Round 1 of the Mount Gay Caribbean Cocktail Contest ends on a high note
Bartenders from across the region have had the opportunity to be internationally recognized for their mixology skills, thanks to the Mount Gay Rum International Bartender Competition. The event was organized locally by CPJ Saint Lucia, the official distributors of Mount Gay Rum.
The local leg of the event took place on Saturday, June 25, with six participants vying for the title and a cash prize of US$500. The organizers think their selected St. Lucian mixologist has what it takes to win the all-around. He received an all-expenses-paid trip to Barbados, where the 2nd stage of the competition will be held in August 2022, for International Rum Day, and the grand prize winner will attend the London Rum Festival from October 14-18, 2022.
Judges stressed the importance of using local products in competitions, especially internationally. Participants in this year’s competition are highly experienced, confident in their mixology skills, and applaud initiatives like this that bring together talented bartenders for much-needed industry exposure.
The local leg of the competition featured three classifications, including the overall winner, Mr. Ed Richard, who will represent Saint Lucia first at the regional leg and then at the international leg of the competition. Caribbean Producers St. Lucia Limited (CPJ), Wine and Spirits Sales Manager, Denver Alcee and the team would like to extend their congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Ed Richard.