Diageo World Class 2019 final heads to Glasgow

11th December, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Diageo has revealed that the global final of the World Class 2019 cocktail competition will be held in the Scottish city of Glasgow.

Glasgow will be the host city of the Diageo World Class 2019 global final

More than 10,000 bartenders are expected to compete in the 11th edition of the competition, which will be held in September 2019.

The first World Class global final was held in London in 2009, and was later hosted in cities around the world, including New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town.

Emily Wheldon, global head of World Class, said: “We are hugely proud to be bringing the World Class Bartender of the Year global finals to Scotland, the home of so many of Diageo’s much-loved spirits.

“Glasgow will be an exciting hub for festivities, and the perfect backdrop for the world’s best bartenders to show off their incredible talent.”

Christine McCafferty, manager of Diageo’s archives, added: “Scotland is an amazing location to host the 11th World Class global finals – home to all our iconic Scotch including, Johnnie Walker, Talisker, The Singleton and Mortlach.

“For the world’s best bartenders to compete at the home of so many of their favourite spirits will add a brilliant extra incentive to this year’s competition.”

In October this year, Australia’s Orlando Marzo grabbed the title of 2018 World Class Bartender of the Year at the global final in Berlin.

For winning, Marzo will travel the world as a Diageo representative, judging cocktail competitions and serving drinks in locations across the globe. He is the 10th member to join the World Class Hall of Fame.

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