoston.