Victoria bartenders to compete for charitable cause

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

When a friend told Amanda Wilburn he could make a better Bloody Mary, she set up two bartending stations to prove him wrong the next day.

She organized five judges to judge their drinks. And, after Wilburn won, other people wanted to compete.

"Everyone likes a little friendly competition," said the 29-year-old, who turned the competition into a charitable opportunity.

The 4th annual Bar Wars Food Drive and Bartending Competition benefiting The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent will be Oct. 27 at Sports, 5803 John Stockbauer Drive.

Bar Wars is a four-round bartending competition that features local bartenders and Victoria residents.

Wilburn, bartender and event planner for Sports, said that each year has averaged about 13 bartenders, 200 attendees and five judges.

The rounds include Bloody Mary, signature drink, beer cocktail and wild card.

With the wild card round, the competitor will blindly draw two ingredients on the day of the event and craft a cocktail with the two items.

Each round will be judged on creativity, presentation, flavor profile with the highest score being 30 points per round.

Trophies will be awarded for each round, as well as a grand prize trophy for one with the highest score.

"People can win a trophy, bragging rights and the satisfaction knowing they helped out by donating to the food bank," Wilburn said.

The event also serves as a food drive, where canned food and nonperishable items will be donated to The Food Back of the Golden Crescent. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

There will be a silent auction that will include baked goods, a 50/50 raffle and a drink auction between rounds that was added this year.

More than $3,000 were raised the first year, $4,000 the second year and $5,000 were collected last year, Wilburn said.

She said they are still looking for contestants, sponsors for the event and more items for the silent auction.

"It's good to help contribute to the community," Wilburn said. "We like to keep it local and help the food bank work with people in need."



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