With so many beer festivals, it's nice to see an event offer a more spirited option like the annual Aces & Agave.
This third annual event, which raises funds for the Weill Child Guidance Foundation, will bring tastings of whiskey and flavored tequila to the mix Saturday at Elements Venue. Along with appetizers, guests can enjoy a taco bar (choice of steak or chicken) with all the accompaniments.
Cigars will be available for purchase at an outdoor cigar lounge.
The name also speaks to the event's other key component: gaming. Aces & Agave offers an evening of casino-style games such as poker, pure 21.5 blackjack, and let it ride Texas Hold ’em tournaments. Admission includes $200 in play money for gaming.
A silent auction will feature a variety of items to spark bidders' interest. Some highlights include a basketball signed by Golden State Warrior Draymond Green, cooking class for six with chef Pat Coyle, Disneyland park hopper tickets, a chance to be a KGET-TV Channel 17 meteorologist for the day, training day with a Bakersfield Police Department specialty team (SWAT, K-9 or bomb squad), Propel Cloud Rider HD 2.0 Streaming Quadcopter Drone and a selection of gift baskets and cards.
Along with a good time, the evening serves as a fundraiser for the Weill Child Guidance Foundation, which runs the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a private nonprofit, outpatient mental health center for children and families. Since 1946, the clinic has provided individual, family and group counseling services for children, adolescents and families of Kern County. About 3,500 clients are served each year, with services including anger management, family reunification, parenting skills classes, support for non-parental caregivers and more.