Seminars: Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Location: Tropicana

1st Annual Arizona Tiki Oasis Hangover Brunch

El Vez (aka the Mexican Elvis) will wake you up with his songs and eccentric life stories. There will be prizes and a delicious brunch created by Hotel Valley Ho. Pajama’s are optional.
Brunch Buffet includes:
~ Two tokens to use towards Bloody Mary, Virgin Mary or Eye Opener Mocktail!*
~ Scrambled Eggs with Chives, Cheddar Cheese and Salsa on the Side
~ Pecanwood Bacon and/or Vegan Sausage
~ Chef’s Selection of Potatoes
~ Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter
~ Pastry Chef’s Selection of Baked Goods, Breads, and Bagels with Whipped Cream Cheese, Fruit Preserves, Nutella, and Butter
~ Build Your Own Parfait Bar
~ Selection of Fresh Juices, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Gourmet Tea
Gluten-free options available upon request in advance.
* Bar with drink specials will be available.
Gratuity Included. Non-Refundable. Entertainment subject to change.

10:30am – 12noon
Location: Sands
All Ages

Disneyland Goes Tiki w/ David “Dr. Skipper” Marley

Dr. Skipper is back with new adventures. This time he will talk about the artists and inspirations behind the creation of Disneyland’s Adventureland and the Enchanted Tiki Room. From the imaginations of Disney artists such as Rolly Crump and Harper Goff to the first gallery exhibition of tiki art in the United States, the inspiration came from many sources. Marley will also share wild cast member stories about The Enchanted Tiki Room from his book More Skippers Stories: True Tales From Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise.

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley is a former Jungle Cruise Skipper and has taught history at California State University, Fullerton. His books, Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise, and its sequel, More Skipper Stories, is the first oral history of a Disneyland attraction. A former stand up comic, Marley is the creator and producer of the popular Jungle Cruise based stand up comedy show The Skipper Show. His next book, The Jungle Cruise: The Crazy History of Walt’s Wildest Ride will be published early summer 2020. | website

2pm – 3:30pm
Location: Sands, 21+

2nd Annual Arizona Tiki Oasis Bartender Battle

The 2nd Annual Arizona Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in Arizona against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only ONE can win the title of Arizona Tiki Oasis Bartender Battle Champ 2020!

2pm – 3:00pm
Location: Soho


The Art of Garnishes and Mocktails

Are you interested in upping your home bartender game? Wanting your cocktails to stand out above the rest? Wondering what to serve teetotalers when they come to visit? No problem.  In this seminar Adam Henry of Hidden Harbor will share garnish secrets to add character and style to your drinks AND Matt & Kaylee from Iconic Cocktail Co will make sure you walk away with recipes to delicious Mocktail concoctions that will have no one wondering, where’s the booze?

Owners of Iconic Cocktail Co Matt Farrow & Kaylee Nedley create small-batch handcrafted cocktail mixers for the home bar. Iconic mixers are designed to just be the flavor component to a cocktail or soda. Their focus is on flavor and real ingredients. They cut back on sugar and never use artificial flavoring. I Website

Adam Henry is co-owner, cocktail director, and “guy who does the Instagram page” at Hidden Harbor in Pittsburgh – “America’s Most Eccentric Tiki Mecca” (Punch Magazine, 2016) . Since opening in 2016, Hidden Harbor has earned national acclaim for its contemporary take on the American tiki tradition, integrating cutting-edge kitchen techniques into classically inspired tiki drinks and working closely with dozens of artists to help shape the look of Tiki in the 21st century. I Website

Location: Soho


How to make a Tiki Garden

Join Coby, Phoenix local landscape designer and owner of Pueblo Life, in an in-depth review of the best plant and design choices for creating your dream Tiki Garden, both outside and inside your home. Topics to include: Appropriate plant selections, desert and drought resistant plants, creating a backyard ecosystem, and creating a multi-layered design.

Coby Bruckner calls the Sonoran Desert home but draws inspiration from all corners of the globe when it comes to plants and landscape design. He is passionate about creating environments that function at every level to meet aesthetic, environmental and ecological goals. When not behind the drawing board Coby spends his time tending to his greenhouse plants or working in his desert garden. | website

10am – 11:30am
Location: Hotel Valley Ho
All Ages

Hotel Valley Ho Magical History Tour w/ACE BAILEY

Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved mid-century-modern hotels in the country. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the buildings and grounds while exploring the hotel’s classic design elements. Did you know that Hotel Valley Ho was a true Hollywood hideaway? In its heyday, host to Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others!

Ace Bailey has worked in the arts and tourism fields for 20 years. Prior to establishing Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours she designed and conducted art tours both locally and throughout the Southwest, Seattle, and the Northwest coast. In 2010, Ace was appointed to the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission. Currently she hosts the Magical Mystery Tour at the Hotel Valley Ho. | website