speed-rack-postSpeed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition has returned. The fourth national tour kicks off this November in the United States and travels to eight cities – Washington D.C., New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and Chicago, before crowning a winner at the Speed Rack U.S. Finals in New York on June 7, 2015. The first-ever Canada Speed Rack takes place in March 2015 in Vancouver, followed by the Paris, France launch in June 2015, and the 2014-15 tour concludes in the U.K. in October 2015. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $250,000 globally for breast cancer charities.

Contestants will compete in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails in front of a panel of judges and a crowd. Judges rate each drink based on time and accuracy. The United States judging panel includes such cocktail world luminaries as Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich and Audrey Saunders, while the U.K. and Canada panels will feature global brand ambassadors and leading international cocktail authorities.

Speed Rack is the brainchild of two of the cocktail world’s leading ladies, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who launched the first tour in 2011.

“Speed Rack shines a spotlight on female mixologists thriving behind bars around the world,” says Marrero. “The idea was to create a cocktail competition for the ladies – one that celebrated women, was created by women and supported women, in and out of the spirits industry. And while we are at it, to raise money for breast cancer research, education, and prevention. We are humbled by the global support and interest from international cities for Speed Rack and look forward to continuing our efforts in the U.K. and expanding to Canada and France.”

The 2014-15 Speed Rack Tour schedule will be:

United States

  • Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2014
  • New York City – December 14, 2014
  • Dallas – January 14, 2015
  • Los Angeles – January 25, 2015
  • Seattle – February 8, 2015
  • San Francisco – March 15, 2015
  • Denver – April 12, 2015
  • Chicago – May 3, 2015
  • Speed Rack Finals, New York City – June 7, 2015

Canada

  • Vancouver, British Columbia – Spring 2015

U.K.

  • London, England– October 2015

The founding partners of BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) will reward Miss Speed Rack USA a scholarship to its five-day program. The grand prize for the U.K. and Canada Speed Rack winners will be announced at the event. For more information, visit Speed Rack at www.Speed-Rack.com.

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