Cuba will host the 69th World Cocktail Championship

Cuba will host the 69th World Cocktail Championship

HAVANA, July 7th Cuba will host the 69th World Cocktail Championship, to be held from November 4 to 9, 2022, at the Meliá Internacional Hotel in Varadero, as announced Tuesday by José Rafa Malém, president of the Cuban Bartenders Association (ACC).

At a press conference, Rafa Malém informed that members of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) are supervising the preparations for the meeting at that hotel facility, which is part of the properties of Cuba’s Gran Caribe group and is managed by Meliá Hotels International.

The hotel boasts quality products, impeccable service, cleanliness and a highly-trained staff, elements that make the Meliá Internacional de Varadero Hotel the perfect venue for the great international cocktail event.

According to the statement published by the Association of Cuban Bartenders (ACC) on its Facebook page, the selected hotel has a magical and incomparable environment to host the cocktail competition.

With a convention area that exceeds 2,000 square meters in halls, and alternative locations by the pool, beach and gardens, the Meliá Internacional Varadero has many facilities to host the contest.

Added to this is the variety of accommodation options in standard rooms, junior suites and suites, and the gastronomic offer that includes a boulevard with more than 20 culinary spaces.

In 2018, Havana was declared the Ibero-American Capital of Cocktails. So it is no coincidence that the IBA has chosen the Greater of the Antilles as the venue for the next world cocktail championship.

Cuba also has a world cocktail champion, five Pan-American championships, three President’s Cups and other international awards.

Cuba also boasts 10 classic cocktails known around the world, such as the Daiquiri and the Mojito.

Nearly 100 years ago, Havana was the epicenter of the world’s bars. The place of the best, most creative and spectacular bartenders.

From the hands of those bartenders came dozens of drinks that used national liquors and beverages mixed with the most internationally known ones.

Several Cuban drinks or cocktails have reached worldwide diffusion and today are part of the catalog of any bar in the world.

President of the Association of Barmen of France, René Delvincourt, confirmed here the eve the participation of two French bartenders in the World Cocktail Championship that will be held in Cuba in November, an event about which he showed expectations.Cuba will host the 69th World Cocktail Championship
We carried out the national selection in June, so we will have two competitors in the championship, one in the classical cocktail modality and another in flair style.

Delvincourt announced he will travel with the French experts to Cuba, in an important professional and personal trip.

I know Havana. I have been there several times with delegations of Pernod-Ricard, distributor of the world-renowned Havana Club rum, and I have very good memories, he said.

The expert considered the trip a good opportunity to exchange experiences and visit iconic places such as the Bodeguita del Medio, with its mojitos, and cigar factories.

According to the Cuban Bartenders Association, bartenders from over 60 countries will participate in the World Cocktail Championship at Varadero’s Meliá Internacional from November 4 to 9.