Bacardi Legacy global final deferred

17th March, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

Bacardi has postponed the global final of its Legacy Cocktail Competition due to social distancing guidelines implemented as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nicole Sykes had been due to represent the UK at the Bacardi Legacy global final

Due to take place in Miami, Florida, from 1-7 May, the competition’s final has now been postponed “until further notice”.

Jacob Briars, global advocacy director for Bacardi, said: “It’s a sad day at Bacardi as we won’t be able to celebrate the amazing work of our 41 Legacy finalists in May as planned, but our main priority is to ensure the safety of our vibrant community.

“Our finalists have been working incredibly hard for the last year to prepare for the finals in Miami. We are working on plans to continue to shine a spotlight on the 2020 Legacy finalists, their Legacy cocktails and their bars around the world and will update with more details soon.”

The final would have seen 41 bartenders from around the world tackle a range of challenges in the hope of following in the footsteps of 2019 winner Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn.

Ned Duggan, global senior vice president, Bacardi Rum, added: “In coordination with our local authorities and public health officials Bacardi has made this decision to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition – from our finalists to our hotel and bar partners.

“This remains an ever-evolving and challenging situation, but we should all do our part to limit the spread of covid-19.”

The rapid spread of coronavirus around the world has brought about the closure of distillery visitor centres and pubs and bars in Europe and America.

Yesterday (16 March), UK prime minister Boris Johnson warned the British public to avoid pubs, clubs and social venues in a bid to mitigate the impact of the disease. However, his remarks came under fire for the decision to not formally close pubs, bars and restaurants during the outbreak as it means hospitality venues cannot claim insurance if they shut.

As the on-trade faces uncertainty as a result of the spread of coronavirus, SB uncovered four ways drinkers can support their favourite bars while in self isolation.

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