Picnic on the Plaza: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Savor Summer’s Best, One Sip at a Time

Break out the picnic tables and fire up the grill! With daylight hours lasting long into the evening, CUESA and the United States Bartenders Guild are taking advantage of the sunshine to set up a city-style picnic in front of the Ferry Building. In our pop-up urban oasis, cool down with craft cocktails from the Bay’s best bars, featuring peak summer produce and classic picnic ingredients—think corn, peppers, watermelon, tomatoes—and snack on upscale cookout fare from the city’s hottest restaurants.

Guests receive three full-sized, signature cocktails featuring Cointreau, Disaronno, and Larceny Bourbon, along with unlimited sample-size drinks. Restaurants provide small bites in this happy hour event, where you’ll unwind with our summer playlist, best your besties in foodie lawn games, and vote for your favorite drink and bite to win prizes. At the end of the evening, catch twilight descending on the waterfront in a perfect finale to a city summer night.

All proceeds from the evening support CUESA’s sustainable agriculture educational initiatives and the USBG’s professional development programs. This is our last Cocktails of the Farmers Market party of 2016—don’t miss out!

Bartenders include:

Suzu Christian, 15 Romolo

Jessi Lorraine, Absinthe

Jennifer Seidman, Acme Bar & Co. & Handlebar

Brice Sanchez, Blackwater Station

Max Gerasimenko, Cafe du Nord

Anthony Cozeck, Comstock Saloon

Raul Ayala & Brian Means, Dirty Habit

Nicolas Torres, Lazy Bear

Nick Jones, Pabu Izakaya

Pilar Reyes & Matt Harrison, Penrose 

Jeff Lyon, Third Rail

John Codd, Tradition

Karlo Pentic, Twin Peaks Tavern

Maritza Rocha-Alvarez & Jr. Tonatiuh, Whitechapel

Presenting spirits include:

Disaronno, Larceny Bourbon, and Remy Cointreau

Tasting spirits include:

No. 209 Gin, Batiste Rhum, Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, Lo-Fi Apertifs, The Real McCoy Rum, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Singani 63, Spirit Works Distillery Vodka, Suerte Tequila, St. George Spirits, Venus Spirits

Participating restaurants include:

4505 Meats
Blackwater Station
The Farmer’s Wife
Lazy Bear
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Picnic on Third
Red Dog Restaurant
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen 


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 have managed the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market since 1999. 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 and Valter Fabiano.