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Thursday, October 13, 2011

First-ever Daiquiri Festival is this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM

  • Elektra Noelani Fisher
Paying tribute to the daiquiri (or daiq, as I so lovingly abbreviate it) this weekend is the inaugural Daiquiri Days Tour, Festival & Daiquiri Shop Hop.

The event, hosted by OpenHouse New Orleans Company, will tour the downtown daiquiri scene over two nights (Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15), with room for a dance party in-between.

Daiquiris require a loose, afternoon-tanked blend of rum, sugar and lime juice, and really whichever-proof booze and fruity additions you can fit in the glass, or cup. The more popular version is served frozen from a blender and poured into bucket-sized portions, or ubiquitous Styrofoam cups that conveniently saddle-up to car drink holders. Drinkin' and drivin' be damned, so long as the straw does not puncture the top of that lid.

I guess it's also a simple, summertime cocktail, strained and served on ice. (But really, who orders that.)

Before the word "daiquiri" even falls out your mouth you're probably already hearing the jingle for New Orleans Original Daiquiris (no relation to the festival) — the one from commercials with bad haircuts and "hangin' out" scenes. It's as essential to modern daiquiri life as the Reginelli's ("pizza, oo I wanna eat ya") jingle is to eating pizza (or is it just me).

Hit the jump for the Daiquiri Days schedule of events and registration information.

The event kicks off 6 p.m. Friday at Gene’s Daiquiris (1040 Elysian Fields Ave.), where Tour goers check-in and receive their signature cup and button. Party buses, hosted by "daiquiri expert guides," then load up and take the tour to several daiquiri shops. A final stop at the Hi-Ho Lounge features a dance party with the Stooges Brass Band and a dozen DJs.

From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Unfold Media Gallery (708 Toulouse St.) samples "old-school daiquiris" and will distribute the event's Daiquiri Shop Map — available online Friday.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the daiquiri hop crawls through the French Quarter, and a documentary crew will film. Participants can also grab a six-month membership to the New Orleans Daiquiri Club for year-round events.

Tickets to the two-day event are $30 and are available online.

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