In addition to the judging competition the TAG Spirits Awards will feature a full roster of consumer events for spirits enthusiasts of any stripe, including meet & greets with our hosts, expert-led educational sessions, and the Pink Tie Gala.
These sponsor-driven events will bring-to-life a variety of spirits and food pairings at the welcome kick-off, educational & tasting sessions, spirited soiree’s/dinners, fireside chats with industry experts and culminating with the Pink Tie Gala raising funds and awareness for the Helen David Relief Fund.

“We are excited to be a partner with the TAG Global Spirits Awards for several of the consumer events as well as being able to enter our submissions into the actual competition. From vodka and tequila to whiskey and niche spirits, this esteemed judging panel has some of the most respected palates in the country and world,”
– Chuck Kane, COO of Chopin Imports.

Saturday, February 26th

Pink Tie Gala – “Think Pink”

6:30-7:30 – VIP Pre-Party
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Skyfall Lounge, Delano Las Vegas

The four-day TAG global spirits competition will culminate with a Pink Tie Gala on Saturday, February 26th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy music, culinary delights and signature libations from supporting supplier hosts, amidst a celebratory evening featuring the announcement of the Grand Finale Competition Results.

*Proceeds from the Pink Tie Gala will benefit the Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF), which honors the memory of Tony Abou-Ganim’s cousin, Helen, a beloved bar owner and community leader in Port Huron, Michigan, who beat breast cancer twice in her lifetime.

Thursday, February 24th

Traveling Italy, Drinking: Hosted by Livio Lauro

1:00 – 3:00 pm -Sage Boardroom @ Delano Las Vegas
Join Livio Lauro, the host of “Master Your Glass” YouTube Channel and special guests on a trip from North to South Italy through 6 regions to discover some of the boot-shaped country’s most distinctive beverages. Sip your welcome cocktail while we warm up! Then we will make 2 Italian cocktails together that are so easy to make they are just a “barspoon away” and then sip some more while we explore! Italy has a rich history of producing amazing wines, spirits, and liqueurs that have been enhancing people’s lives for centuries.

Women & Whiskey

5:00 pm – 6:30pm Sage Boardroom @ Delano Las Vegas
Join an experienced panel consisting of TAG Global Spirit Awards celebrated judges including Bridget Albert, Charlotte Voisey, Lynn House, and our Special Guest, U.S. Ambassador for Jack Daniel’s, ET Tecosky. They will lead guests through a spirited tasting of exquisite whiskies across their categories that will provide a world tour for the palate. This distinguished panel will demonstrate how to taste like an expert and what makes each whiskey special. Guests of this seminar will learn how to differentiate between a bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Single Malt, Blends, Tennessee Whiskey, Japanese and more!

TAG Global Spirit Awards Welcome Kick-off

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Libertine Social, Mandalay Bay
Come out and enjoy the official kick-off event for the inaugural TAG Global Spirits Awards at Libertine Social, where consumer enthusiasts will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with the competition’s all-star judging panel, volunteers from the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), and industry movers and shakers.

Signature libations will be highlighted along with the culinary delights from the Executive Chef of Libertine Social. Sponsor stations include Chopin Vodka, Campari, Patron, Q Mixers and more.

Fireside Chat with Brown-Forman

10:30 pm – Midnight, The Franklin, Delano Hotel
Join ET Tecosky, U.S. Ambassador for Jack Daniel’s, for an intimate fireside exploration into all things Jack. ET is a former bartender and during his over 2 decade tenure, he created the Surfer on Acid shot as well as founding one of the first bottled by bartender products – Dirty Sue. Sample some of the newest and most exclusive expressions of the World’s most loved whiskey, while listening to the stories that made us who we are. Book your tickets today for this one of a kind seminar, and be sure to stick around for a special surprise at the end!

Friday, February 25th

Master Your Cocktail Skills; Host Livio Lauro

1:00 – 3:00 pm Sage Boardroom @ Delano Las Vegas
Ever snap a pic of a cocktail served to you that was almost too beautiful to drink? Today, our culture is so intertwined with the ideals of sophistication and goals of striving for happiness and of course… sharing all about it on social media! During this dynamic and interactive seminar, you will make social worthy cocktails of your own! Livio Lauro, host of “Master Your Glass” YouTube Channel will teach you all of the tricks and how to make your favorite drinks better and more authentically and of course – social ready!

Spirited Soirees/Dinners

7:30 – 10:00 pm
The TAG Global Spirits Awards present four very special Spirited Soirees/Dinners where guests may indulge and imbibe in the innovative culinary offerings found at renowned restaurants located inside Mandalay Bay paired with our spirited hosts for the evening. These spirited soirees/dinners will leave us wanting more.

  • Tequila, Tequila and Tequila hosted by Patron – Border Grill
  • Handcrafted in America hosted by Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka – Libertine Social
  • Everything Italian hosted by Campari Group – Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
  • Bourbon & Bites hosted by Garrison Bros & Campari- Stripsteak

Fireside Chat with Campari Group

10:30 pm – Midnight, The Franklin, Delano Las Vegas
Join Campari Group for an intimate fireside discussion and tasting at The Franklin, inside the Delano Hotel for a nightcap. Guests will enjoy a nightcap along with storytelling and conversation with industry icons from the Campari Group.

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