Ottawa Is Taking Mixology To A New Level!

By on March 14, 2017

Gone are the days where a cocktail was just a cocktail. Today, we see an exciting new surge of enthusiasm regarding mixology. Much like a chef in the kitchen, these barchefs are taking cocktail making to a whole new level!

We are seeing talented bartenders displaying their innovative skills in the most unique manner ever when making their tasty and mind-blowing libations! Much like culinary competitions, there are now mixology competitions for bartenders to show off their creativity and spirit savviness.

Our very own city, Ottawa, will be hosting the regional finals of Canada’s largest mixology competition, MadeWithLove.

Ottawa will be seeing 16 barchefs from our neighbouring bars and restaurants compete for the crown of Ottawa’s BEST Barchef for 2017 !!

MadeWithLove is an annual event that allows guests to discover what their city’s craft cocktail scene has to offer. And believe me, Ottawa’s barchefs are something else. They have become a force to be reckoned with!

MadeWithLove organizers explained that the competition has been running since 2009 and is now the biggest mixology competition in Canada. They started to run the events in the biggest cities, but then approached some smaller ones starting with Halifax, Winnipeg, and then Calgary.

“We love hosting the regional finals in smaller cities as it really helps to grow the cocktail culture. Ottawa was ready to have its own regional finals. We had many registrations from the bartenders who wanted to compete and the bar where we hosted the qualifiers was full of supporters. Of course, the Ottawa regional finals has its place among the other cities in Canada and it will be part from now on in our national tour.”

“An internationally renowned mixology competition that combines creativity and extravagance”

Ottawa’s 16 talented Competitors: 

Christopher Vachon – Salt Dining + Lounge
Eric Romolock – Fauna Ottawa
Andrew Mc – Bar Laurel
Jay Doggey – Common Eatery
Julian Bernard – Fauna Ottawa
Jeff Taylor – South Block Whiskey Bar
Mark McLachlan – Atari
Gabriel Tessier – Datsun
Marty Pineaultey – Ace Mercado
Simon Hodgson – Riviera Ottawa
Simon Lemay – Fairouz
Taylor Provan – steak & sushi
Aryn Åver – Bar Robo
Cristin Price – Bar Laurel
Stephane Duval – Carben Food + Drinks
Micke Chatham – EVOO Greek Kitchen

JUDGES’ CHOICE WINNER:

Cocktails will be judged on their originality, creativity, and taste. Judges will look for passion, expert knowledge, distinct ingredients and the way competitors incorporate these elements in their cocktail creation. The bartender who will be attributed the most points will go on to the National Finals in May 2017 and will have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of the MADE WITH LOVE’s affiliated distilleries.

PUBLIC’S CHOICE WINNER:

Every guest will receive a «dogtag» necklace. After having tasted the competitors’ cocktails, the guests will have to give their «dogtag» to their favorite Barchef. The bartender who will have collected the most necklaces will also be eligible to the National Finals in May 2017 and will have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of the MADE WITH LOVE’s affiliated distilleries.

The two crowned winners of each category, People’s Choice and Jury’s Choice, will represent Ottawa at the National Finals taking place in Montreal in May 2017.

Vital information:

Where: Horticulture Building, in Lansdowne Park

When: Monday March 20, 2017

Time: 6pm – 11pm

Tickets: $65 (pre-sale) at each participating bar or $75 at the door.

Tickets include a full tasting of all competing cocktails & delectable food-pairings, affiliated showcase cocktails & foods as well as having the opportunity to vote for the public’s choice winner. 19 years+ // Non-refundable.

Come out and vote for your favourite barchefs as they create and present original tantilizing cocktails that pair perfectly with some delicious food pairings!

Cheers!

 

 

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