“It is with a heavy heart that we cannot return to San Juan this year, but the safety and well being of our host communities is our top priority. We feel incredibly grateful to have an international platform that will enable us to shine a light on Puerto Rico during our New Orleans conference. We are hard at work with all of our partners to ensure it’s a safe and beautiful festival. In the meantime, please continue to patronize the bars and restaurants in your community that rely so heavily on our support at this time.”

After much consideration, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has made the determination to cancel this year’s Tales on Tour 2020: Puerto Rico (originally slated for April 19-22, 2020). Given the global reach of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, an international non-profit aimed at Educating, Supporting and Advancing the spirits industry worldwide, several factors outside of the current COVID-19 spread in the United States impacted the decision to cancel this year’s Tales on Tour. Last year, attendees traveled from over 20 countries to San Juan for the conference which, if repeated this year, would put the island and locals at significant, undue risk. The safety of attendees and host cities continues to remain the organization’s top priority.

If you purchased a ticket for Tales on Tour, you have the option to either have your tickets fully refunded or to donate your refund to one of our Day of Service Partners. Please email tickets@talesofthecocktail.org to start this process.

We understand that many of you have purchased airline tickets and booked lodging, and apologize for the inconvenience of having to cancel these reservations. Please contact your airline and lodging accommodations directly, as many organizations are being flexible in their cancellation policies at this time.

If you would like to read the Foundation’s full statement, please find it here.

Tales on Tour is a four-day festival featuring renowned bartenders sharing insights during a Day of Education, Beyond the Bar programming (centered on mental health and wellness programming), a Day of Service (community service projects to aid post-hurricane and earthquakes in Puerto Rico), Spirited Dining +Drinking events, and the organization’s signature Cocktail Apprentice Program. Tales on Tour is the opportunity to experience a taste of what Tales of the Cocktail® is all about in an unforgettable city with successful stops in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Edinburgh, and Puerto Rico.


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