Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix 2016 Starts Today!

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Today is day 1 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix that is held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The gates at the Circuit of the Americas will open each day at 7am. The 3-day F1 event will include performances by Taylor Swift and Usher with the Roots on the Super Stage.

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On Friday the events at Circuit of the Americas will end by 6:40pm. On Saturday the Taylor Swift concert starts at 7pm and on Sunday the Usher with the Roots concert starts at 6.00. The concerts will be general admission and all holders of a Saturday ticket for USGP weekend (including the 3-Day GA wristband) will have access to the Taylor Swift concert.

For the schedule of F1 events at Circuit of the Americas click here and to buy a tickets plus directions click here.

If you are not going to the Formula 1 Grand Prix races there are still some events in Austin that are Formula 1 themed. Below are some events that are celebrating the Formula 1 races this weekend.

BLUE PARTY ATX

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Time: 10:00pm – 4am

Where: 213 West 5th St, Austin, TX View Map

FRIDAY NIGHTS MUSIC:

  • DJ Jake Brice
  • Chicken George
  • Go Go Garcia

SATURDAY NIGHTS MUSIC:

  • Mixer Rogers
  • DJ Bigface
  • Chorizo Funk

BOSE “F1 GARAGE EXPERIENCE

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When: 10/17/ 2016 – 10/23/ 2016

Time:

  • Monday October 17 through Friday 21st of October from 11AM to 5:30PM
  • Saturday, October 22, from 10AM to 8PM
  • Sunday, October 23, from 10AM to 6PM

Where: 323 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701

FAN FEST

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Where: 6th Street between San Jacinto Blvd and Neches Street

FRIDAY’S SHOWS

  • 5 PM – 6 PM: White Ghost Shivers
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Wino Vino
  • 8 PM – 9:45 PM: Boss Street Band
  • 10:15 PM – 12:00 AM: Flying Balalaika Brothers

SATURDAY SHOWS

  • 4:30 PM – 6 PM: Peligrosa’s DJ Manolo Black
  • 6:30 PM – 8 PM: Stella Cottrell
  • 8:30 PM – 10 PM: Riders Against The Storm – Body Rock
  • 10:30 PM – 12:00 AML Ducado Vega in celebration of Prince

I have already started celebrating Formula 1 weekend since Thursday where I attended the Chandon and McLaren Enjoy the SPARK with Jenson Button.chandon-event

The drink of the night was created by Jenson Button himself called SPARK by Jenson drink that is made with Chandon’s Brut.  It was delicious! I included the recipe in my post before the event but below is the recipe just in case you didn’t get a chance to read the post.

spark-jThe SPARK by Jenson

Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 68 oz. dry gin
  • 17 oz. lime
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 06 oz. Chandon Brut
  • Twisted lemon peel

Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon’s Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.

During the event Jenson Button did an on stage interview and towards the end there was some Q & A plus you get to get a picture with Jenson Button himself. Here is a video after asked how he got started racing.

Here is another video ask Jenson Button what’s next after he retires from racing. He mentioned he was really into cycling and marathons; maybe that will be what’s next for him. Here is a video with him candidly answering the question.

The Formula 1 fun has just started and today I plan to attend the Bose “F1 Garage Experience” event and Fan Fest, say hi if you see me!

TONIGHT: Chandon & McLaren Formula 1 Cocktails with Jenson Button

Tonight I will be attending the Chandon and McLaren’s Enjoy the SPARK with Jenson Button event in Austin, Texas as we gear up for the 3- Day Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix. The event is in celebration of the newly formed partnership between Chandon and McLaren.

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For the celebration Chandon has created two original SPARK cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. An original and elegant drink, the SPARK by Jenson is the newest twist to the classic English cocktail Gin & Tonic. Inspired by his Spanish Origins, the SPARK by Fernando blends spice taste profiles featuring pepper paired with grapefruit flavors. Below are the recipes and directions for The SPARK by Jenson and The SPARK by Fernando.

spark-jThe SPARK by Jenson Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 0.68 oz. dry gin
  • 0.17 oz. lime
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 4.06 oz. Chandon Brut
  • Twisted lemon peel

Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.

spark-aThe SPARK by Fernando Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes to chill
  • 0.33 oz. pink pepper berried syrup
  • 1.35 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2.03 oz. Chandon Brut
  • 1 chili pepper

Directions: Chill the pink pepper syrup and the grapefruit juice in the mixing glass. Strain the mixture to a flute glass and then add Chandon Brut. Garnish with chili pepper.

Chandon is one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley to visit when I lived in the Bay Area. I love their wine so much I probably went there more than twice a year when I lived near there. I’m excited to try the cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso attend the Q&A panel and also the meet and greet portion of the event.

This should be tons of fun or DANGEROUS since Chandon’s sparkiling and still wines are some of my favorites. I will be tweeting @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic using #EnjoytheSpark plus post video’s I can catch on my youtube.

I will also be attending today or in the next few days the Bose “F1 Garage Experience” in Austin per my previous post and will post on the above channels as well.

My first Formula 1 experience is starting off awesome (even though I’m not going to any of the races as of yet). Stay tuned for my recaps of both!