With the numbers now in front of me in my mailbox it seems that i`ve been to the biggest cocktail event in the world, 15000 people in a fairly small area and very much centered to mostly one hotel. No wonder the Monteleone lobby often was so crowded (but oh…the aircon that met me when getting in there after a 20 min walk was heaven) It never took over 5 min before you met at least someone that you knew when entering there.
Everyone i spoke to who was there for the second time or more told me the same thing, the first time you get to the Tales you`ll be completely overwhelmed. And that´s true, you do – its no way you can really prepare yourself for the whirlwind of activites and awesomeness that is the Tales and that also is New Orleans – the heat of july included.
A good thing is – you can choose yourself how much of these activites you´ll attend to – but – your plans will most likely be changed more than once.
And here are some facts and the numbers from the press release that was sent out:
12,000 POUNDS OF KOLD-DRAFT ICE, 13, 884 MINT LEAVES, 11,250 LIMES AND 640 COCKTAIL RECIPES
TALES OF THE COCKTAIL 2009 BY THE NUMBERS
NEW ORLEANS – (August 2009) – Tales of the Cocktail, the internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held its annual event in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 8 to July 12, 2009. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.
In its seventh year, Tales of the Cocktail hosted thousands of sippers, used 12,000 thousand pounds of Kold Draft ice, garnishes and more in the five days…Tales of the Cocktail 2009 by the numbers is below:
· 12,000 pounds of Kold Draft Ice
· 15,000 attendees
· 100,000 5-ounce Tales of Cocktail acrylic cups
· 13,884 mint leaves
· 14,000 lemons
· 11,250 limes
· 192 pounds of sugar
· 1,824 Driscoll’s Blackberries and Driscoll’s Blueberries
· 12,000 bottles of Fiji Water
· 74 Gallons Lime Juice
· 82 Gallons Lemon Juice
· 45 Gallons Grapefruit Juice
· 21 Gallons Pineapple Juice
· 25 Gallons Tomato Juice
· 75 Gallons Simple Syrup
· 10 Gallons Rich Simple Syrup
· 5 Gallons Honey Syrup
· 1400 Tropicana Orange twists
· 1200 Lemon Twists
· 1250 Lime Wheels
· 940 Lemon Wheels
· 950 Luxardo Cherries
· 450 Cucumber Wheels
· 400 Lemon Wedges
· 430 Lime Wedges
· 350 Stalks of Celery
· 48,921 items in the Swag Speakeasy
· 640 Cocktail Recipes in the Stir Your Soul Edition of the Tales of the Cocktail Recipe Book
· 25 Spirited Dinners at New Orleans Restaurants
· 10 partner hotel properties
About Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans and the storied bars and restaurants that have contributed to the city’s world-wide culinary acclaim. This organization supports members of the hospitality industry through education and the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail and, most recently, Trails of the Cocktail, a scholarship program for emerging talent in the New Orleans cocktail industry.
Every summer spirits from around the world descend on America’s most soulful city. Next summer will be no different as Tales of the Cocktail returns. Join us for a spirited schedule of cocktails, cuisine and culture that will stir even the most idle of souls.
Save the date for next year’s Tales of the Cocktail, July 21-25, 2010
For more information, go to www.TalesoftheCocktail.com