Now in its second year, the Bartender of the Year contest kicked-off Tuesday at the Vermont Tourism Summit, which is a two-day industry conference at Killington Resort. The event highlighted the skills of the state’s best bartenders and featured high-quality pours from Vermont’s fast-growing distilled spirits industry.
Presented by Hotel Vermont, the Vermont Distiller’s Association, and Vermont Ski & Ride magazine, the battle amongst 10 of Vermont’s finest bartenders ended with one winner claiming the title of Vermont Bartender of the Year.
The competition had two rounds. In round one, contestants drew from a stocked pantry and randomly selected Vermont distilled spirit to create a cocktail, in the second round contestants used all the secret ingredients from a mystery box to whip up a winner.
This year’s overall winner was Matt Farkas, from Mule Bar in Winooski, Vermont with his martini entitled, “A Father’s, Son”. The winning cocktail will be featured at the Vermont Tourism Summit welcome reception and the champion bartender will be highlighted in Vermont Ski & Ride magazine.