After New Years, you are looking on the horizon for that next great holiday to lift your spirits and remind yourself that the warmer weather is on the way. You look at your calendar and think about that void from New Years until the spring and ponder, how do I fill it? Well, what if we told you there’s an event that you can’t miss, whether you come solo, with friends, or your significant other? Do you like to drink craft spirits & wine and eat gourmet food? Do you have a sense of adventure? Are you open to trying new things? For three days in February, people from across the nation converge on Las Vegas to celebrate their love of cocktails at Las Vegas’ cocktail festival ‘For The Love Of Cocktails’.
For The Love Of Cocktails is an immersive celebration of all things mixology and spirits related. The festival, which is entering its third year, will offer three days of unique cocktail experiences for the novice cocktail enthusiast, all the way up to professional mixologists. The first two For The Love Of Cocktails events brought over 2,000 people to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to experience a gourmet wine and spirits dinner pairing, educational seminars, and a soiree dubbed ‘The Grand Gala’, a cocktail party like no other.
This year we’ve expanded the For The Love Of Cocktails events to three unique destinations in Las Vegas. The event truly will be a city-wide festival. In addition to returning to Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and Delano Las Vegas, we have added an event that showcases the cocktail culture of Downtown Las Vegas. You can explore over eight of the top mixology bars in Downtown Las Vegas and even sample a unique craft cocktail on each stop of our Mixology Bar Crawl.
As fun and exciting as the bar crawl is, we knew we had to up the ante on this year’s festival, so we’ve also added the first ever Cocktail Food Truck Wars. This event brings together the excitement of reality tv cooking competition with the best minds of mixology. Cheer on and vote for your favorite cocktail and food pairing as some of Las Vegas’ up-and-coming mixologists battle at food trucks outside of Gold Spike for your vote. While only one mixologist will win the coveted war, your palate and stomach will be the true victor.
Last year we introduced the Meet The Masters Wine Dinner. The event took place at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole Restaurant, where acclaimed mixologists Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim and Francesco LaFranconi created masterful libations to welcome guests. After enjoying the welcome cocktail reception, guests were ushered into a private dining room to be served a one-of-a-kind five course meal, with each course being paired with rare and vintage wines from the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates portfolio. Leading the dinner and wine pairing were a team of three Master Sommeliers, who educated the dinner guests on each course’s wine selection and what their inspiration was behind the pairing. After the dinner guests were treated to an elegant sampling of rare Louis Xiii Cognac.
This year we are taking the same concept and creating a fresh new experience at a new venue. The Cromwell Hotel & Casino will host the Meet The Masters of Wine & Mixology Dinner. Prior to the dinner, guests will be treated to cocktails at The Cromwell’s Bound Bar, with cocktails made by acclaimed mixologists Salvatore Calabrese, Tony Abou-Ganim and Francesco LaFranconi. After sipping away on the tasty spirits, guests will be ushered upstairs to celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ only restaurant, Giada. Guests will enjoy a unique five course wine pairing dinner with traditional Italian dishes from the Giada kitchen. After the dinner ends, the night will continue. Guests will have the opportunity purchase a ticket and enjoy a high-end nightcap spirit aboard the tallest observation wheel in the world, The High Roller.
Capping off the three-day ode to cocktails is the Grand Gala. This year’s Grand Gala will be held at the brand new Skyfall Lounge and RIVEA Las Vegas Restaurant. Both venues are connected to each other and rest atop Delano Las Vegas. The moment you walk into the Grand Gala you will be treated to unique cocktails prepared by the nation’s top mixologists. Each mixologist will have their own cocktail station which will feature a unique cocktail creation made from a featured liquor brand. The Grand Gala is an event you can bring your valentine to, your friends, or if you are feeling adventurous come alone! You can mix and mingle with 1,000 other cocktail enthusiasts, while enjoying gourmet food from the kitchen of award winning chef Alain Ducasse. You will enjoy all of this while listening to live entertainment and taking in stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip.
After hearing about these amazing experiences you have to be asking yourself, where you can get a ticket and how much does it cost. All the answers you seek can be found by clicking here. Make your plans with us February 10th-12th, it will be a festival like no other, don’t miss out!