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Kelowna bartenders went head to head Thursday night

Mixing up a winner

For the seventh year, the top bartenders and chefs in Kelowna battled it out for bragging rights Thursday night.

The annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff took over the Laurel Packinghouse, where nine restaurants went head to head, dishing out drinks and food to more than 200 attendees, along with four judges.

Bartenders were required to make a cocktail using Okanagan Spirits along with a local craft beer, wine or cider, while their accompanying chefs paired the drink with food.

This year, competing restaurants included Oak + Cru, Skinny Dukes, The Train Station Pub, Broken Anchor, Waterfront Cafe, Provisions Kitchen & Catering, Summerhill Winery, Jack's Pizza & Liquor and Micro/Raudz.

“They're looking for taste, presentation, simplicity, workmanship and how it pairs with food,” event organizer Rosanne Ting-Mak Brown said of the judges.

After the four judges had their fill, they handed Waterfront Cafe the best drink award, while Micro and Raudz took the Best Bite award. The People's Choice award, based on voting from the attendees, also went to Waterfront Cafe.



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