Giffard West Cup is one of the foremost international bartending competitions. Founded in 1997, the competition first took place on the west coast of France (hence the name), but it quickly grew in popularity, and now encompasses 17 countries and counting.
Bruno and Edith Giffard with Giffard West Cup 2017 champion David Hans
Giffard West Cup focuses on the 'art of mixing' at its heart. Held biennially, the competition commences with regional stages followed by national finals where the national winning bartender is crowned. The winner is then invited to compete at the global final in France to represent their country.
This year, we’re honoured to be accepting the UK entries, find out more below.
Two heats will be hosted by Giffard in the UK, one in Manchester and one in London.
As the name suggests, all contestants are required to submit a cocktail using only two main ingredients, one of which must be a Giffard Liqueur (along with fruit, bitters and tonic or soda). This is your chance to deliver a simplistic yet delicious cocktail whilst demonstrating the true art of mixing.
7th January - 25th February: Calling for UK entries! Your recipe can be uploaded on Difford's Guide here. The longlist for each region will then be selected from the entries after the closing date.
28th February: The longlist for each region will be announced on Difford's Guide and the competitors will be contacted via email.
7th March: Manchester heat. Three competitors will be selected to go on to the national final in London.
14th March: London heat. Three competitors will be selected to join the other finalists from Manchester at the national final in London.
28th March: The last round of the UK competition sees the six national finalists battle it out for the overall first place.
28th May 2019: The Giffard West Cup UK champion will go on to compete at the global final in France to represent their country.
The grand final will be hosted at the beautiful Château d’Angers in France on 28th May 2019 bringing 18 competitors from around the world to battle it out for the winning title. The competition will be organised around two rounds which will revealed closer to the date.
The global winner will have the opportunity to head off on a week of guest shifts in some of the most vibrant cocktail cities in the world.
Best of luck to all those that enter!