Bacardi Legacy adds wildcard entry to 2020 competition

14th June, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Bacardi will open entries to its Legacy 2020 cocktail competition next week and has expanded entry to bartenders from more than 100 countries as part of its new wildcard format.

Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn from Bangkok, Thailand, triumphed at this year’s Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition

Bartenders will be able to enter the competition from 20 June, with the global final held in Miami, US, from 1-7 May 2020.

For the first time, Bacardi will allow bartenders from all over the world to enter, regardless of whether their country currently participates.

Forty bartenders will compete for the global title next year, with one of these spots given to the winner of a wildcard final.

Thirty-nine countries will be represented in next year’s final but, until now, bartenders could only enter if they worked in a participating country.

Those who do not work in a participating country will be able to submit their Bacardi rum cocktail recipes for selection to go through to regional rounds, during which they will compete with each other under the same process as all other competitors, before a Wildcard final will decide who takes the 40th spot.

Dickie Cullimore, global ambassador of Bacardi Rum, said: “As more and more bartenders see the incredible opportunities competing in Legacy offers, we get countless enquiries from them asking how to take part.

“It’s always been gutting to have to say that they can’t because their country isn’t participating – so we just knew we had to come up with a creative way to make the competition open to as wide a field as possible.

“The wildcard is finally here, it opens the competition up now to over 100 countries, and I can’t wait to see what the bartenders who enter it will bring to Bacardi Legacy.”

The 2020 global champion will be announced at the grand final on Wednesday 6 May next year.

Last month, Bacardi crowned Thailand’s Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn the victor in its 2019 Legacy Cocktail Competition, making him the first bartender representing an Asian country to win the contest.

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