2nd Annual Independent Sizzling Summer Cocktail Contest

The libation creation portion of the Indy's barbecue contest.

When: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Harry's Plaza Cafe, 3313 State Street, Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Food & Drink


From an Independent article by George Yatchisin

Cocktail Contest Curious?

By George Yatchisin

It’s possible watching others drink might be like dancing to architecture, but still, think of everything you can learn by being part of the audience for The Independent’s Second Sizzling Summer Cocktail Contest, which is the libation creation portion of our BBQ contest. If you want to watch the potable potions go down — and maybe even sample some of the winners afterward — it will happen Thursday, June 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harry’s Plaza Café (3313 State Street). The afternoon showdown is being sponsored by RND Vodka ( and Agave Avenue/Carreta de Oro Tequila (

This year’s pro-am features six mixologists, two returning for vengeance after not quite winning last year, and one trying her hand at drinks after bringing home the trophy for chili beans that won last year’s BBQ amateur side dish category. The judges feature last year’s winner Mandy Chinn (nee Huffaker) from Sly’s in Carpinteria, three Indy writers (Matt Kettmann, Ethan Stewart, and yours truly), Harry’s manager Kevin Hebert, and Kathryn Graham from C’est Cheese. Once again, dryly witty Travis Mañach will host the evening.

Event posted June 13, 2011
Last updated June 13, 2011


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