The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition will take place Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. at DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix (915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Designed to celebrate Phoenix’s cocktail culture, bartenders from nine metro-Phoenix bars and restaurants armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits convene for a mix-off of epic proportions. Participating bartenders will go head to head in a series of three rounds, shaking it to compete in the final, mystery basket round for the title of Arizona’s Star Bartender in 2017. Tickets will be $40 each and available for purchase at devourphoenix.com/classic.
The 12 bartenders that will compete for the 2017 title have been selected and will compete in a series of heats followed by a final round that will determine Arizona’s Star Bartender:
Tim Avery – Joyride Taco House
Matt Bermudez – Welcome Diner
Jake Foster – The Parlor
Janessa Hilliard – St Francis
Danny Kang – The Gladly
Michael Liberatore – Citizen Public House
Liza Loewenhagen – The Vig
Matt Minsky – hulasmoderntiki
Gavin Pena – Clever Koi
Manny Pena – The Windsor
Kapono Rowe – DeSoto Central Market
Jaong Woo – Otro Cafe
There is a package to purchase tickets for both the Bartending Competition and Palette to Palate for just $60 total (a savings of 25%).