90 degrees Ghana staged a resplendent sophomore of Ghana Cocktail Festival this year with the Crème de la crème in the hospitality sector at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, running for two solid days (September 29 to 30). Most notably are the beverage companies, bartenders, mixologists, exhibitors, buyers, sellers and almost every single individual with an interest in the cocktail.
The event didn’t fall short of the glory the maiden edition brought to the country last year when Crystal Park in East Legon hosted the close to a similar set of interested parties. Representatives from the office of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture opened the event with a short ceremony, after which the exhibition and the full activities began for the various companies that came to showcase their products.
Day one had a tall list of companies – Kasapreko, Shockas, Campari, Malabar spiced liqueur, Jing Chinese herbal liquor, Aqua Safari, Club Beer, St Remy martins, Gihoc distilleries, Green Edis hospitality training et al all introducing their new products to the eager clients, hotel guests and visitors who couldn’t help than to try some of the mixes provided on the day by these companies in excited atmosphere nourished by good music served by DJ Adviser from Happy FM.
Day two was heavily garnished with a performance from DWP Academy ushering and transforming the entire scene into a party. One of Africa’s finest mixologists, Savy Flair from Congo put up a spectacular display carrying patrons into the night and climaxing it with bartenders competition. Each company rally solidly behind its bartender as the competition got keener with companies such as Aqua Safari, Malabar, Campari, Shockas coconut hub and more gave the rest a swift run for their money. Aqua Safari’s Nana Alabi and Shockas coconut hub picked the first and second crowned respectively in the Mixology competition.
And to top it all, the Best Bar Award was won by Shockas coconut hub due to their exceptional bar set up and services rendered and didn’t face any rejection from patrons because they were inevitably the best for both days. All in all, the sophomore edition of Ghana Cocktail Festival lived a lasting impression on the minds of all due to the sponsorship package from Club Shandy Bosoe and Bel-Aqua Ghana.
Already patrons are looking forward to the next instalment in 2019.