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One of the most prestigious bartenders’ competitions in the world – OlyBet Flairmania 2017 - will take place in Riga for the fifth year in a row.

Posted on 24. January 2017

One of the most prestigious bartenders’ competitions in the world – OlyBet Flairmania 2017 - will take place in Riga for the fifth year in a row.

On 26 January 2017 a competition between the world’s best flair bartenders will take place in the premises of Olympic Voodoo Casino, gathering 60 participants from 24 countries.

On 26 January 2017, a competition among the world’s best flair bartenders OlyBet Flairmania 2017, will take place in the premises of Olympic Voodoo Casino at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia. Already from 10:00 60 participants representing 24 countries will compete in elimination rounds. While, at 21:00 10 best will compete in finals. A record number of the fair sex - nine women - will participate in the competition and the longest distance will travel a contestant from Japan. Women will compete amongst themselves for the title „Flairmania Supergirl 2017”.

The word “flair” does not have a direct translation in Latvian, but to the wider public it is known as a bartender art show where they perform acrobatic demonstrations with bottles, glasses and other components during the cocktail making process, in an attractive way.

Andrejs Jerkins, „Olympic Casino Latvia” (OCL) Marketing and Service Development Manager: „ Every year we manage to make Flairmania more discussed and more viewed live on the internet around the world. This is evidenced by the fact that the number of represented countries is constantly growing and this year it has reached 24 countries. The available 60 contestant places were filled online within only 3,5 minutes or 210 seconds! This is a proof that a world-class entertainment can take place in Latvia.”

Raitis Akerblūms, president of the Latvian Bartender Federation: “All Latvian bartenders’ society with a proud look watches how Riga becomes the world capital of bartenders for this one night. This festival, which we manage to make more and more colorful, is a fantastic event. I encourage everyone, who is interested in show and entertainment, to visit it.”

A flair bartender competition of such an international scale will be taking place in Latvia for the seventh time already, and each year it is attracting even more participants. Last year, Luca Valentin from Romania was proclaimed the winner. Latvia this year will be represented by three contestants – already experienced Deniss Trifanovs, who was the winner of Flairmania 2015, and bartenders Romāns Kovaļenoks and Linards Grundmans.

The competition’s prize fund is EUR 6000. A jury of internationally acclaimed judges – Tom Duyer and Jay du Toit from United Kingdom, and Timppa Nyyssonen from Finland – will make sure it is distributed fairly.

This year a list of outstanding industry personalities will be included in the Cocktail taste jury: Mikhel Kahn - Member of the Board of the Estonian Bartender Association, Arnis Bikšus – member of the Latvian Bartender Federation and owner of the Cuba Caffee, Stefan Haneder – one of the most award-winning Austrian bartenders, Margit Kikas – president of the Estonian Bartender Association, Declan Burne – president of the Irish Bartender Association and Raitis Akerblūms - president of the Latvian Bartender Federation.

The competition will be hosted by one of the best Latvian bartenders - Ansis Ancovs, and joined by the attractive Kozmens in the finals.

The general sponsor of OlyBet Flairmania 2017 is „Olympic Casino Latvia“. The competition is organised in cooperation with the Latvian Bartenders Federation and is an official stage of the Grand Slam rating competition among the world’s best flair bartenders. LIVE video broadcast of the event: www.bartending.lv. Additional information about Flairmania: www.flairmania.com

For additional information and accreditation:

Andrejs Jerkins
Olympic Casino Latvia Marketing and Service Development Manager
Phone: +371 678 78 171
E-mail: andrejs.jerkins@oc.eu

About Olympic Casino Latvia

Olympic Casino Latvia (OCL) is a subsidiary of the Estonian enterprise Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) and is the second largest casino operator in Latvia.

OEG entered Latvian market in 2002 by establishing Olympic Casino Latvia. Currently OEG controls 54 casinos in Riga and the biggest cities of Latvia: Ventspils, Liepāja, Saldus, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Ogre, Sigulda, Cēsis, Valmiera, Madona, Jēkabpils, Rēzekne and Daugavpils.

As by December of 2016, OEG owned 1059 gaming machines and 33 gaming tables in Latvia and employs 914 workers. Olympic Casino Latvia is a socially responsible enterprise whose activity has been appraised by it’s inclusion in Sustainability Index’s Gold category and in the so-called State Revenue Service’s “white list”

About the Latvian Bartenders Federation

The Latvian Bartenders Federation is the largest organisation in the sector which unites Latvian bartenders with the aim to raise their professional qualification. From 2014 Latvian Bartenders Federation has also become the member country of the International Bartenders association. Members of the Latvian Bartenders Federation are the leading professionals in the sector, and under the leadership of its president Raitis Akerblūms, the federation has organised many public competitions, seminars and other events related to bar and drinking culture.