One of the most prestigious bartending competitions in the world, Flairmania 2018 has closed
Posted on 30. January 2018
During yesterday’s bartending competition Flairmania 2018, the world’s best flair bartenders were determined. One of the most prestigious competitions in the world was held in Riga, at Olympic Voodoo Casino, for the eighth time, bringing together 60 participants from 22 countries.
The ten best flair bartenders made it to the final, including Deniss Trifanovs, of Latvia, the winner of Flairmania 2015 and 2017 competitions. This year, Deniss placed third. The second place went to Alexander Shtifanov from Russia. His strong point is versatile techniques as he is bringing new tricks to every competition. Alexander has been hugely impressive for several years now, but he has not yet won the Flairmania competition. This year, the winner – and very deservingly so – is Marek Posluszny, of Poland.
Olympic Casino Latvia Marketing and Service Development Head Andrejs Jerkins points out: “A flair bartender is different from your everyday bartender behind the bar in that his or her main task is to put on a show. Technically, anyone can make a cocktail, you just have to know the ingredients. Flair bartenders do not just toss bottles and other objects into the air and catch them, they use the bottles, shakers, glasses, and other bar tools to create a captivating, exciting, and very enjoyable show. All of this makes up what we know as flairing.”
Flairmania was first organized eight years ago, when the idea first emerged to bring together talented flair bartenders to compete at one venue. Over these years, the competition has become so popular that one contestant from Japan, Minako Otake, has returned to Latvia for the second time to compete for the title of Flairmania Supergirl, which this year is going to Ilona Turintseva from Russia.
With each passing year, the competition is becoming increasingly popular with contestants as well as spectators. It is not just a show, it is a competition featuring world-class professionals whose performance, talent and skills is are individually assessed by an impartial jury, which also gauges the participants’ growth, as many of the bartenders have been participating in the competition for several years in a row.
The competition’s prize fund was EUR 6,000. How much the winners take home was decided by a jury comprised of internationally acclaimed judges Tom Duyer and Jay du Toit from Great Britain, as well as Timppa Nyyssonen from Finland. A new and welcome addition this year – jury member Lelde Lietaviete who was judging the attractiveness and key features of each performance. One of the best bartenders and most magnetic entertainers in Latvia, Ansis Ancovs hosted the show.
Olympic Casino Latvia is the general sponsor of Flairmania 2018. The competition is organized in cooperation with the Latvian Bartenders Federation and the event is part of the World Flair Association’s Grand Slam. For more information about Flairmania, visit www.flairmania.com.
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About Latvian Bartenders Federation
The Latvian Bartenders Federation is the leading organization representing Latvia’s bartenders, and its main objective is to help bartenders improve their qualifications. The Latvian Bartenders Federation has been a member of the International Bartenders Association since 2014. Leading industry professionals are members of the Federation that, under President Raitis Akerblūms, has organized a number of public competitions, seminars, and other events to popularize the culture of cocktails in Latvia.