UBUD, Bali (BPN) – Alaya Resort Ubud, in collaboration with the Asia Bartenders Association (ABA), held the very first cocktail making tournament on Tuesday, June 12 at Manisan Bali, Alaya Resort Ubud. The Ubud Viking Flair and Cocktails Challenge is expected to introduce the art of Flair Bartending to Ubud and encourage a new generation of bar staff to learn more about cocktails.
“This challenge is a chance for all bartenders in Ubud to take their skills to the next level. Not to focus only at flair technique but also to make a tasty beverage and well presented,” said Agung Yoga, President of ABA.
At the event, 27 bartenders including one from Russia showed their talent in the flair category by making two drinks in the Working Flair Exhibition before going into the next round. Each contestant then get to perform for six minutes by offering up two drinks. They then have a further three minutes to create one additional cocktail based purely on technical precision rather than theatrics.
The judging panel consists of professional bartenders including Agung Raka, Agung Darmawan, Agung Udiana, Bayu Hendra, and Rama Suwiyoga. All of these judges are certified as legends in National and International Flair Championships.
As the result, I Wayan Eka Darmawan was crowned champion, while the best cocktail goes to Ilona Turintseva.
Dewi Mas, General Manager Alaya Hotels & Resort, explained that this event is the first of its kind in Ubud. She hoped that in the future Ubud will become known as a destination where guests can experience creative cocktails made with expert precision.
“I hope this competition can raise the F & B in Ubud so that in the future there will be a continous competition in collaboration with ABA and HBI (Indonesian Bartender Community) in order to improve the skill and knowledge of bartenders,” she said.