The arrival of spring signals the departure of the Beachbum, as cocktail festivals bloom and he alights to smell the flowers garnishing his drinks. Here’s his itinerary, should you be in the neighborhood (especially the neighborhood bars):
On April 20, the Bum will take on Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell in a debate at the Miami Rum Renaissance entitled “Battle of the Rum Ambassadors.” Ian will make the case that he’s the world’s premiere ambassador of rum, while the Bum will take Don The Beachcomber’s side.
On April 29, the Bum will be in Buenos Aires to give a Tiki history seminar at the Tales of the Cocktail on Tour festival.
On May 7, he’ll be in Amsterdam to co-judge the Bols Around The World cocktail competition finals.
And on June 2, he’ll be at the Sunset Tiki Party in Tampa, Florida, followed by the Hukilau on June 7 in Fort Lauderdale, where he’ll lead a historical survey of “The Wild West Indies” and their even wilder drinks.
After these five solid days of work, the Bum will take a much-needed summer vacation. Followed by his fall and winter vacations. With any luck, he will then be rested enough to take on an even more punishing spring 2014 schedule.