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Brazilian cocktails, gastronomy and culture in the UK
The first edition of the London Caipirinha Festival in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil in London will be held from 5 – 17 September 2017.
The festival is organised by VBRATA UK (Visit Brazil Travel & Cultural Association) and seeks to celebrate Brazil's vivacious spirit and put one item from the country's rich gastronomic heritage centrestage: the caipirinha - the quintessential Brazilian cocktail, as well as bars and restaurants serving Brazilian food in London.
The London Caipirinha Festival - the largest Brazilian cocktail and gastronomy competition of its type in the UK—also aims to promote cachaça, the distilled spirit used to make a caipirinha, as well as a range of participating bars and restaurants across London.
The event summons cocktail lovers across the capital to cast their votes in many categories, including Caipirinha (original with lime, fruits and exotic), Caipirinha menu, Bartender, Bar deco, Brazilian food served, Cuisines fusion offered, Establishment location and Establishment services. Votes can be registered online on the festival website.
20 London-based bars and restaurants are confirmed in the London Caipirinha Festival 2017 and the full list will be announced on Tuesday, 29 August on the festival website. You judge them! Get involved, have fun, drink responsibly!
Here's the list competitors:
Salsa Bar! Charing Cross, Salsa Bar! Temple, Bistro Requinte, Café Pacífico, Café Rio, Floripa, Freud Café, Juju's Bar and Stage, Las Iguanas South Bank, Las Iguanas Spitalfields Market, Las Iguanas Stratford Westfield, Made in Brasil, Made in Brasil Boteco, Temakinho, The Light Lounge, Yoobi Soho, Barrio Angel. Barrio Brixton, Barrio Soho, Barrio Shoreditch.
People who cast their vote will go into the draw to win one of several exclusive prizes. A panel of experts will also judge the caipirinha entries.
The festival comes at a time when public interest in Brazil is on the rise following a series of cultural events and programmes designed to celebrate Brazilian culture in London. The winners of each category will be announced on September 28th.