Today is opening day of Tales of the Cocktail 2013 in New Orleans.
Among the country specific participants is an All Canadian Tasting Room focused on Wild Foraged Cocktails.
"Taking place Friday, July 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Regal Suite of the Royal Sonesta at 300 Bourbon St., “Wild Foraged Cocktails - The Canadian Shield” is the brainchild of award-winning mixologist/sommelier Lauren Mote and celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek, creators and co-proprietors of Vancouver-based Bittered Sling."
"Mote and Chovancek, co-sponsors of the tasting room with Victoria Spirits,Pemberton Distillery, Collingwood Canadian Whisky and wild foraged spice provider Société-Original, will showcase homegrown, top-shelf spirits and cocktails that reflect truly Canadian terroir: vast forests, snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes and windswept grasslands. Joining Bittered Sling in bringing the Maple Leaf to the Mardi Gras are fellow Canadian bartenders Evelyn Chick (Blue Water Cafe), Robyn Gray(PiDGiN) and Grant Sceney (Fairmont Pacific Rim) of Vancouver, and Solomon Siegel (Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar) of Victoria."
(* 'Tales of the Cocktail 2013' poster from event website)