The organisers of the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans have confirmed that the bar industry event is returning to Scotland in April.
After a highly successful debut in Edinburgh in 2017, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour will be back in the city from Saturday April 7 to Wednesday April 11, 2018.
The announcement follows reports that Tales of the Cocktail is set to be sold by founders Ann and Paul Tuennerman to the Solomon family, which owns theatres in New Orleans and the surrounding area, in partnership with Neal Bodenheimer, co-owner of New Orleans cocktail bar Cure.
With five days of seminars and other events, Tales on Tour in Edinburgh is designed to educate, illuminate and entertain bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts, building on the profile of Tales of the Cocktail held in New Orleans every July.
The organisers have also announced that the Tales of The Cocktail Cocktail Apprentice Programme is running again, giving ambitious young bartenders an exclusive mentorship with some of the biggest names in the business during the week. Applications are open until Tuesday January 16, 2018. Visit https://talesofthecocktail.com/participate/cocktail-apprentice-program/ for details.
The 2017 conference and festival hosted 305 delegates at 52 events and seminars throughout Edinburgh during the week.
The hub this year will be The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square and will involve bars around the city.
Tickets go on sale through the Tales 365 membership programme on Thursday February 8 and then on general sale on Thursday February 15. Tickets will be available at www.talesofthecocktail.com, priced $65 in US dollars (currently £45) per seminar. Purchase of one ticket also grants access to further events around the city in the evening.
If tickets for a whole day (three seminars) are purchased, guests receive a 10% discount. Additionally available is a 15% discount on tickets to anyone located in Edinburgh. All residents will be able to receive this discount by simply putting their postal code into the ticket-purchasing site as their promo code.
Preferential room rates are available for Tales on Tour attendees.