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Nationwide cocktail competition to take place at The Sheraton Maui

By Staff | Mar 19, 2015


KAANAPALI – The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Ocean Organic Vodka have partnered together to find the ultimate Ocean cocktail with a national and statewide recipe contest.

Recipe submissions have been pouring in over the last two months from across the state and United States.

Five finalists from the State of Hawaii and one finalist representing the other 49 states will face off in the Ultimate Cocktail Showdown on Saturday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Maui’s Ocean Lawn.

The Ultimate Ocean Showdown will feature the top six finalist cocktails selected from hundreds of entries.

Each finalist will be paired with a celebrity chef and a Maui-based nonprofit organization.

Guests and a panel of judges will be asked to vote for their favorite cocktail and best food pairing.

Following the theme of “Table to Farm,” each chef will create a dish to pair with the finalist’s cocktail.

The winning cocktail recipe will be named the Ultimate Ocean Cocktail and be featured on the menus at The Sheraton Maui for one year, with a portion of proceeds from the sale of the cocktail being donated to the paired Maui nonprofit organization throughout the year.

Celebrity chefs participating in the event include Lee Ann Wong from Koko Head Cafe in Kaimuki, Oahu; Shawn Gavin from the St. Regis Princeville, Kauai; Sheldon Simeon from Migrant in Wailea; Hank Adaniya from Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako, Oahu; Will Chen from HiFreshBox in Manoa, Oahu; and Andrew Le from The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu.

Entertainment for the evening will include a performance by CrazyFingers. Event ticket holders will have free entry to the after party at Black Rock Lounge.

Tickets are on sale now for $40 per person ($45 the day of the event) when purchased online at OceanVodka.com or by calling (808) 550-8457.

Approximately $25 of each ticket sale will be donated to six Maui non-profits: Hui O Wa’a Kaulua, Women Helping Women, Make A Wish Foundation, Grow Some Good, Imua Family Services, and Whale Trust.