First Bloom: Spring Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Event has passed (Wed Apr 24, 2019 - Wed Apr 24, 2019)
San Francisco Ferry Building
05:30 PM
Activism / Cause, Food
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Savor Spring at the Freshest Happy Hour in Town

Welcome the return of sunshine and clear skies with an evening of lush and leafy libations at the spring edition of our popular Cocktails of the Farmers Market series, presented by CUESA and the US Bartenders Guild.

Sip and stroll in the Ferry Building’s Grand Hall as 13 of the Bay Area’s best bartenders offer original drinks using the freshest spring produce from Ferry Plaza Farmers Market—think edible flowers, bright herbs, tender green shoots, and the season’s first berries! The first glimpses of spring are in bloom for only a brief moment, so you’ll want to taste how our talented bartenders capture these fleeting flavors in a glass, all while supporting our local family farmers.

At this happy hour event, you’ll enjoy three full-sized signature cocktails and bountiful bites from celebrated local restaurants, along with unlimited sample-size drinks. These expertly crafted cocktails are served for one night only, just for you!
Proceeds from this delicious fundraising event support CUESA's work to nurture the next generation of farmers, food entrepreneurs, and healthy eaters, and the USBG's professional development programs.

Participating Bartenders
Alicia Walton, The Sea Star
Chris Rice, 25 Lusk
Danny Ojinaga, Mario & John's
Dzu Nguyen, Horsefeather
Esdras Gonzales, Trader Vic's
Evan Campbell, American Oak
Jeremy Vadurro, Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen
Josh Gelfand, Wingtip
Mari Urquizo, Lord George
Maritza Alvarez, Pagan Idol & Zombie Village
Nathalie Lichtman, Elixirand more to come!

Presenting Spirits
El Tesoro Tequila, Hennessy, William Grant & Sons

Tasting Spirits
Arkansas Black, Bounty Rum, Copper & Kings, Loch & Union, Lo-Fi Aperitifs, Old Elk, Royal Dutch Distillers, Sagamore Spirits, Spring 44 Distilling, St. George Spirits

Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Q Mixers
Participating Restaurants
15 Romolo, 25 Lusk, Far West Fungi Kitchen, Horsefeather, Oyna Natural Foods, Precita Park Cafe, Waterbar and more to come!

CUESA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to build an inclusive and regenerative food future, offering programs that nurture the next generation of farmers, food entrepreneurs, and healthy eaters. We have managed the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco since 1999, the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland since 2016, and the Mission Community Market in San Francisco since 2017. We envision a healthy world nourished by environmentally sound, humane, economically viable, and socially just food systems.

About the USBG
The USBG is the most skilled, knowledgeable, and professional association of bartenders in the industry, uniting dedicated professionals in service to the traditions of our trade. Our mission is to empower bartenders in their careers, foster collaboration between members, and connect with the communities we serve.

Please note: Must be 21 years to attend. Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable. Please drink responsibly. For nondrinkers and designated drivers, we will offer a few clearly marked nonalcoholic options.

Photos by Katelyn Tucker /

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