Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Quonquont Farm | 9 North St., Whately, MA
21+ Only | Valid ID required
Join us for our Farm to Cocktail event, a straight up bartending competition at Quonquont Farm to benefit The Food Bank. Some of the area’s most creative bartenders will compete as they shake, stir and dash the most delectable cocktails using ingredients sourced from local farms. Not only will you have a chance to sample all of their concoctions, but you’ll also vote for your favorite.
Enjoy fresh and hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by Wheelhouse Farm Truck & Catering. They cook with the seasons, sourcing ingredients from local farms when they are at their peak deliciousness, and make everything from scratch.
How the competition works
Prior to the event, each bartender will be given a variety of spirits to choose from as well as several ingredients from local farms (they must choose two to include in their cocktail). They’ll have a couple of weeks to experiment and perfect their cocktail.
On the day of the Farm to Cocktail Competition, guests will arrive and be greeted by each of the six competing bartenders. Guests will have a chance to sample each of the cocktail creations and use their voting cards to choose their favorite. The overall favorite will be awarded the “People’s Choice.”
The top two favorites will move on to the next round of the competition and be given a “mystery ingredient” they must use to craft a cocktail in less than two minutes. A special panel of judges will sample the mystery cocktails and announce the cocktail competition champion.
Local Businesses Donating Ingredients
Grayson Ty is an acoustic singer / songwriter from Western Massachusetts, whose eclectic blend of folk, pop, and soul has gained him attention in New England. Grayson can be found playing regularly throughout the Pioneer Valley and The Berkshires, as well as Connecticut and Vermont. His soulful tone and wide vocal range allows for both musical versatility and a distinctive sound.
Grayson works alongside his good friend and bandmate, Jeff Lynch (of Woodford Way). The duo released their debut EP, “Believe” in December 2016. When performing, Grayson and Jeff captivate their listeners through their seamless harmonies, soothing melodies and musical craftsmanship. The two manifest an environment in which the connection between performer and audience is both organic and meaningful.