October has always been a special month for us here at the Coachella Valley Independent, because it was in October three years ago that we moved from a quarterly print schedule to become a monthly in print.

Well, now it’s time for us to take another big step: The Coachella Valley Independent will spend the month of October finalizing the details of our first signature event.

Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week will take place Nov. 11-19. Bars and restaurants valley-wide will be invited to create a special craft cocktail, and offer it for sale for $6 during those nine days. Bars and restaurants will be asked to donate at least $2 from the sales of that special cocktail to our charities: The LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s Community Food Bank, and the Desert AIDS Project’s Food Depot.

The week will also include a variety of events. Participating restaurants and bars will be invited to offer special cocktail classes and cocktail-paired meals—and celebrate the art of the cocktail in any way they choose.

We’ll also be holding two major events during Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week. Our Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Competition will feature various valley bartenders competing to see who can create the most delicious drink without using any liquor or spirits. After all, people who don’t drink alcohol shouldn’t just be stuck with coffee, tea, juice or soda, right?

The biggest event of them all will take place the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17: The Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Competition will be held at the Purple Palms Restaurant at the gorgeous Colony Palms Hotel. Local comedian Shann Carr will host as eight of the Coachella Valley’s top bartenders and mixologists battle it out in the Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Cocktail Championship. Attendees and an esteemed panel of judges will both vote to determine the winners. (Yes, attendees will get to try all of the cocktails!)

More details will unfold in the month to come; visit pscraftcocktails.com for updates. Also, be sure to pick up the November edition of the Independent, which will feature a special pullout section explaining everything about the event.

If you know of a bar or restaurant that should be involved, drop me a line at the email address below!

In the meantime … you might have heard that an election is approaching. We have done a whole lot of election coverage—with even more yet to come. In fact, our election coverage is on the cover of our October print edition, which is hitting streets valley-wide this week.

As always, thanks for reading, and please email me with any feedback you may have.

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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...