It’s Almost Summertime! DTCC 3rd Wednesday Returns June 19

Downtown Culver City turns up the heat this summer with three crowd-pleasing Third Wednesday tasting events. Back by popular demand, this year’s “Taste of Summer” includes the popular Spiked Lemonade Tasting on June 19; SummerTini Tasting on July 17; and Spiked Tropical Punch Tasting on Aug. 21.

Admission and tastings are free, with non-alcoholic options always available.

Look for the balloons between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of June, July and August to identify participating restaurants, bars and retail outlets throughout the Downtown area. Each participating business will have a unique and delicious sample to try.

Last year’s creative mixology recipes included “Culver Side Car Lemonade,” made from Western Grace brandy, orange cordial and lemonade; the “Culvertini,” featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, kaffir lime, ginger, lime and soda; the “Flora Martini,” a combination of serrano infused vodka soju, orange blossom water, orange bitters, agave and karrif lime; “Spiked Hermosa,” non-alcoholic “Spicy Culver Blvd”; Matcha “Sake-nade,” Japanese Whiskey “Yuzu-nade” or “Tini-Tropicale.”

Pick up a Third Wednesday “passport” at your first stop, then get it stamped each time you cool off with a unique taste or sip. Make your way from one end of Culver City’s charming and walkable downtown area to the other, stopping at popular Downtown Culver City hangouts like Akasha, AR Cucina, Cafe Vida, City Tavern, Kay ’n’ Dave’s, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, LaRocco’s Pizzeria, Lundeen’s Gift Shop, Rush Street and The Culver Hotel — and enjoy live music in the streets along the way. At the end of each evening, turn in your passport to vote for your favorite mixology recipe and be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes.

Summertime is the best season to explore Downtown Culver City, with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, one-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries, theaters and unique restaurants opening onto tree-lined streets.

Take advantage of Downtown Culver City’s universal valet parking system: cars may be dropped off at any one of the convenient locations, then picked up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Or just leave your car at home and take Uber, Lyft or hop on the Metro’s Expo Line to the Culver City Station.

For more information about Downtown Culver City and upcoming events, visit www.downtownculvercity.com

Lucy Pollock

www.culvercitysymphony.org

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