Taking the harvest celebration to the next level, in 2015, Park Hyatt Goa announced a high spirited cocktail competition for seasoned bartenders across several hotels in Goa. The competition took place on 17th April with participants from hotels such as The Leela Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa, Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada, Alila Diwa Goa and Goa Marriott.
Each participant had to create a cocktail infused with feni or urak to celebrate the legacy of the fruit of Goa – the cashew. There was also another round with mystery ingredients allotted to each participant to create a delightful concoction. The event was judged by industry experts such as Mr. Shawn D’souza from Goa, Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya from Delhi, Ms. Mini Rebeiro from Mumbai and Ms. Shatbhi Basu from STIR academy Mumbai.
In the individual category, Shanti Kumar Singh from Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada bagged the first place, followed by Claude Pinto from Alila Diwa in second place and Rubina Rai from Grand Hyatt Goa in third place. In the group challenge, Alila Diwa Goa secured the first place followed by Grand Hyatt Goa in second and Park Hyatt Goa in third place.