Spirit of Saint Lucia contest expands to Midwest

The cocktail competition, which debuted in Miami earlier this year, is set to hit Chicago later this month.

The second edition of the Spirit of Saint Lucia cocktail competition will take place on 20 April at the Chicago Rum Festival, to be held at Logan Square Auditorium. The competition is sponsored by Reàl Ingredients, a cocktail syrup manufacturer, and Saint Lucia-based Bounty Rum.

As with the inaugural competition, held at the 2024 Miami Rum Congress in February, winners will receive US$1,500 and a trip to Saint Lucia. Second place will be awarded US$500 with third place receiving US$225. Elizabeth Diaz Hernandez from La Cumbancha took first place in Miami. 

Registration is open to all bartenders until 8 April. Participants are expected to exhibit creativity through unique cocktails that use Bounty Rum as the base spirit alongside a Reàl Ingredients product. The competition, to be held from 11.45am to 2pm CDT, is being dubbed a ‘harmonious fusion of Caribbean heritage and modern mixology,’ with participants expected to draw inspiration from Saint Lucia’s diverse culture and natural beauty.

Full rules and submission guidelines can be found via Bounty. The eight finalists to compete live will be announced via social media on 10 April.

The eighth annual Chicago Rum festival, also known as the Midwest Rum Festival, will take place from 2pm to 7pm CDT. Attendees will be able to participate in the grand tasting and seminar events, with four independent sessions held throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased at the Chicago Rum Festival website.

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Author: Ted Simmons