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Visa Wellington On A Plate’s Cocktail Wellington finalists announced

Oak & Vine’s La Nouvelle Façon cocktail

The votes are in for this year’s Cocktail Wellington entries for Visa Wellington On a Plate.

Finalists in each category are selected via public votes, with the winner decided by an independent judging panel this week.

Cocktail Wellington sees the city’s bartenders concoct creative entries that champion local distilleries.

This year there were 69 Cocktail Wellington offerings for festival goers to try from 5-21 May.

Visa Wellington On a Plate Festival Director, Sarah Meikle, says that the new May festival format has seen a renewed interest in cocktail offerings from festival goers.

“With the Cocktail Wellington finalists there are some really fun takes on what a cocktail can be with a little bit of theatre added to the mix,” she says.

The finalists for Cocktail Wellington are:

Bin44 – Goody Goody Goon Drop, $19
Oak & Vine Restaurant – La Nouvelle Façon, $28/$15 for non-alcoholic version
Pravda Cafe & Grill – Blue Gold, $25/$18 for non-alcoholic version
The Jaya’s Wine Bar – Pop ‘N Top, $20
The Lobby Lounge – Wrecking Ball, $28

You can check out all the finalists, including full details on their 2023 Visa Wellington On a Plate offering here.

Some venues will be keeping Cocktail Wellington entry on after the festival.

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival winners will be announced on 29 May 2023.

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