Bourbon Through Bluegrass
6:30 p.m. Thursday
Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111
Bernie Lubbers, former comedian and current "Whiskey Professor" for Kentucky's Heaven Hill Distillery, discusses bourbon. There are cocktails and tastings of Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey and Evan Williams White Label. Hors d'oeuvres include corn whiskey shrimp salad with tomatoes and corn vinaigrette, Gulf fish ceviche, crawfish beignets with lemon aioli, duck pastrami with whipped brie and pickled watermelon rind and more. Tickets $55.
Rum, Rhum, Ron! A History of Rum in the New World
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday; Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday; Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., (504) 523-4662
4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341
The Historic New Orleans Collection's (HNOC) symposium on rum starts with a happy hour reception at Palace Cafe on Friday. The symposium features keynote speaker Jessica B. Harris (Rum: A History in a Glass), New York Times drinks writer Rosie Schaap, rum distillers, bartenders Abigail Gullo, Nick Detrich and Shannon Mustipher, and others. Events conclude with a rum tasting at the Hotel Monteleone. Registration is required. Tickets $70, $60 for HNOC members, teachers and students.
Big Top Cake Competition and Bakery Carnival
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405
Attendees can vote for the winners of the professional cake baking competition, and there's also a student competition. Guests also can taste entries in the Bakery Carnival. Drinks are available for purchase. Free with regular museum admission. Competition registration is $30 for professionals and $15 for students.