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When it comes to cocktail culture, Trinidad and Tobago
is light years away from places such as London, New York
and parts of Asia where bartenders have celebrity status
and bars are more famous than nightclubs.
Though competitions such as the Diageo Global Bartending
competition and Angostura's Global Cocktail Challenge have
gone some way in forcing local bartenders to up their game
when it comes to the art of cocktail making, the general public
and bar owners are yet to embrace cocktail culture.
Through the first ever Trinidad and Tobago Cocktail Week
Festival, popular bartender and mixologist Stephon Scott
hopes to create awareness and appreciation across the board
for this fast-growing industry.
"I wanted to see the cocktail and bar culture raise to another
level and let the bartenders shine and get them more recogni-
tion," explained Scott, when asked his rationale for TTCFW.
"The bartenders and general public could both learn from the
gurus about cocktail culture. What I notice here is that a lot of
people don't know about the spirits they drink, how it's made,
the raw material, the history of the product. People here just
drink more or less what is marketed, we don't drink what is
better and that doesn't have to be an expensive brand. I want
people to become aware of all the spirits that are available," he
Scott, the Latin America and Caribbean winner at the 2012
Diageo Global Bartending Finals in Brazil, said the cocktail festi-
val would give bartenders a platform to show what they are
capable of. The long-term intent, he said, is to bring their skill
level up to par with their international peers.
The cocktail week will see gurus such as Diageo Brand Am-
bassadors Arturo Savage and Paulo Figuerido conducting sem-
inars. Savage will conduct a session called Scotch World, while
Figuerido will co-host a session with Scott on fundamental
technique and style and a vodka session called Vodka Time.
Ian Burrell, known as the Rum Ambassador, will also be in
T&T to host a rum seminar called Rums Around the World.
The festival will also see a beer tour, Angostura rum tour and a
scotch and barbecue festival.
The TTCWF will be the second such festival in the region
with the Cayman Islands hosting their first last year. Scott,
who assisted in the setting up of that festival, said he wants
the T&T festival to become the biggest in this part of the
world. Citing the New Orleans Cocktail Week, he said that grew
from a small festival with 20 events to a massive one with
over 1000 events and attracting tens of thousands of visitors
from all over the world.
The TTCWF will also serve as the launch of the first Bar-
tenders' Association. The purpose of the association, said
Scott, is to train bartenders to international standards.
"We are behind in the cocktail scene, we should have some
sort of cocktail lounge or bar. We want people to be aware that
there is a cocktail culture," he said, stressing that the festival
will show bartenders what could be done with a cocktail like
aging them in barrels or infusing them with bacon.
He said the association would host a number of events dur-
ing the year and send more bartenders to competitions such
as flair events where bartenders practice day in and day out to
perfect their skill.
Sponsors for the TTCFW are: Trini Salsa, Magdalena Grand
Beach Resort, Hilton Trinidad, Trinicooks.com, Transport Solu-
tions Ltd. Hinkson Graphics, Joie and Deckie's Liqueurs.
The schedule for the TTCFW is as follows:
Thursday 14 August: Opening Ceremony
Friday 15 August: Angostura rum tour, Rum Cocktails on the
Ocean Spirit, Rums of the World rum seminar with Ian Burrell
at Drink Lounge, Scotch World with Arturo Savage at Hilton
Trinidad, Punch Bowls and Fancy Tipples
Saturday 16 August: Carib University tour, Vodka time with
Paulo, Beer World featuring local and foreign beers at All Out,
Scotch and BBQ festival, Skinner Park, San Fernando, mixology
and flair bartending competition at Hilton poolside.
Sunday 17 August: Fundamental Techniques and Style at
Magdalena Grand, Tobago, Rums Around the World seminar at
La Isla, Cocktails on the Beach at Renmars bar, Tobago. Closing
ceremony at Magdalena Grand.
All events are all inclusive and prices range from $120 to $650.
For a chance to win a ticket, take a selfie with a Metro Maga-
zine and post it to the TTCWF page on FB.
For more information visit: www.ttcwf.com
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