Devour Phoenix Hosts Fifth Annual Bartending Competition February 9th

Fifth Annual Devour Phoenix Bartending CompetitionCelebrating Phoenix's Local Cocktail Culture At Crescent Ballroom, Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 PM

PrintStart your shakers and let the pouring commence! Once again, it’s time for the Fifth Annual Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition, sponsored by Crescent Ballroom, Brand X, Local First Arizona and Arizona Distilling Company. To celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, seven “Startenders” go head-to-head to compete for the title of “Devour Phoenix Best Cocktail of the Valley 2014,” using locally-distilled Arizona Distilling Company Copper City Bourbon and Gin. Proceeds benefit the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition.

On the judging panel, we will feature last year’s winner, Kyle Landry, Layla Linn from the Arizona chapter of the US Bartending Guild, and seasoned mixologist, Jason Asher. Attendees who sample each cocktail may cast their vote as well, which will factor into the contestants’ overall scores. 

Tickets are only $20 and, in addition to admission and live music, include one sample of each beverage crafted—seven samples total. The event will feature three live acoustic music sets, and two energy-infused rounds of high-stakes mixology, emceed by the Arizona Republic’s illustrious Megan Finnerty. The Crescent Ballroom bar and restaurant will remain open for business during the event, and we strongly encourage patrons to support their local venue! T-shirts, sponsored by Brand X will also be available for the first time to purchase this year, for $10 each. 

For the first time, word of mouth interest drove more bartenders to us to compete than there was space. So this year, we held our first round of eliminations via social media and had fans vote for their favorites during the month of December. By Dec. 31st, fans selected seven bartenders from some of Phoenix’s finest cocktail establishments, including The Windsor, Maizie's Cafe, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Cafe at Phoenix Public Market, The Clever Koi, The Parlor Pizzeria and Kazimierz World Wine Bar. All seven are pumped and ready to get up on stage and shake their finest creations for you, the great city of Phoenix!

Tickets: $20 via Crescent Ballroom

About Devour Phoenix Proceeds from the event benefit the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition. Devour Phoenix is a city-wide, non-profit coalition of select, independent restaurants operating under the Local First Arizona umbrella. Devour Phoenix is working to maintain a forum for sharing ideas, purchasing power, and marketing dollars to advance dining in the Phoenix area; create an image for Phoenix that is a respected destination for dining and culinary exploration; share resources to strengthen and grow restaurants in Phoenix; manage and host events such as culinary festivals and restaurant crawls that will strengthen business and build awareness for all Phoenix restaurants and identify and encourage the use of local agriculture and local artisans as a means for increasing sustainability in the region.

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Want more? You can find the Bartending Competition on Facebook and follow the banter on Twitter with #PhxCocktails. Tickets are available for purchase at the Crescent Ballroom Box Office for $20.