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Everything You Need to Know About The Ultimate Buffalo Festival for Craft Cocktail Connoisseurs

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

The Buffalo Cocktail Classic, Round 2. You may think you know what to expect ~been there, done that~ but we have a few new surprises up our sleeve this year for the 2017 Buffalo Cocktail Classic presented by Compeer. Here’s what to expect for the upcoming event on Sunday, November 5, from how it all works, to what’s included in your ticket, whose competing, and how your role there is uber-importante. Basically, reading this will either make you happy you bought a ticket, or leave you wishing you had. (No worries, you can still buy one here.)

 

 

Rewind one year…

600 people, thousands of cocktails, and several local bars, competing for three prestigious awards (aka bragging rights) — all organized and hosted by Step Out Buffalo. Everyone attending this event arrived at the Foundry Suites prepared for a friendly, gin-only, competition to see who could mix-up the tastiest craft cocktails in Western New York. The event was classy, don’t get us wrong, but this year it’s classy AF. Here’s how we’re taking it to the next level in 2017:

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

The Main Event

On Sunday, November 5th (read: November 5 is a bye for the Buffalo Bills, we wouldn’t plan this any other way) from 5 pm to 8 pm, you’ll be sipping, dancing, and hardcore judging the night away as you try 10 unique cocktails brilliantly crafted by the best craft cocktail bars in town.

Here’s who’s competing in 2017:

The bars all have one single rule to follow, and it’s a great one: they must use Tommyrotter Distillery’s award-winning alcohol in their concoction. But this is where the 2017 event takes a turn – for the better. This year, the bars are able to choose from Tommyrotter’s vodka, gin, AND newly-released whiskey. Bring on the liquor, because of this competition just. got. real. We guarantee you won’t taste two cocktails the same. Lightweights need not apply (JK LOL), but seriously – expect mostly, if not all, gin and whiskey cocktails.

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

 

What’s included with your ticket?

With your General Admission ticket, you are invited to sample all 10 uniquely crafted cocktails, granting you the opportunity to taste the most exquisite cocktails and sample some never-before-seen drinks, all crafted by some of Buffalo’s finest. Along with first-rate cocktails, DJ Christian Martinez will fill the air with killer beats while Elle Aire’s Pop-up Dry Bar and cocktail-themed crafts x Studio Hue, offer you the perfect entertainment for this classy event.

Who else will be there? Tommyrotter Distillery will have samples as per usual, Matcha Muscle is sampling gourmet matcha cocktails, Feel Rite Fresh Mart is sampling Kombucha mocktails, Midgard Winery will have samples of their wine, Elmhurst Milked is bringing their cocktail game to showcase their locally-made plant-based milks, Buffalo Cigar is brilliantly pairing cigars (to be enjoyed in The Foundry’s lovely courtyard) with each of the competing cocktails, Orangetheory with a Hydration Station (aka free water), our presenting sponsor Compeer with giveaways, Choco-logo Confectionary Design, Yelp, and a cash bar for additional libations will be available throughout the evening. OH, and The Foundry is generously providing everyone with a complimentary Crudite Table. #blessthem Plus, The Foundry, Get Fried, and Ms. Judi’s Food Truck will have food for purchase.

If you’re one of the few ballers with a VIP ticket, you’ll get everything that comes with the GA ticket plus an expedited entry into the event, access to the VIP lounge and private cash bar, an unlimited VIP only food spread with Passed Appetizers, Italian Antipasto Salad, a Slider Station, and a Mac & Cheese Station.

 

 

Voting for your favs

In the end, it’s up to you to decide who deserves the coveted “Buffalo’s Best Craft Cocktail” award. Your entry ticket to the event is the only qualification needed (besides being 21+ obv) to place your vote for “Buffalo’s Best Craft Cocktail,” “Best Garnished Craft Cocktail” and “Most Creative Craft Cocktail.” After you’ve sampled your drinks and thought long and hard on who truly deserves your vote, you’ll meander over to a voting table (located near the entrance) and place your paper ballot (also new this year!) in the designated cocktail maker’s bowl. At 8 pm, we’ll count them up and crown the chosen victors.

 

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

Buffalo Cocktail Classic 2016 // Photo x Mike Mondello of Mondello Photography

 

Thank you Friends & Sponsors!

The return of this event would not be possible without our friends and sponsors at Compeer of Greater Buffalo, Inc.Tommyrotter Distillery, Orangetheory Fitness Amherst – Transit Road, Buffalo Cigars, and Print2Web, so send some love their way and tell ’em we sent ya! We’d also like to thank all of the bars participating – couldn’t do it withoutcha fam. 😉

 

Get your S#$% together, Buffalo

If this event sounds like the ideal way to spend your Sunday evening, but you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, general admission tickets are still available for $45 presale, $55 at the door if available. But if you’re attending a classy event, why not feel a bit classier and make it VIP for $60 presale, $70 at the door. Head to eventbrite.com to get your tickets now before they sell out!

 

The Buffalo Cocktail Classic presented by Compeer

Date & Time: Sunday November 5, 2017 / 5-8pm

Place: The Foundry Suites, 1738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207

Tickets:  $45 General Admission / $60 VIP Presale, $55 GA $70 VIP @ Door

Hosted by: StepOutBuffalo.com

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