Cock­tail chal­lenge aims to find best bar none

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SOME of Bri­tain’s most tal­ented flair bar­tenders are set to com­pete at South­port Food and Drink Fes­ti­val.

The cock­tail com­pe­ti­tion will be held on Satur­day, June 2, as part of the an­nual fes­ti­val at Vic­to­ria Park, which runs over the first week­end in June.

The South­port Flair ‘N’ Funk Mo­bile Bars & Cock­tail Cham­pi­onship will be­gin at 12.30pm and has been or­gan­ised by lo­cal firm Flair ‘N’ Funk, which pro­vides mo­bile bar hire and cock­tail flair bar­tenders for events through­out the UK.

The busi­ness is owned by South­port cou­ple, Paul and Chantelle Drew­ery, who also own Spenders Bar, on West Street.

The com­pe­ti­tion will see 10 of the best bar­tenders in the coun­try – in­clud­ing four from South­port – bat­tling to win the tro­phy and cash prize for first place.

This will be the fourth year the cou­ple have held the event at the South­port Food and Drink Fes­ti­val, and they claim that it grows in pop­u­lar­ity each time.

Speak­ing of the up-com­ing event, Paul Drew­ery, 47, said: “The event at­tracts more and more peo­ple each year, and they re­ally en­joy watch­ing the show.

“Last year, around 400 peo­ple came to watch, and we’re hop­ing for more this year.”

Af­ter each of the ten con­tes­tants have per­formed, three fi­nal­ists will be se­lected by a panel of three judges.

The fi­nal­ists will then go head-to-head and the over­all win­ner will be se­lected by a vote among the crowd.

En­try to the an­nual fes­ti­val is free of charge, and a record num­ber of stall-hold­ers looks set to at­tend the pop­u­lar event this year.

Paul added: “We can’t wait for the South­port Food and Drink Fes­ti­val, it’s one of the high­lights of our year!

“It’s al­ways an ab­so­lute sell-out on our stand, with some fan­tas­tic spe­cial­ity cock­tails, fes­ti­val mu­sic from some su­perb DJs and, fin­gers crossed, some beau­ti­ful weather!

“We are the minifes­ti­val within the fes­ti­val.”

Pic­tures: ZACK DOWNEY, of ZED Photography

The Flair ‘n’ Funk flar­ing con­test at the 2016 South­port Food and Drink Fes­ti­val

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