Buckeye Bar Expo planners are excited to announce Ohio’s Best Bartender contest to be held at the 2018 Buckeye Bar Expo on October 15, 2018. The Grand Prize is $2,000.00 and $500.00 goes to the second place contestant.
Do you have a bartender who is simply amazing that you’d like to see get credit for his or her skills? Have you thought about seeking some recognition for your own abilities? Well, now is your chance!
The Ohio’s Best Bartender Contest will judge contestants on three skillsets: speed, accuracy and taste.
Speed – Making a drink quickly in a way that quality doesn’t suffer, is one of the most important skills a bartender can have. If customers have to wait in line to get a drink, they might just leave to go to the next bar or go home. A bartender that can quickly and efficiently make a good drink is crucial to the success of your bar!
Accuracy – Just as important as speed, an accurate pour can have a direct impact on your bar’s success. Knowing how to serve the right amount of alcohol in every drink is important because every overpour comes out of your pocket and every underpour leads to dissatisfied customers. This element will be judged by the masters of inventory control themselves, Bevinco.
Taste – Last and certainly not least, the drink has to taste good. This involves following the recipe and having a keen sense of judgement. If you make your drink fast and your pours are accurate, the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, but if your drink doesn’t taste good, then the rest doesn’t matter. During this aspect of the competition, bartenders will be given a specific drink to make to the exact specifications provided.
This contest is open to the first 25 entrants. There will be multiple heats scheduled throughout the day to narrow the pool to the top 5 contestants, who will face off in the finals at 7 p.m. at the Buckeye Bar Expo After Party, where a panel of celebrity judges will decide the winner.
Not only will the winner receive a cash prize, but there will also be a trophy for the winner and a plaque for your bar so you and your patrons can remember the experience for years to come.