The potent potables were judged by a panel made up of Festival of Trees sponsors and decorators.
“Our judges really enjoyed Treesome,” says Kirsten O’Donnell of the Festival of Trees committee. “The drink has a distinct cocoa and coffee flavor, and a bit of a kick to it. Even though it’s a chilled cocktail, I think reminded the judges of drinking hot chocolate on chilly winter nights.”
The Festival of Trees is a week-long holiday celebration that begins the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) with a free showcase of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. Last year, nearly 5,000 visitors attended the festival, which continues for a full week.
Spirits of Bacchus’ winning drink will be served at the Tux & Trees Gala on December 3. The Gala is a black-tie optional auction and fundraiser, which concludes the Festival of Trees. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.tuxandtrees.com.
Both events are hosted by the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation (http://www.goodwillswfl.org/
In four years, the Festival and Gala have raised nearly $215,000 to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence.
The Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala are presented with the assistance of sponsorships from The Home Depot, the Fort Myers News-Press, D’Latinos Magazine, Azteca America SWFL and Sunny 106.3.
More information about the Festival of Trees, the Tux & Trees Gala, and other related holiday event is available at http://www.tuxandtrees.com.
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The Festival of Trees and Tux & Trees Gala are held annually in the Fort Myers River District, beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The events are signature fundraisers of the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.