19 Oct JFDF’s Gold Sponsors Cocktail Clash @Oak
The spotlight was on the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF)’s gold sponsors as the festival resumed its pre-festival events with a ‘Cocktail Clash’ at Oak Wineware on Tuesday, October 10.
Gold sponsors: Gas Products Limited (GasPro), Rainforest Seafoods, CB Foods, Fraser Fontaine & Kong Limited, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel and the Jamaica Observer, were each given two minutes to replicate the ‘Singapore Sling’ and ‘Morrocan Nights’ as demonstrated by The Haven’s mixologist Andrew Campbell.
The energy was intense as the cocktail clash started with each of the six contestants eager to claim bragging rights. When the dust had settled Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at GasPro Mark DeFreitas and Nicolette Woolery, Jamaica Observer Marketing Officer, stood ready to claim the title, “JFDF Mixologist Champion”.
The final challenge was to impress the judges: Wynton Hudson (Consulting Manager for Barcode); Debra Taylor (Trade Select Manager for Select Brands); and Marsha Lumley (Head of Marketing and Cooperative Communications at Tru-Juice) — with their ability to replicate a ‘Stoli Hotshot’.
The judges scored each participant on Appearance, Aroma, Presentation and Taste.
Mark DeFreitas, according to Judge Debra Taylor, got the nod as both the flavour and presentation of his cocktail were closer to that of the sample beverage.
All three cocktails will be available at the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival and patrons are encouraged to try them.