Kansas City is home to an exciting and unique showcase of local bartending talent. On Sunday, August 29, 2010 the Greater Kansas City Bartending Competition will take over the Uptown Theater where twelve finalists will battle for $1000 in prize money for a first place finish.
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If you sling drinks at a local (or even non-local) establishment, right now is the time to enter yourself as a potential competitor. To enter, you need to submit a recipe for an original, signature cocktail. Last year Arturo Vera of R Bar took home the top prize with Beau Williams of Manifesto and Chris Conatser of Justus Drugstore taking 2nd and 3rd place. See Mr. Vera get his check here:
You may also recall that back in March I visited Conatser at his place of work so I can attest to his passion and creativity behind the bar. Who knows what personalities this year will bring?
On stage, the finalists are typically asked to create both a version of their signature drink and a secret classic cocktail which are then judged by a panel of wisecracking judges. It’s kind of like American Idol, but the judges are only slightly more intoxicated.
New to the event this year is the Tasting Room, an area apart from the main stage where attendees can order the finalists’ specialty drinks. Ryan Maybee, one of the founders of the Competition, told me via email, “It will be the first time guests will have the opportunity to try the finalists’ cocktails. There will also be various free sample booths featuring local businesses in the beverage industry like SodaVie.” Now we can all match taste buds with the judges and even vote for our favorites via text message from the audience.
The $15 ticket price gets you admission to the competition, a drink ticket for the Tasting Room, free food from local restaurants, live entertainment in the bar, and access to all the samples you get get.
The best way to keep tabs on the GKCBC is to follow them on Twitter and Facebook. We should see several tastings and special meals at local restaurants in the coming weeks which will provide an opportunity to obtain discounted tickets.
For rules, entry forms and a link to purchase tickets, visit their website at www.gkcbc.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.