Plans are underway for the return of the in-person Set The Bar Cocktail Competition, to be held this Fall at Ed Smith Stadium. And you'll be able to get the 411 here.
Designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind the area’s locally-owned, independent restaurants, this year’s 6th annual Set The Bar cocktail contention will highlight accomplished mixologists representing establishments from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern shores of Venice Beach. “The Best” libations will be decided by an expert panel as well as event attendees who will be tasked with sampling and savoring the contenders' creations before judging the competitors on Flavor, Appearance, Bartender Presentation and Imagination.
In addition to exclusive access to the most skilled beverage innovators in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, guests at Set The Bar will enjoy live entertainment, a chance drawing, and light bites presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member Restaurants.
The Winner of The Best Overall Cocktail Award for 2021, selected through the People's Choice Voting is Rhiannon Mahon from GROVE Restaurant
Cocktail: the Grove-Loma
Ingredients: Hiatus Tequila Blanco infused with Cucumber and Pineapple, Agave, Lime, Mint and Grapefruit Jarritos Float, garnished with a Tajin Dusted Cucumber
See additional WINNERS below!
The Set the Bar expert panel of judges is responsible for selecting the top cocktail in each spirit category. Additional judges will be announced soon!
Embracing Our Differences is a non-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs and resources designed for teachers and students.
Mission: Through the transformative power of the arts, we educate and inspire to create a better world.
Vision: A world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.
Guests must be 21 and up to attend. Those under 21 will NOT be permitted entry to the event (this includes infants and children as well.) Photo identification for proof of age will be requested of ALL GUESTS upon arrival to the event.
Details are currenty being finalized for the 2022 Set the Bar Cocktail Competition and ticket information will be avaiable soon.
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This event is 21 and up only and proof of age will be required for all ticket holders (NO exceptions, this applies to children and infants as well.)
No, you may purchase as many tickets as you would like! Please note, your guests will be asked to provide photo ID (to verify their age) before being admitted to the event.
There is one ticket type available for the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition, which is the General Admission ticket. No additional ticket types will be avaialble.
Yes! All guests will be able to sample each of the cocktails submitted into the competition and will have the opportunity to vote for the "People's Choice" winner! Guests will receive a Passport Book to ensure that each cocktail is sampled only once. Each cocktail sample is 1oz in size.
Please drink responsibly.
Complimentary light bites will be provided by several Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant members during the event. For many people, it might makes sense to eat a meal before you come to the event.
We encourage all event attendees who intend to sample the cocktail offerings to use ride sharing services (such as Uber or Lyft) or travel with a designated driver! The use of ride share services will expedite the arrival experience. For those planning to drive, parking is available in Ed Smith Stadium's East Lot, at the corner of 12th Street and North Tuttle Avenue.
The suggested attire is comfortable and casual.
“The Best” libations will be decided by an expert panel of judges as well as event attendees who will be tasked with sampling and savoring each creative concoction before judging the competitors on Flavor, Appearance, Bartender Presentation and Imagination.
Each guest will be given a faux dollar bill which you will use to vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail by "tipping" them. The top cocktails and bartenders will be announced at the end of the event!
Set the Bar is a rain or shine event.
To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through the Squad Up ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.
A limited number of lounge seats will be available for guests to utilize. The event is a cocktail style, grazing event where guests will be visiting stations to sample cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event is handicap accessible.
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