LUCKYRICE Festival, a New York-based Asian cocktail and culinary festival, is adding its first Canadian stop ever to its 2015 lineup. Presented by Bombay Sapphire East Gin,
Torontonians are invited to an exclusive tasting event featuring Asian-inspired cocktails prepared by top local mixologists on Wednesday, July 15, at the historic Berkeley Church.
The inaugural Canadian LUCKYRICE Cocktail Feast will feature a selection of exclusive, Asian-inspired cocktails prepared by Toronto’s top mixologists from the hottest restaurants and bars including: The Toronto Temperance Society, Blowfish, Soho House, Speakeasy 21, Miller Tavern, Peter Pan Bistro and Rebel & Demon. Also participating in the event is Toronto’s Celebrity Chef Susur Lee, representing acclaimed BENT restaurant.
It was held at Berkeley Church at Queen E/Sherbourne. Though the doors were supposed to open at 7pm, we didn't get in 'til 7:30pm (even though we had VIP tickets).
There were a lot of people once everyone got in and there was a good vibe.
Here are Gord and I with Chef Susur Lee.
There were servers going around with food ... alas, the plates were empty by the time they got to me so I didn't get to try anything.
|There were bowls of these snacks on tables|
There were specialty drinks being made at the drink stations and I tried a couple. The lines, though, to get a drink were really really long ... it was about a 30 minute wait for my second one. There should have been more stations considering the amount of people in attendance and/or more bartenders.
|I had an Eastern Mule|
|I also had a LUCKYRICED Tea|
|This station had run out of ice so I had to get some |
from another staiton
There was a DJ.
Given the long lines to get a drink, we left about 8:30ish (others were leaving too). It would have been more fun had it been better organized.