Bermuda-based Bacardi will host the global final of its 2020 Legacy cocktail competition in a virtual format this year.
With all finalists being offered the chance to secure a US$5,000 grant the wait certainly appears worthwhile.
In March 2020, the global final of the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition, which was to be held in Miami, Florida, from 1-7 May, was postponed ‘until further notice’ due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s great news, then, that the 2020 global final will be held online in June this year, streamed live around the world, with the winner to be announced on 30 June.
Bacardi said it has now revised the competition format to allow all entrants the opportunity to receive US$5,000, which will help fund a project that seeks to support the industry’s recovery.
Bars across the world have been closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Named after the palm tree planted outside the first Bacardi distillery in Cuba, the El Coco grants, will be paid directly to each of the 2020 global finalists following receipt of their venture idea.
Speaking on the competition and grants, Dickie Cullimore, global brand ambassador for Bacardi rum said:
“We are happy to confirm that our amazing competitors from 2020 will finally have their opportunity to compete for the title, and I’m so proud that the Bacardi Legacy gran familia will be putting its arms around them and some real support behind them this year as they persist in an industry that has suffered great challenges,
“It really felt like we needed to do something that offers them a real and immediate boost and also a springboard towards the recovery our creative and resilient industry will surely achieve.”
Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn was the winner of the May 2019, Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, making him the first bartender representing an Asian country to win the contest.
For more information, head over to the official website.