SF Weekly’s Fourth Annual DRINK Event!

SF Weekly’s Fourth Annual DRINK Event was held at The Old Mint in San Francisco on March 7, 2014. There were 800+ guests and 40+ vendors.

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This is the first large event that I planned. I worked closely with two of my coworkers to make this SOLD OUT event fun for all of our guests and clients! Working essentially without  a budget makes larger events much more difficult, but we were able to pull it off. We agreed to rent the venue, and have a DJ in exchange for trade advertisements in our publication.

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Like any large (open bar) event, we ran into some problems. Thankfully, guests were oblivious to these behind-the-scenes glitches and were able to enjoy the event. These mishaps consisted of a couple of spilled drinks, some problems with the guest list, and missing ballots for the cocktail contest. One of the most important qualities of a successful event planner is being RESOURCEFUL. We were able to prevent these problems from becoming a lot worse by thinking on our toes and coming up with a plan to fix them.

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During these “pitfalls”, guests sampled beer, wine, and spirits and were educated about the characteristics that make each brand unique. They also sampled from a number of products/cocktails, small bites, live entertainment, including DJ Cosmic Amanda of BFF.fm, and voted on a cocktail competition.

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Participants Included:

Thirsty Bear
Calicraft Brewing Co.
Drake’s Brewing Company
Bluxome Street Winery
Lefty O’Douls
21st Amendment
Steven Kent Winery
Pine Street Brewery
Raff Distillerie
Baby Blues BBQ
DasBrew Inc.
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Falcon Spirits
First Crush Wine
Papas Pilar

I’m excited to plan this event next year and make it even better!