Winetender’s mixoff wrings the best from Kelowna bartenders

Past Winners face off against new competitors at the 2015 Okanagan Spirits Wintender’s Mixoff.

JCI Okanagan is once again introducing the public to a twist on the traditional wine event with the Okanagan Spirits Winetender’s Mixoff, Oct. 8 at the Laurel Packinghouse.

The event, which has been hosted by JCI Okanagan for three years, challenges bartenders from local restaurants to create a cocktail using local wine and Okanagan Spirits.

The 10 participating restaurants are then pairing their cocktails with food samples from their menus. Bartenders will not only be trying to impress the panel of judges for the Judges Choice Award, but also the public with the People’s Choice Award. This year, the event will also recognize the hard work done by the Chefs.  We have introduced the Sysco Best Bite Award, so now the public has the chance to choose their favorite food item.

Local restaurants are jumping to showcase the creativity and influences that they use in their dishes and want to showcase how the trend is to now apply these same techniques to the drinks that they serve.  More details about the Okanagan Spirits Winetender’s Mixoff and tickets are available at www.winetender.ca.

Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery:  “We are, once again, excited to be involved with an event that introduces people to the delicious and creative options available when mixing wine with spirits or liqueurs.” says Sales & Marketing Manager Rodney Goodchild.  “With some familiar faces and some new faces, we look forward to seeing what our region’s top bartenders will come up with, and award the bartender with the best cocktail the 2015 Winetender Mixoff Award”

JCI Okanagan representatives said they are excited to be hosting the Okanagan Spirits Winetender’s Mixoff for the third year in a row.

” We think that attendees will continue to be impressed with the wide variety of food and the abundance of cocktails being sampled around the room,” said  Olga Osipova, JCI Okanagan President.   “This is a fun and yet still affordable way to get out and enjoy the Fall Wine Festival.”