DARIEN, Conn. -- Fancy yourself a drink aficionado? Then head to New Canaan-Darien & Rowayton Magazine's first Darien’s Best Bartender Contest taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, on Grove Street Plaza.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., local mixologists will design signature cocktails and entertain attendees, who will have the opportunity to sample drinks prepared with select ingredients and vote for their favorites.
The cocktail with the most votes will be featured in the November-December issue of the magazine, along with photos of guests and competitors.
Darien’s Best Bartender Contest will also feature live music and seasonal light bites prepared by chefs from a variety of local restaurants, including Center Street Public House, Darien Social, Jimmy’s Southside Tavern, Ten Twenty Post, The Goose American Bistro & Bar and The Melting Pot. Wine will be provided by Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine, and water will be provided by Voss.
Local business sponsors include Carta McAlister & Moore, Helen Ainson, Jaguar Darien, Land Rover Darien, Le Boudoir and Pure Barre Darien. Flowers will be provided by The Gardener’s Center and Florist.
The event is produced by New Canaan-Darien Magazine’s parent company, Moffly Media, which created the Best Bartender competition in Stamford, now an annual contest that draws guests from around the county.
A total of 100 percent of the ticket sales will benefit The Community Fund of Darien. This 65-year-old organization makes grants to local nonprofits to ensure that critical services such as food, shelter and mental health are accessible and affordable to residents in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.
Limited tickets are available for Darien’s Best Bartender Contest. Price is $25 for each ticket purchased prior to the event. Cost is $30 at the door. To buy tickets in advance, visit www.NewCanaanDarienMag.com .