First Annual Local Libations Cocktail Competition at Old House Restaurant

Lemon Drop martiniI know it’s hard for people to categorize my blog. I laughed the other day when somebody called me a food blogger. Others call me a theatre blogger. Others, a lifestyle blogger, and a few others a travel blogger. Truth be told, I try to do it all, with varying degrees of success (simply because I don’t have time to do everything). But if there’s something I *LOVE* writing about is cocktails, wine and food. So when the Old House Restaurant invited me to their First Annual Local Libations Cocktail Competition invited me to be a guest judge alongside my good friend Cassandra Anderton (Good Life Vancouver) I couldn’t resist.

This wonderful event is part of the Comox Valley 30 Day Local Food Challenge.

Ten of the hottest restaurants in the Comox Valley are working hard behind closed doors to perfect their entries to the first ever Local Libations Cocktail Competition. Hosted on the Patio of The Old House Restaurant, the Local Libations Cocktail Competition is a new event added in 2011 as part of the 3rd annual Comox Valley 30 Day Local Food Challenge. Taking place on Sunday July 17 from 4-6 pm, this ticketed event invites people to sit back and watch as Comox Valley bartenders prepare their best cocktail recipe made with local ingredients. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place by a panel of judges, including Eli Blake of EAT Magazine/Tofino Food & Wine Festival, Cassandra Anderton of Good Life Vancouver, Raul Pacheco of Hummingbird 604, Michelle LeSage of The Westerly Hotel, and Sandra Viney of Atlas Café/Avenue Bistro. Judges will review entries for best use of local ingredients, creativity and taste.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 each and include a complimentary feature beverage and appetizer. Event guests will also be able to order from the diverse menu of cocktails, and vote for their favourite beverage on the People’s Choice ballot. Tickets are available for purchase on site at the Old House Restaurant, 1760 Riverside Lane, Courtenay BC or call 250-338-5406. Seating is limited and advance purchase is required. The Old House Restaurant as a sponsor of the 30 Day Local Food Challenge is also offering a month long Fresh Sheet of local food, available through August 2nd. Reservations are recommended, so you should probably call in advance, 250-338-5406.

For more information, about the Local Libations Cocktail Competition event, you can check out their website.

More about the Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge

The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an immersive community experience each July that connects people from around the Comox Valley to the agricultural traditions and potential of this region. Each year, local residents and visitors alike are challenged to spend 30 days experiencing local food through farm and food producer tours, restaurant events, educational activities, workshops and demonstrations that showcase the work and bounty of the nearly 500 farms, dozens of food producers and food-related organizations in the Comox Valley.

For more information, you can contact Jeff Lucas at The Old House Restaurant,, 250-338-5406 or by phone at 250-703-6331. The Facebook Page for the 30 Day Comox Valley Local Food Challenge is located here.

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