TIKI OASIS 19: “Catch the New Wave”
June 7-11, 2019
Bali Hai – Shelter Island, San Diego
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Hotel Circle, San Diego
Tiki Oasis 19 celebrates Tiki in a variety of educational seminars – here’s a focus on this year’s event spirits seminars, including a wine appreciation seminar co-hosted by Devo’s Gerald Casale!
TIKI TASTING (TWO SEATINGS)
Interact one-on-one with makers representing new products, and some of our old favorites. Tiki Oasis has curated an international collection of a very limited number of rum and other spirit brands that go well in Tiki cocktails! Includes a Tasting Glass.
WINE APPRECIATION WITH VINTNERS, JUDD FINKELSTEIN AND GERALD CASALE
Winemakers Judd Finkelstein and Gerald Casale invite you to join them as they make wine approachable, and break down the intimidation factor surrounding the world of wine. Get wine-confident! You’ll learn sensory techniques and food pairing tips, gain knowledge of common grape varieties, hear engaging stories, and have some laughs throughout. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by an array of their wines The Fifty By Fifty and Judd’s Hill winery.
Judd Finkelstein is the proprietor of Judd’s Hill winery in Napa Valley and has 40+ years of winemaking experience in this famed region. In his other life, he is the band leader of the old-timey Hawaiian-style combo, The Maikai Gents. Gerald Casale is the co-founder of the band DEVO, a longtime wine educator, and proprietor of the Pinot Noir based wine brand The Fifty By Fifty.
INGREDIENTS MATTER: GUIDE TO DRINKING WELL
Hosted by Randy Tarlow from Liquid Alchemist, this seminar covers the importance of choosing quality ingredients when making cocktails. Examining spirits, liqueurs, syrups, juices, and ice. Why we choose fresh and premium vs artificial products. How these ingredients affect the taste and presentation of cocktails. And most important, how to drink well to prevent a hangover. Guests will leave with the understanding of what they are actually consuming and why they should be discerning when ordering a cocktail, how pricing for quality products is justified. and health-conscious options for the long party weekend.
CREATE A WORLD OF TIKI IN YOUR HOME BAR
Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is ready to reveal all the secrets of creating a world of Tiki in your home. Starting with six blank walls — yes, the ceiling matters, too! Learn how to tackle the process of creating a tiki paradise so that you too, can transform any room in your house into your own great escape. Based on interviews with professional tiki bar designers and homeowners who shared lessons from their projects, plus countless hours of research to create her own “Mahalo Lounge”, Pam has distilled this creative project into seven distinct steps. You’ll hear about tiki-theory essentials, design concepts, options for materials and where to get them, the big no-no’s, and more. Creating a home tiki bar can be an intimidating project – “more is more” here, but you can do it if you take it step-by-step!
MAI TAI ROA A’E! W/JEFF “BEACHBUM” BERRY
The world’s most famous Tiki drink is 75 years old this year … and so is the war over who invented it. Trader Vic claimed he invented the Mai Tai in 1944. Bandleader Harry Owens claimed he introduced the Mai Tai to the world in 1954. And Don The Beachcomber said he invented the Mai Tai way back in 1932. At the risk of getting fragged in the crossfire, Beachbum Berry will examine the evidence and serve up samples of different Mai Tai recipes — including Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai, still “da kine” after all these years!
RIFFS & SPIFFS
Come learn what makes a Tiki drink different from a tropical drink and how to make your own spin-off the Tiki classics. Join mixologist and author Tiki Lindy on this fun exploration of what makes a balanced and Tiki-inspired cocktail while trying a few Tiki Lindy original riffs.
Tiki Lindy is a veteran tiki bartender, rum advocate, and tiki icon most notable for her private events bartending, award-winning mixology and as the author of “Tiki Lindy’s Field Guide to Pupus, Tidbits & Exotic Provisions”–a first of its kind collection of regionally inspired tiki cuisine recipes. She is San Francisco based but bartends nationwide.
We have asked a limited number of rum, beer, and other spirit brands to share with the Tiki Oasis audience their favorite taste combinations! What should you sip while indulging in dark chocolate, nuts, dried and fresh fruits? Does jerky or popcorn really pair with any spirit brand? Join us for this unique event and find out!
THE HOME BAR GUIDE TO TROPICAL COCKTAILS
Join the pros, Tom and Kelly, as they explain the creation of their latest cocktail tome, The Home Bar Guide To Tropical Cocktails, from concept to printed book. The process took over two years! They give you an insider perspective of what it takes to bring a published book to fruition. From choosing over 150 original recipes, to the art and photography gathering process, through collaborating with a European book publisher, and working within layout requirements. They will also give a practical tutorial on syrup making. Q&A will be encouraged. Includes one of Tom & Kelly’s cocktails.
IT’S KIDDIE COCKTAIL TIME!
Calling all junior mixologists! Join us for a swingin’ master class on slinging up some tasty Kiddie Cocktails! Learn more about the coolest-ever collection of fabulous drink recipes in every flavor and style under the sun – sharp and tangy, smooth and sweet, fizzy but never flat, crisp and fruity, or rich and creamy – all minus the hooch! Surprise your friends with a Kosmic Kooler, get the party started with a Dream Punch or cruise to Hawaii with a Little Pink Pearl. You’ll also find tips on setting up your own kiddie cocktail bar – with advice on choosing everything you’ll need to make your cocktails look as amazing as they taste! Come and wet your beaks with Kiddie Cocktails book author Stuart Sandler for an afternoon you won’t soon forget!
Stuart Sandler launched the Font Diner font foundry in 1996. Inspired by American popular culture of the 1930s–1960s, he has created more than 500 original typefaces for the graphic design industry, and solidly established a reputation as the premier retro display typeface designer. In 2004, Sandler launched Mister Retro, offering retro graphic design software products to complement his original typefaces. Mister Retro features a wildly popular suite of Photoshop plug-ins, Snappy Hour vector artwork, and original serigraphs from the world-renowned lowbrow artist Derek Yaniger. When he’s not in his studio, Sandler enjoys life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his family, and indulging in world-class supper club dining – hunkered over a fancy pickle, radish, and black olive relish tray and sipping on a Shirley Temple.
TIKI OASIS BARTENDER BATTLE
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head-to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!
Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things. Aside from running Boy Drinks World, Ram is a professional craft cocktail bartender, spirts expert, educator, Tikiphile and sometimes rum judge that is enthusiastic about all things related to drinking well. When not sipping rum and slinging bitters by the pool.