Tickets on Sale Now for the First Annual Chandler Craft Spirits Festival
Expect spirits to run high this April when UP Agency, the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and local distributors and spirit companies join forces to present the first-ever Chandler Craft Spirits Festival. This is a celebration of craft distilleries doing big things for the spirits world.
From 5 pm – 10 pm Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Dr. AJ Park in Chandler (3 South Arizona Ave.), 21+ fans of Arizona’s burgeoning booze scene will mix, mingle and taste a variety of handcrafted spirits. From bourbons to beer cocktails, there is something for everyone.
The buzz is growing fast for this first-time event, where liquor will take center stage amidst the music of a live local DJ and a variety of booze-worthy events like a bartender cocktail competition and a cigar and whiskey lounge. Those wanting to take it up a notch will be able to purchase VIP tickets where high end spirits run high.
While the bulk of walk-around tasting events in and around town involve food, wine and beer, event organizers decided the time has come to mix things up with a special celebration of the state’s explosive cocktail culture and all the camaraderie, companionship and community-building that comes with it.
“We’re shaking things up – pun intended – with this event in an effort to let folks know that there are a bevy of beverage options beyond beer and wine out there,” said Jennifer Lindley, of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. “This event is a great opportunity for consumers and purveyors alike to interact, educate and celebrate the unique spirit culture of our state.”
Tickets are on sale now. General Admission passes are $35 and include 15 tasting tickets, and VIP passes are available for $75, and include 15 tastings of higher-end liquors and foods, plus access to a special lounge area. Samples include a 1 oz pour of a variety of different spirits, plus samples of beer and specialty craft cocktails. Food and treats will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors.
“There aren’t too many occasions where industry insiders and avid fans of Arizona’s beer, wine and booze culture can sample such a vast selection of spirits in one place,” said Lindley. “Whether you’re a spirit lover on the hunt for new mixers or a supplier seeking a new way to showcase a particular product, this festival offers a variety of fun sampling and networking options until the last drop runs dry.”