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The festival that honors one of New Orleans’ most famous (and sometimes infamous) drinks— The Daiquiri — is back. This September, the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival will become New Orleans’ Daiquiri Season. With 30 days of special events and tastings across the city, there will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sweet relief of this New Orleans classic during the month of September.

Throughout September, bartenders around the city will offer their own unique take on the Frozen Daiquiri at their bars and restaurants, and at special tasting events. September was selected as the Daiquiri Season to give locals and visitors some cool relief from warm temperatures and to help give local bars and restaurants a boost during what can often be a slow time of year.

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Tuesday, September 13 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Big Freedia Crowns Duke & Duchess of the Daiquiri

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Join us at 3 Keys inside Ace Hotel New Orleans for the public crowning ceremony celebrating the best daiquiris New Orleans has to offer in two categories, frozen and non-frozen. Bounce star Big Freedia will be in attendance at the public ceremony on Tuesday, September 13th along with the famed Cuban bartender Julio Cabrera, Willa Jean Chef Lisa White and writer Jennifer Cole. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will get to sip on the winning daiquiris and meet the winners and judges. A “Fan Favorite” award that is voted on by the public through the Daiquiri Season website will be announced at the end of September.

Pre-judging took place in the first week of September, narrowing the competing recipes from 43 to 12. The judges will do a day of tasting the top 12 submissions on Monday, September 12th and then name the Duke or Duchess of the Daiquiri in two categories (frozen and non-frozen) at this public crowning ceremony.

Attendance is limited due to space. First come, first serve.

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Julio Cabrera

Managing Partner, The Regent Cocktail Club. Miami
Julio Cabrera is a world renowned bartender whose career has spanned over 25 years. His tenures have included Italy, Mexico, his native Cuba, and currently Miami. He graduated with high honors at the Hotel and TourismUniversity at trainer capacity in Nicosia, Cypress in 1991. | | He joined the ranks of Cantineros in Cuba; a storied, professional, elegant Cuban way of tending bar. He was later honored by being chosen as a professor... Read More →


Big Freedia

New Orleans Bounce Queen

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Ace Hotel New Orleans

Ace Hotel New Orleans sits on the corner of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the Warehouse District of one of the best cities on Earth.  | | We're close to up-and-coming art galleries and shopping, museums, cocktails and just a jaunt to the classics of the French Quarter and the modernity of the burgeoning South Market District, a stone's throw to many of New Orleans' best gems like the Sports and Arts Districts, and just a bike ride... Read More →

Tuesday September 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ace Hotel New Orleans 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130