Nashville Cocktail Festival is proud to welcome a number of nationally recognized guests speakers, providing industry leading knowledge on cocktail trends, recipes, history and more.
Fri, April 27th 6:30pm @Pavilion East
Like porto? We do to, and this is the man to talk about it. After several years climbing the ladder with wine brands like Croft, Fonseca and Taylor Fladgate, Chris is now the Global Ambassador for the the three labels and educates around the world. Join us to learn more about porto, and it's role in the history of the cocktail!
Fri, April 27th 8pm @Pavilion East
Nathanael Mehrens is an award-winning beverage inventor and creative entrepreneur with a passion for artful hospitality and food science. With more than 12 years experience in the coffee and cocktail industries, Nathanael has been instrumental in menu creation and execution for many highly regarded Nashville establishments such as CREMA, Pinewood Social, Steadfast, and Steadfast Commons. Nathanael is also Creator and Co-Founder of Matchless Coffee Soda, a new and uniquely Nashville beverage company working toward national distribution.
Fri, April 27th 9pm @ Pavilion East
The inner circles of the cocktail world have put behind their nerdiness lately, in exchange for a more inviting experience for all guests. Secluded speakeasies have given way to communal tables and text book bartenders have given way to friendly conversation once again. As Beverage Director for Deacon's New South, Sam will discuss the role of hospitality in the cocktail world.
Sat, April 28th 1pm @Pavilion East
One of Imbibe Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angelesmagazine dubbed “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” Esquire calls Jeff “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” and Food & Wine “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” while the New York Timescites him as “the Indiana Jones of Tiki drinks” and the Los Angeles Times as “A hybrid of street-smart gumshoe, anthropologist and mixologist.” Jeff’s been profiled in the Washington Post, USA Today and Wine Enthusiast magazine; he’s also been featured on PBS Television, National Public Radio and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Sun, April 29th 2:30pm @ Pavilion East
With over 2 years’ experience working on the Buffalo Trace products his expertise was learned directly from the tutelage of Buffalo Trace Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley. Join us for a tour through a few of Buffalo Trace’s award winning bourbons along with our featured new handcrafted vodka, Wheatley Vodka, distilled at the most award winning Distillery in the World- Buffalo Trace named after and created by Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley.
Sun, April 29th 3:15pm @Pavilion East
Nashville would not be the cocktail destination it is today without the help and influence of Matt Tocco. As one of the founding members of Nashville's first craft cocktail bar, The Patterson House, Matt has gone on to design menus for multiple restaurants, bars and hotels while working with liquor brands and distributors to bring in new products to Music City. Join us to hear Matt's take on the creation and evolution of Nashville's cocktail culture.
Sun, April 29th 4:00pm @Pavilion East
After more than 10 years in youth work, and 15 in non-profit leadership roles, Christy is the Executive Director of LIVEmpowered. LIVEmpowered is empowering young people to make positive choices and equipping communities to meet the needs of young people.