The Best of the Pacific Northwest Bartending Challenge will test the knowledge and skill of mixologists all over the left coast. The competition will be held in 3 rounds: Written Test, Blind Tasting and Mix Off, and is designed to build a comprehensive picture of the knowledge, skill and creativity of each competitor.

The tension will be palpable as competitors progress through each round building to an entertaining Mix Off for a panel of celebrity judges including Kevin Brauch from The Thirsty Traveler, Joanne Sasvari, Brian Van Flandern and Bridget Albert. Final cocktails will be judged on balance of flavour, marriage of ingredients and overall appeal.

Prizes include a special guest appearance on The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess featuring the winning cocktail. Competition begins on November 7th and runs throughout the festival. Deadline for entry is October 30th, 2009. For full contest details please visit

The Art of the Cocktail is a fundraiser for the Victoria Film Festival and opens the door to a world of elegant spirits: great classics, fresh trends, the established players, niche bitters and the artisan, small, regional distillers.

For further information please contact:

Timothy Trebilcock

Communications Coordinator

Victoria Film Festival
1215 Blanshard St,
Victoria, BC Canada
V8W 3J4
Phone: 250.389.0444   Fax: 250.389.0406

January 29 to February 7, 2010

About Lauren Mote

Lauren has been an intricate part of the food industry for many years. Whether it’s behind the bar, in the kitchen, tasting and learning about wine, or sitting with her laptop writing food stories and reviews at the local coffee house, it was clear at an early age that Lauren’s professional and personal life would be completely consumed by the joy and passion of edibles.
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