Party Under the Palms: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Summer Sips, Oaktown Style

Unwind under the palm trees at Jack London Square with the coolest craft cocktails as CUESA and the United States Bartenders Guild present the second annual Oakland edition of the popular Cocktails of the Farmers Market series. Let talented East Bay bartenders perk up your palate with innovative drinks showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the Jack London Square Farmers Market.

At this sun-dappled outdoor happy hour party, guests receive four full-sized signature cocktails featuring Jack Daniel’s, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Pernod Ricard, and Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey, along with unlimited sample-size drinks. The scenic Palm Plaza—home of the Jack London Square Farmers Market on Sundays—transforms into your waterfront getaway, where you can sway to summer tunes, engage in outdoor activities, and savor the sunset by the Bay, all with refreshing summer sips in hand. Music provided by OAKHELLA, featuring Drow Flow.

New this year, we will have a variety of dinner options available for purchase. There will be no complimentary small bites included in your ticket purchase. Based on feedback at our inaugural fundraiser at Palm Plaza, we heard that you would like more substantial food offerings, so we’ve gathered a group of our favorite restaurants and food trucks for you to purchase from.

This year, CUESA celebrates 25 years of cultivating a healthy food system, and 10 years of partnering with the USBG for this groundbreaking Cocktails of the Farmers Market series. CUESA envisions an inclusive and sustainable food system, and our programs support the next generation of farmers, food entrepreneurs, and healthy eaters. Proceeds support this work and the USBG’s professional development programs.

Participating Bartenders:

Aaron Paul, Plum Bar
Alex Maynard, Starline Social Club
Brian Azevedo, Blind Tiger
Chris Mansury & Tina Marie Brackett, Fort Green
Collier Smith, Nido
Guillermo Rios, Double Standard
Hamei Hamedi-fard, El Patio
Jared Hirsch, Side Bar
Summer-Jane Bell, Hello Stranger
Sam Jimenez, Here’s How
Todd McKean & Julie Figueras, Oakland
Will Young, Beer Baron
Vita Simone, Copper Spoon

Presenting Spirits:

Jack Daniel’s, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Pernod Ricard, Writer’s Tears Irish Whiskey

Tasting Spirits:

Arkansas Black, Copper & Kings, Greenbar Distillery, Humboldt Distillery, Puente Internacional, Rhum Clément, Seedlip, Spring44, St. George Spirits

Non-Alcoholic Sips:


Food Available For Purchase:

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Mi Morena
Little Green Cyclo


CUESA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to educate urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and to create links between urban dwellers and local farmers. We manage the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco. We envision a healthy world nourished by environmentally sound, humane, economically viable, and socially just food systems.

About the USBG

The USBG is the most skilled, knowledgeable, and professional association of bartenders in the industry, uniting dedicated professionals in service to the traditions of our trade. Our mission is to empower bartenders in their careers, foster collaboration between members, and connect with the communities we serve.

Please note: Must be 21 years to attend. Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable. For nondrinkers and designated drivers, we will offer a few clearly marked nonalcoholic options.

Photos by Amanda Lynn Photography.