The “Competition” commences at 9:00 AM EDT on July 15, 2013 and ends at 10:00 PM EDT on October 3, 2013 (The “Competition Period”). The Competition Period includes: the electronic entry period, which begins at 9:00 AM EDT on July 25, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on August 20, 2013; the Preliminary Challenge, which takes place from 8:00-9:30 PM EDT on October 1, 2013 at SpiritHouse; and the Finalist Challenge, which takes place from 8:00-9:30 PM on October 3, 2013 at The Drake Hotel.
- Open to all legal residents of Toronto, Ontario who are at least nineteen (19) years of age, Smart Serve certified, and currently bartending in Toronto
- Limited to one entry per person
- Recipe must be original and must not have been entered in any previous competitions. If a cocktail is known or thought to have been plagiarized, the competitor will be disqualified
- Entries are to be submitted electronically at www.torontococktailweek.com but are not officially accepted until organizers send email notification of acceptance
- All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on August 20, 2013
- Drinks that are easily replicated will be preferred by the judging panel. All ingredients must be easily accessible. Any specialty ingredients (spirits and liqueurs not readily available for purchase through the LCBO, homemade vermouths, tinctures, syrups, bitters, etc.) must be provided upon request in amounts sufficient for five (5) cocktails to gain entry into the semi-final round
- Entries must contain alcohol. Be as creative as you wish
- Cocktail specs must be provided and include all ingredients, exact measurements in ounces (oz), preparation instructions and garnish. “Dashes” may be used to describe bitters, hot sauce, etc.
- Recipes for the semi-final round may differ from your preliminary submission
- Structure will differ for the Final round. You will be asked to use five (5) spirit brands in five (5) separate cocktails in the final round of competition. There will be a surprise component revealed onsite.
Drinks & Preparation
- For semi-final and final competitions, competitors must prepare drinks in front of the judging panel
- Drinks may be mixed according to bartender’s preference (shaken, stirred, pulled, blended, etc.)
- Standard glassware will be provided, but competitors are encouraged to bring their own specialty glassware. Note that points are awarded for presentation
- Bartenders are responsible for bringing their own bartending utensils (jiggers, spoons, strainers, shaking tins, etc.) gold leaf, Alpine ice blocks hand-shaved by Cartesian monks, silk robes, and any other specialty prop or ingredients
- The use of branded glassware or tools is not permitted
- Competitors may bring a bar slave (assistant) to help with preparation during finals
- Spirits or liqueurs available through the LCBO, widely available ingredients (lemons, limes, oranges), cubed ice, scoops, and preparation space will be provided by the organizers/venue
- Competitors must prepare five (5) drinks for judges to sample
- Competitors will have a finite amount of time (TBA onsite) to prepare their drinks and present them to the judges
- Drink names that include rude, discriminatory, or profane words are prohibited. Witticisms, double-entendres, and subtle puns will be applauded
- Competitors are encouraged to interact with judges and audience members while preparing their drink. Note that points are awarded for general presentation and demeanor
- The “Competition” organizers reserve the right to have final decision in any matter relating to the judging of the competition
- The “Competition” organizers will appoint the judging panel and reserve the right to replace or appoint new judges before or during the competition
- The judging panel must remain impartial and declare no preference to any competitor throughout the competition period. Points are to be awarded based on judging criteria alone (as delineated by the “Competition” organizers)
- Competitors are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner. Any actions considered hazardous or insulting to the judges, audience, or fellow competitors will result in immediate disqualification.