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Calling All Bartenders and Mixologists!

sfwf2015_bartendingchallenge_tasting_rc-1Attention all bartenders and mixologists! Do you have what it takes to go up against the best of the best? The Savannah Food & Wine Festival is looking for talented bartenders and mixologists to compete in the third annual Bartenders Challenge for the chance to win our $1,000 Grand Prize! This signature, festival event will be returning to the Taste of Savannah on November 14, 2015 at our new location, the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

Participating bartenders and mixologists must create their own cocktail using one of the sponsor brands: Absolut Vodka, Partida Tequila, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur (Rum, Sake, Gin and Whiskey sponsor brands TBD). All cocktails must contain only four mixing ingredients, including the base spirit and garnish. Bartenders are allowed to infuse up to three ingredients as one of the four overall ingredients in their drink recipe. All base spirits products will be donated by the sponsor brands for the Bartenders Challenge; all secondary ingredients needed must be supplied by the participant (many of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival’s distributor partners are willing to consider possible donations for secondary spirit ingredients needed from participants for the Bartenders Challenge).

This year, each bartender must bring everything with them needed to prepare their drink including glassware, bar tools, mixers, garnishes, knives, cutting boards, towels, etc. The host location will provide ice.

Already excited? Well, you don’t have to wait! The festivities begin long before the actual Savannah Food & Wine Festival with preliminary and semi-final rounds taking place at various locations around Savannah throughout the month of October, leading up to the final round at the Taste of Savannah.

  • Monday, October 12: Bourbon & Vodka Round
  • Top Deck, Cotton Sail Hotel, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, October 19: Tequila, Rum & Sake Round
  • Rocks on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, October 26: Gin, Whiskey & Cordial Round
  • Savannah Cocktail Co., 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Each semi-final category winner will receive $200 and will move on to the final round at the Taste of Savannah. The public is invited to come out and cheer on the competitors during these advance competition rounds. Admission is only $10 at each event and comes with two free sponsor brand drinks.

The Savannah Food & Wine Festival will award the overall winning cocktail and bartenders with the $1,000 Grand Prize at the final round of the competition at the Taste of Savannah.

Interested bartenders and mixologists can register for the Bartenders Challenge HERE. Bartenders are eligible to sign up for multiple categories but registration is limited to the first 10 bartenders who sign up per category so act fast! Deadline to register is October 10, 2015.          

If you’d rather drink than make drinks, then get your tickets to the Taste of Savannah and watch as the bartenders go head-to-head to try to prove who can make Savannah’s best cocktail!

For a full schedule of events, visit www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com.

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