Indonesia Road to Master World Bartending Championship 2019 at Alaya Resort Ubud
Alaya Resort Ubud, in collaboration with the Asia Bartenders Association (ABA), proudly presented the fourth flair and mixology tournament in Ubud
The Indonesia Road to Master World Bartending Championship was held on 21st February 2019 for the mixology category and on 22nd February 2019 for the flair category at Manisan Bali, Alaya Resort Ubud.
This exclusive event was ABA Indonesia’s fourth major bartending competition on the island of Bali since 2014.
Usually held in lifestyle locations such as Kuta and Nusa Dua, this time around ABA Indonesia aimed to introduce the art of flair bartending to Ubud and encourage a new generation of bar staff to learn more about the art of mixology and cocktails.
“This challenge was a chance for all bartenders in Ubud to take their skills to the next level. The competition was open to all local bartenders and they were able to participate by registering with ABA Indonesia. The winners for both the flair and mixology categories will now represent Indonesia at the Master World Bartending Championship in Phuket, Thailand which will be held on 26-30 March 2019,” said Agung Yoga, President of ABA Indonesia.
Contestants got to showcase their talents in the mixology category by making one signature drink in the working mixology exhibition.
Each contestant then got to perform for eight minutes by offering up one special drink. The drink was evaluated on presentation, taste, and product knowledge.
For the flair category, each contestant was tasked to make two drinks in the working flair exhibition before going into the next round.
The contestants then got to perform for five minutes by offering up two drinks. They had a further two minutes to create one additional cocktail based purely on technical precision rather than theatrics.
As a sponsored event, all participants had to use an Iceland Vodka bottle for their flair performance and Empire Gin as a basic spirit in the mixology category.