Bundaberg drink search hots up

THE search for a drink that says “This Is Bundaberg” is heating up, with entries to close on Monday.

The inaugural CRUSH Cocktail/Mocktail Competition invites pubs, clubs, cafes, bars and restaurants in the Bundaberg region to take part in a competition to create a signature drink for the CRUSH festival, a month-long celebration of regional arts.

Event co-ordinator Pamela Fisher said the name had many meanings, but the main one for the competition was its link to the crushing season and the sugar industry, and the idea of crushing produce from the region to create a refreshing drink.

“The key requirements for the cocktails or mocktails is that they must use a Bundaberg Brewed Drinks product in the recipe and some other local produce,” she said.

“This could be some of our sumptuous fruits or vegetables.

“The aim is to create the flavour of Bundaberg.”

Ms Palmer said trophies sponsored by Bundaberg Brewed Drinks would be awarded to the winning alcoholic cocktail and non-alcoholic mocktail.

Judging will initially be by community vote, so people who buy the drink can vote for their favourites.

The top three will be judged by a panel at an awards event on Monday, October 25, at 7pm.

Any pub, club, cafe, bar or restaurant that would like to participate in the competition can contact Ms Fisher on 0438 159 673.

Entry forms must be submitted by Monday.

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