Vancouver’s Jason Browne from Calabash Bistro is Canadian Finalist at the DIPLOMATICO WORLD COCKTAIL TOURNAMENT SET to START MAY 27 in VENEZUELA

Diplomatico Rum will host its first ever World Cocktail Tournament and bring 15 competitors to Venezuela.  Jason Browne of Canada will join competitors from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and Venezuela.

The finals will be divided into four heats, which will be held in bars and restaurants across Barquisimeto.

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Judges for the event include Ago Perrone, Mixology Director of the prestigious Connaught bar hotel in London; Michael Mcllroy, former bartender at the famous Milk & Honey and now owner of Attaboy, both bars in New York; Geoffrey Canilao, former bartender of the legendary Employees Only Bar in New York and now Bar Manager at The Union, in Copenhagen and finally Hamish Smith, Deputy Editor of Drinks International Magazine.  “We are pleased with the caliber of competitors set for this first ever competition and know that the prestigious judging panel will hold everyone to the highest standard of competition,” says Nino Curbelo, Area Export Manager, Ron Diplomatico.

Rum fans, cocktail enthusiasts and industry experts will be able to tune into the final round scheduled for May 30th at 4 pm (Caracas time) at the Jirahara Hotel by simply going to  This round, hosted by legendary rum expert and Ambassador Ian Burrell will decide who the winner of the competition is.  “We are pleased to be able to bring the technology to the bar and offer a global audience the opportunity to cheer for their favorite bartender,” says Javier Herrera, International Marketing Manager for the brand.

The winning bartender of the Diplomatico World Tournament will receive $5,000, second place will be awarded $2,500 and third place will receive $1,000. Both participants and guests also have an opportunity to experience a one of a kind tour to Destilerias Unidas, located in La Miel and birthplace of Diplomatico and will experience the lifestyle and breathtaking beaches of Venezuela.

Beverage Concepts wishes to thank the over 30 entries to this competition and the Keefer Hotel Bar and BC Bartenders Association for their support. Congratulations to all the Vancouver Finalists – It was a tough challenge by all competitors with Jason Browne winning by 1 point.