Now this gonna be fun…..a weekender in San Diaego with everything tiki! – art, music, literature and mixology, symposiums, tiki drinks, and rums! I’m still in New Orleans but now I need some tropical Tiki/Hawaiian/Poly style clothing and tropical flower hair pins!
Thursday August 14 – at the Bali Hai Resturant and Friday – Sunday, August 15-17 – The Crown Plaza, Hotel Circle
Tiki Oasis is offering over 30 Symposiums this year – mixology, dance, architecture, music, poetry, tiki history, beat workshop for kids, the historical significance of the Beats, international tiki trailblazing, lingerie, tiki crafts, pin-up hair and make-up and a whole score of book signings! Special events include the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge, Tiki Oasis Beauty Bungalow and Glamour Pin-Up Packages!
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion – with Author Philip Greene and sponsored by Papa’s Pilar rum.
Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, sharing stories around drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the ma… n himself. Booksigning to directly follow Philip Greene’s symposium.
Location: Grand Pacific Room, Crowne Plaza Date: Friday August 15th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.
The Bitter Side of Tiki – with Ram Udwin and sponsored by Ballast Point
Bitters and tinctures aid home and professional bartenders in bringing balance and zest to their cocktails – adding perhaps the perfect final element to a well-crafted tiki libation. In this class, you will get an introduction to cocktail bitters, their h… istory and how they are made. The class will culminate with a discussion on the how and why of using bitters in creating complex and delicious tiki drinks. Ram Udwin is a bitters maker, a booze blogger and a cocktail man, dedicated to the study and better enjoyment of spirited libations.
Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Date: Friday August 15th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.
TIKI POP: From Gauguin to Elvis (and beyond) – with Sven Kirsten
In his presentation Sven Kirsten will introduce the culmination of his research, his brand-new book “Tiki Pop – America imagines its own Polynesian Paradise”. This is the COMPLETE history of the Tiki phenomenon on close to 400 pages illustrated with 900 mo… stly new images, published like his previous two tomes by TASCHEN books. This hefty dose of Tiki eye candy will astound the novice and satisfy the seasoned Tikiphile with its new insights and visuals. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about Tiki and did not not know how to ask.
Sven Kirsten will sell and sign copies of the book, as well as the Tiki Pop mug and bookmark manufactured by Tiki Farm for the release of this milestone work.
Location: Peacock Room II, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 10:00AM – 11:00AM – For pricing and tickets click here.
The Frozen Cocktail – with PKNY’s Richard Boccato and sponsored by Privateer Rum
Join PKNY’s Richard Boccato for a boozy foray into the once-venerated yet subsequently neglected art of the blended and frozen cocktail. The history surrounding the roles of the Hamilton Beach and the Waring Blender behind the tropically inspired bars of y… esteryear will be revealed, and the resurrection of this technology at the modern drinking hole will be regaled.
Most importantly, we will discuss the intricacies of balance, temperature, and water content as they pertain to the successful execution of a frosty beverage. Many tasty Tiki treats will be provided for your pleasure, so prepare for the inevitable brain-freeze that will surely ensue! Richard will be joined by his Aussie bartending crew all the way from White Lightning Tiki Bar at Alfred & Constance in Brisbane!
Welcoming cocktail presented by White Lightning.
Location: Grand Pacific Room, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 1:30PM – 3:00PM – For pricing and tickets click here.
And of course I wanna learn how to danse hula!
Let’s Get Hip to Hula!– with Hawaii’s own Violetta Beretta
Get your claws sharp on this Hawaiian jive! Learn to shake your coconuts (or bongos) & hip to Hula! Hawaii’s Burlesque Sweetheart Violetta Beretta, will gently guide you through a hula-inspired warm-up to get you ready for an evening of tiki-tastic goo… d times!
You’ll learn the basic hand, arm, hip, and foot movements of this beautiful form of Hawaiian dance, after which Violetta will teach a short, classic “hapa-haole hula” dance to the song “Little Grass Shack” to take home, practice & perform! Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in—feel free to wear a sarong, hula skirt or lei if you’re feeling fancy! Feet should be bare. Open to all ages, Wahine (Women) & Kane (Men) & no experience is needed!
Location: Atrium, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM Price: Free
And last…but not the least….RUM….
Join The Rum Revolution!– with Martin Cate
Featuring Angostura No. 1, Denizen Merchant Reserve and Privateer Rums. Co-Sponsored by Lost Spirits, Owney’s, The Real McCoy, Penny Blue and Rhum Clement.
There’s never been a better time to be a rum lover! Join Smuggler’s Cove owner Martin Cate on a guided tasting of the very latest in brand new rums. Incredible & complex rums are now hitting the market in record numbers, and Martin has personally cur… ated a selection of some of the best from producers both new and established.
You’ll participate in a lively discussion and learn how you can help play a part in shaping this exciting and growing segment. I mean, we all love rum, right? RIGHT?! So spend an afternoon with some of the finest new tipples in town!
Location: Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Date: Saturday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:30PM – For pricing and tickets click here.
For all details of everything that gonna happen at the Tiki Oasis…..because I haven’t written down even half of it….check out their WEBSITE