International Distillers Ltd and SLHGA Collaborate to Elevate Sri Lanka’s Mixology Scene

Looking to enrich Sri Lanka’s vibrant hospitality scene and add new flair, International Distillers Limited (IDL) – Sri Lanka’s market leader in Locally Manufactured Foreign Liquor (LMFL) – has joined forces with the Sri Lanka Hospitality Graduates Association (SLHGA) to host the highly-anticipated National Bartenders Competition 2024.

This ground-breaking collaboration marks a pivotal moment for mixology in Sri Lanka, aiming to set new benchmarks of excellence while nurturing local talent. The competition was officially announced and launched at a special press conference held on the 10th of May 2024.

At the event, representatives from IDL and SLHGA unveiled their shared vision for the competition, emphasizing its role in propelling Sri Lanka onto the global stage as a destination renowned for its exceptional beverages and hospitality experiences.

Accordingly, the Grand Finale of the National Bartenders Competition 2024 will be held on the 16th June at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo.

The National Bartenders Competition made a comeback in 2023 after a long hiatus, subsequent to the global pandemic and other challenges the country faced. The event provides a much-needed platform for talented mixologists to shine and build a name for themselves, whilst also serving to create excitement about Sri Lanka in the global tourism market.

On the sidelines, the event will also provide extensive trainings, seminars, workshops, and other skills development opportunities. Through a series of regional training sessions and a prestigious competition comprising six regional contests, a semi-finals round, and a grand finale, bartenders from across the Island will have the opportunity to refine their skills and showcase their expertise to a wide audience.

Mr. Dickson Kumara, the Chairman of the National Bartenders Competition Organizing Committee, leads the team, ensuring the successful execution of this prestigious event.

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