Annual Bartenders Bash & Holiday Expo Helps Define ‘The Florida Keys’
Bigger & Better Than Ever! May 13-15 in Islamorada at Postcard Inn the Renovated Holiday Isle Resort-Schedule Below
Determining whether this is the 12th, 13th or the 14th Annual Bartenders Bash and Holiday Expo is just part of the all-out fun that can be expected at the legendary beach party for Bartenders and their guests that takes place in the Florida Keys May 13-15.
This year the event will have a bigger and better schedule of events and thousands of Hospitality Industry Professionals and selected brands and vendors will return to Islamorada to the same place, but The Holiday Isle Resort is now the newly renovated Postcard Inn .
The celebration began as a bartender party sponsored by mostly beverage distributors as an appreciation to the real salespeople of the industry that was held at Islamorada’s legendary Holiday Isle Tiki Bar, the same place that the now bar standard and original, ‘Rumrunner’ was created in the late 1950′s.
This year the new Postcard Inn is teaming up with some new and promotion motivated suppliers and their brands like Hard Rock Vodka and InTheBiz® Magazine will sponsor and present the first ever “BarLympics”, that is sure to take the varied Bartender Competitions to a new level. Rob Husted from FlairBar.com and staff will host one of the more celebrated National Flair Bartender contests both Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15.
But if it’s the daily open bar that you look forward to or maybe the thousands of bikini-clad babes and muscle-bound hunks that pour into and out of the boats, bars and that world famous Tiki Bar they are all standard and will be part of the admission.
So are the Bar against Bar Volleyball Competition, Water Volleyball, Beer Pong, Table Tennis and other activities as are a great collection of DJ’s led by Mobile Mike who not only hosts the most anticipated and best bikini contest in the Florida Keys but also brings a fleet of Monster Trucks, Buses and other Vehicles for the entire party.
It’s billed as ‘the perfect end of season party’ and according to bar professional Ed ‘Eddie Fishbowl’ Sheridan it still is…but as it got more popular it was forced to be ‘toned down’.
‘Ed Fish’ who pours great drinks at Groove Street of Fort Myers, Florida will attend the 2012 Holiday Expo at Postcard Inn but he was also at the first ‘Bartender’s Bash’ in 1997 and has only missed the party twice.
“It started back in ’97 with the staff of Club 1527, then the staff of Peter’s LaCuisine, and through the Eddie Fishbowl’s years”, said Sheridan who will make the four-plus hour drive down and what he calls ‘the long, very painful ride home’ with old friends and bartenders from the former Ricochet and some of the staff of The Dek in Cape Coral Florida.
“It’s still a good time for the newbies, and I get to reminisce” said Sheridan who remembers the first few years as the best. “That damn interweb! They stopped the craziness with the birth of the camera phone. It was like 1999 when they got better and were good enough to easy to be uploaded forever. The liquor reps were getting in trouble as the party was getting bigger”, added Sheridan.
The party is also a way for many products to get introduced and friends to meet and rekindle from all over the United States. This year, Hard Rock Vodka will sponsor events on Day Two and Three.
“I wouldn’t miss it and look forward to it every year”, said Ed Sheridan who said his fondest memory was when The Holiday Isle would allow ‘Hospitality Suites’ sponsored by liquor companies. ” The year the body painted Penthouse Pets shared a suite with Jager, Grey Goose, and Redbull…it was off the chain . That was the last year of the hospitality suites and that mayhem”.
Hospitality Expo and Bartenders Bash
Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle
84001 Overseas Highway,
Islamorada, The Florida Keys 33036
Sunday, May 13
1 pm-5 pm: Yishka performs at the Oceanfront Pool
8pm-12am: In the Biz Vendor Appreciation Party with DJ Sam in the Tiki Bar
Monday, May 14
10am-8pm: Barfly Entertainment DJ Show at Floaters Pool Bar
11am-1pm:Vendor Sample Areas Open
2 pm: Bartenders Skills Competition
4 pm: BarLympics Volleyball Competition – Rum Runners Beach
6 pm: BarLympics Beer Pong Tournament – Tiki Bar
9pm-2am: I-Land Vibe performs in the Tiki Bar
Tuesday, May 15
10 am-8 pm: Barfly Entertainment DJ Show at Floaters Pool Bar
11 am-1 pm: Vendor Sample Areas Open
2 pm: Mobile Mike’s World Famous Bikini Contest sponsored by In the Biz, Tropical Delights, Forest Tek Lumber and David Lee Construction
4 pm: BarLympics Martini Mayhem – Tiki Bar
5 pm: Beach Side Buffet Dinner
6 pm: BarLympics Cherry Picking – Tiki Bar
9 pm-2 am: I-Land Vibe performs in the Tiki Bar
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