In the Bay Area, when you’re looking for summer, head east.

That theory played out well when CUESA, the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, hosted its last cocktails event for the year last night with its summer edition, “Party Under the Palms.” For the first time, this popular farmers market cocktail event took place on the East Bay in Oakland.

With temperatures in the mid-70s and the sun setting over the water of Jack London Square, the summer cocktails event was a sold-out affair, with more than 400 attendees tasting small bites from East Bay restaurants and food vendors, and countless tasting cups of cocktails from local bars and restaurants such as Tupper & Reed, Blind Tiger, The Double Standard, Penrose, Starline Social Club and Sidebar.

Like other CUESA cocktails event, the drinks by various bartenders were made using ingredients featuring fresh produce from the farmers market. (BTW, CUESA took over the Sunday Jack London Square farmers market and will be organizing the farmers in the spot where the event took place, in the sandy mini plaza adjacent to Bocanova restaurant.) With summer, that meant a lot of cocktails featuring stone fruits and melons.

It was a fun night under the palms and summer sky. Looking forward to seeing this event again in Oakland!

Pouring a cocktail from The Double Standard.

“Summer Sloe Dance” from The Miranda featured Spirit Works sloe gin, Flavor Gem pluot, lemon verbena and tarragon sugar rims.

People at Le Cheval serving up a dipping sauce for its fried chicken wings (which I skipped, naturally).

Housemade coppa with melon from Bull Valley Roadhouse.

The “Oakland Stroke” from Blind Tiger, featuring Ketel One vodka, melon, lemon verbena, honey, and local wildflower.

Another featured cocktail: The “Don Palm” by Tupper & Reed featuring roasted nopales infused Don Julio with blistered heirloom tomato shrub, lemon juice, Collins, and finished off with light beer.

“Razz Dazzler” by The Double Standard featuring Jack Daniel’s, raspberry, lemon verbena, soda and citrus.

Vegan paella whipped up by Venga Paella.

One of the prettiest drink of the night from Sidebar.

A cocktail made like a float with plum sorbet and soda.

Macarons for dessert from Shades of Sugar (SOS) Bakeshop.

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