Even though, I am holed up in my bed right now with this monster cold, I am really looking forward to the holidays this year. Last year, I went to visit one of my close friends in South Korea, so I didn’t really feel the holiday spirit, but I am so in the spirit, I almost bought an ugly Christmas sweater (almost!). Part of many Latinos’ holiday traditions is the Coquito. What better way to celebrate this potent, traditional drink than with a tasting tour!
Find out more info below:
Close out the holiday season with deliciousCoquito and exclusive gourmet menu tastings at the Coquito Masters™ 2014“Coquito Trolley Crawl”, taking place on Saturday, January 4 (Three Kings Day) from 1:00p to 4:00p in the Bronx. Presented and organized by the International CoquitoFederation and award-nominated culinary blog Off The Beaten Plate (OBPNYC), theevent will be a fun leisurely time for the entire family to enjoy.
Crawl tickets are $25.00 and officially on sale at www.CoquitoCrawl.com. Admission to the event will include a tour of the Bronx’s best restaurants (details for which will be unveiled over the next couple of weeks) and exclusive access to:
- Specially-prepared Coquito tastings by the 2013 Coquito Masters winners themselves (bigger servings this year!)
- Savory menu samples courtesy of this year’s featured restaurant hosts
- Opportunities to purchase specially-priced bottles of award-winning Coquito
- On-sites sales and coupons for future visits to all participating venues
Chosen for its vibrant cultural heritage and energy, the Bronx (particularly the Concourse, Melrose and Mott Haven sections) is home to a diverse range of eateries enjoyed by local and outer-borough residents alike. Earlier this year, New York’s official marketing and tourism organization NYC & Company selected the South Bronx as its next destination for Neighborhood X Neighborhood, a new program that aims to support local businesses and institutions across the five boroughs.
January’s crawl will mark the grand finale of the annual Coquito Masters Series, which kicked off last month at The Bronx Museum. Launched by the InternationalCoquito Federation in 2001, the Coquito Masters Series has become one of New York’s most celebrated cultural holiday festivities. The nearly eight-week-long eventsees people from all over competing to become the year’s top “Coquito Master.” Previous winners have hailed from across New York, and past judges include Gracie Mansion executive chef Feliberto Estevez, Emmy award winning Baron Ambrosia from the Cooking Channel, and Dr. Nilsa Rodriguez from the Culinary Institute of America. For the first time, ICF has expanded the festivities this year beyond New York City to include the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Boston.
For the full schedule of Coquito Masters events visitwww.coquitocrawl.com/schedule.
Coquito Crawl guests will be permitted to board at any of the participating locations and required to show their tickets upon entry to each. While the whole family is invited to enjoy the trolley and restaurant tastings, guests must be 21 or older to sample and/or purchase Coquito.
Those interested in purchasing tickets for a group of 10 or more must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a corporate or non-profit organization interested in becoming a 2014 Coquito Crawl sponsor, visit www.coquitocrawl.com/media for more information.