Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition open for entries

The 2020 global finals to be hosted in Miami
Bacardi Legacy 2019 UAE winner Matthew Wakeford
Bacardi Legacy 2019 UAE winner Matthew Wakeford

The Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition is now accepting entries for its 2020 global finals – and bartenders from all over the world can now take part.

Each year it brings together 39 bartenders from competing countries, plus now a wildcard entry from a non-competing country, for the global finals, with the UAE’s representative Matthew Wakeford coming in the top three in the 2019 competition.


The Scottish bar manager of Makar at Radisson Blu Waterfront took his drink El Meu Avi (My Grandfather) all the way to Amsterdam this year, narrowly missing out on the win behind Thailand’s Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn and Nicole Fas of Puerto Rico.

Entries for this year's competition close on September 10.

“BacardiÍ Legacy is not just a competition, it’s much more,” said Fas. “It may sound cheesy but really, it is not just a competition. It is a gateway to let the world know your story. It is an opening door for you to enter an adventure that may change your life. My life changed after I entered Bacardí Legacy.”

Speaking about the entry changes for this year’s competition, Dickie Cullimore, global ambassador, Bacardí Rum said: “As more and more bartenders see the incredible opportunities competing in Legacy offers, we get countless enquiries from them asking how to take part. It’s always been gutting to have to say that they can’t because their country isn’t participating – so we just knew we had to come up with a creative way to make the competition open to as wide a field as possible. The Wildcard is finally here, it opens the competition up now to over 100 countries, and I can’t wait to see what the bartenders who enter it will bring to Bacardi Legacy!”  

The 2020 global finals will be held from May 1 to 7 in Miami, USA. During this time the forty finalists will immerse themselves in a week of education and competition, learning from some legendary figures of the bartending world before the grand final on Wednesday, May 6.

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