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The 'Set the Bar' Cocktail Competition Is Returning in April

This fun Sarasota-Manatee Originals event will feature 25 local mixologists and light bites from Originals restaurants.

By Lauren Jackson February 27, 2024

Sarasota-Manatee Originals' "Set the Bar" cocktail competition returns April 14.

After taking 2023 off due to scheduling complications, Sarasota-Manatee Originals' "Set the Bar" competition is returning on April 14 at Ed Smith Stadium. Twenty-five area mixologists will present their innovative creations in five spirit categories to both a judging panel as well as the attending public. Judges will critique each cocktail based on flavor, appearance, bartender presentation and imagination.

Participating Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants will also feature small bites alongside their featured cocktails in order to ensure plenty of full bellies alongside a day full of sipping spirits.

"Set the Bar was created to celebrate the immense talent of our local bar programs," says Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Liza Kubik. "Just like chefs in the kitchen, our bartenders play a crucial role in creating memorable dining experiences. We're thrilled to shine a spotlight on their creativity and expertise."

Tickets for the event are currently on sale for $85 and will also be available for $95 at the door on the day of the event. Proceeds from "Set the Bar's" silent auction will benefit Children First.

"Set the Bar" will take place April 14 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. For more information, click here.

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