This summer, step into a sunny village of Polynesian bars for a taste of the laid-back, tropical atmosphere of the South Pacific islands. Spirit of Tiki is a unique London festival celebrating all that’s fun about vibrant tiki culture, with a focus on the region’s favourite spirit – rum! Join like-minded cocktail lovers in sampling a range of creations from expert mixologists, discovering the unique flavours of a selection of first-class rums (and other spirits). Soak up tiki art in the form of colourful statues, flowers and hula dancing and savour street food in the sunshine to the sounds of tiki tunes. An unmissable chance to get involved in a range of exciting activities whilst learning about tiki from top bars and brands in the capital!
Spirit of Tiki was conceptualised by Georgi Radev and Roger Barnes, leading experts in the tiki and rum industries. Georgi Radev is bar manager at Mahiki, one of London’s most exclusive nightspots and its undisputed tiki capital. His knowledge of rum, cocktails and tiki culture is second to none, and his advice has helped brands worldwide. Roger Barnes is a globally-renowned rum enthusiast, who has owned and managed top food and beverage franchises in London. With over 20 years’ experience in rum and premium spirits, he knows all the key industry personnel. Together, they created Spirit of Tiki, with the aim of educating brands and consumers about tiki the exciting way – through taste, smell, sight, sound and feel!
A platinum-selling recording artist who has performed for millions around the world, Andy Abraham is one of Britain’s most exciting male vocalists. Dubbed the ‘voice of the people’, Andy shot to fame when he finished runner-up on the world-famous TV show The X-Factor In 2005. He has backed up the reputation he forged on the show with scores of highly successful live shows, and four popular UK tours. Andy’s incredible vocal talent has seen him perform to sell out audiences at world famous venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. Andy will add the extra spice and closing flourish to the Spirit of Tiki Cocktail Festival on Saturday 15th July. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to soak up the sun, enjoy exotic cocktails, nibble on mouth-watering tropical food and listen to the soulful voice of Andy Abraham only at #SOT17, Regent’s Park.
Spirit of Tiki 2016 dazzled the world when we created the world’s largest Pina Colada in our 500-litre artificial pineapple. It was the highlight of the event and entertained those who watched and most of all the bar industry that helped us blend it with a cement mixer.
Spirit of Tiki 2017 will not disappoint this year as our madness has no boundaries. We will remove the filling from a 4-foot boxing punch bag and line it with plastic. Inside the boxing bag we will then pour the ingredients with the assistance of our bar industry friends. During the process Georgi Radev, our Tiki master will guide through his commentary on the mix to ensure a balanced punch recipe whilst entertaining us with his wit and humour.
Once blended the punch will be filled with ice and require mixing. Up comes our boxer on stage. The bag will be punched from all directions to give the punch a well-deserved mix.
Finally, the bag will be punctured and punch will flow to be drunk by all those involved.