The bartending community is descending upon Portland in droves as the city’s annual Cocktail Week kicks off. From green bartenders to seasoned veterans, the next seven days will be dedicated to all things cocktail. During the day, students will attend classes run by the best of the best in the industry. After hours debauchery will ensue, no doubt.
But before the festivities kick it into high gear, the week starts off with a giving back of sorts. Hosted by The Bon Vivants, the annual volunteer day brings together over 70 bartenders to work at a local charter school. From painting to gardening to construction, volunteers come together to donate labour. This year’s recipient was the Portland Village School. To date, this event series has raised over $200,000 and volunteered 6431 cumulative hours at charter schools in Portland, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Austin, and Miami.
The volunteer day is followed by the annual Swig and Swine party. Also hosted by The Bon Vivants, the celebration is an afternoon of eating, drinking, and raising money for charity. Here’s a glimpse at yesterday’s volunteers day at the Portland Village School. Cheers to all the volunteers that took the time to come out in support of such a rad cause!