Free and Final: Drink Sales and Events This Weekend
We all make mistakes and sometimes we benefit from others’ mishaps.
Such is the case with a Big Easy Bucha (4040 Euphrosine St., bigeasybucha.com) sale ending today at 4 p.m. when shoppers can grab up overruns and mislabeled (OOPS) bottles at slashed prices in the tasting room: $7 cases of Melon Magic, Streetcar Sipper, and Bayou Berry; $5 OOPS Bayou Berry 67-ounce multi serves; and $1 assorted OOPS bottles. To reserve cases call 504.407.0544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit LASPCA.
Tomorrow through Sunday, Flamingo A Go-Go (Flamingo A-Go-Go, 869 Magazine St., flamingonola.com) is partnering with Audubon Nature Institute to celebrate National Pink Flamingo Day. All weekend you can get your sparkle on at the Flamingo Glitter Bar where flamingo animation slideshow will enlighten on the celebrated pink bird. All weekend long, a specialty cocktail will be served— Prosecco Pops, glass of Prosecco with a popsicle inside.
Flamingle Friday (4 p.m. – close) will feature a DJ and drink specials served by Audubon Zoo’s animal care team. Guests are invited to wear their wackiest flamingo costume for the chance to win prizes*.
On Saturday “Let’s get Fizzical” (4p.m. – close) continues with another guest DJ and Bubbles Night, with drink specials for the night, including half priced bottles of champagne.
At Flamingle Brunch (all day) on Sunday, National Pink Flamingo Day, guests are welcome to bring their dog for a Best Flamingo/Summertime Dog Attire Contest*. The winner will receive free “pup eats” for a year (punch card of 12 puppy plates).
*Costume contest winners will be announced on Monday via social media.
Remember the hostile, competitive days in the hospitality industry? Blissfully, those days are gone and the Era of Mutual Cooperation has firmly taken hold. Everyone – proprietors, staff, patrons – benefits. Case in point: On Sunday Bywater American Bistro (BAB, 2900 Chartres St., 504.605.3827, bywateramericanbistro.com) will launch its Second Annual Guest Bartender Series. James Beard “Best Chef: South” Nina Compton and Chef/Partner Levi Raines have the room to share the wealth and spread some love, so they do. Hence from 8-10 p.m., BABs Head Bartender Crystal Pavlas will welcome Ajax Kentish of Longway Tavern behind the bar for an evening of creative cocktails and conversation.
For one night only, cocktail enthusiasts can indulge in summer-inspired libations by Kentish, a London native. He will be showcasing a variety of cocktails including Smokin’ Louie (Monkey Shoulder, Green Chartreuse, Montenegro, and orange bitters with a peated whisky rinse and grapefruit zest), Tres Agaves (Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Espolon Blanco, Peychauds, lime and egg white) and How Do You Like Them Apples (coconut rum, gin, Midori and fresh lemon and lime). Kentish will also serve up a secret Bartender’s Choice concoction, available upon request.
Guests can also enjoy Pavlas’ signature BABs cocktails.
Chank-a-Chank, no matter how great a deal, nothing beats FREE! Such is the case with the 2019 Cajun-Zydeco Festival (jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco) happening Saturday and Sunday in Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart St.,) from 11 a.m. – 7 :30 p.m. Presented by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, this two-day fest features exclusively Cajun-Zydeco music, a large crafts tent, and plenty of performances. It’s the season for seafood, so that’s what a diverse group of food vendors will feature. Louisiana oysters, shrimp, catfish, crab, boudin and alligator are on the menu. There will be 10 vendors of savory entrees and four for cool and refreshing desserts.
Grammy winners The Lost Bayou Ramblers will headline the festival this year, as will Grammy nominee Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and 2010 Grammy winner Chubby Carrier. Singer and fiddler Amanda Shaw will present her new show, “Joie D’Louisiane,” dedicated to traditional Cajun fiddle stylings and Cajun French singing.
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Daiquiri Queens
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Bruce Daigrepont
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nouveaux Cajun Express
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lost Bayou Ramblers
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Joie D’ Louisiane by Amanda Shaw
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chubby Carrier
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie
This event happens rain or shine. Pets are not allowed. While the event is free, donations are gratefully accepted and festival presenters request that you keep it free by patronizing its food and beverage vendors. Except for those with specific dietary restrictions or special needs, they ask that you not bring coolers or ice chests with outside food and beverages. Camp chairs or folding chairs are welcome.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.