The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

First NZ Bartender of the Year comp for 11 years to take place at Highball

Organisers of Highball – New Zealand’s cocktail & spirits festival – have announced that the New Zealand Bartender of the Year competition will take place during this year’s event.

The first NZ BOTY competition for 11 years, bartenders will be challenged in all aspects of the profession, beginning with an entry round where they must create a cocktail in the theme of STAYCATION – or exploring our own backyards.

During the two-day competition in Wellington on May 7-8, bartenders will complete a written exam and a blind test of 10 unmarked liquids.

Top entrants will then to move on to compete in categories including group-serve cocktails, a market challenge and a speed challenge.

The prize for the winning bartender is set to be announced soon.

The NZ BOTY enter form can be found here. Make sure you download and read the instructions prior to entry.


We have one double pass to the Highball cocktail & spirits festival in Wellington on May 7-8 2021, including two pre-loaded wristbands, to give away to one lucky reader of The Shout NZ!

To enter, visit The Shout NZ on Instagram or Facebook and comment on the Highball post, telling us who you would take with you.

Passes do not include travel or accommodation and cannot be exchanged for cash.

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