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Cocktail Competition to Shake up Sefton Park

Bartenders from across Liverpool will be channelling their inner Tom Cruise at The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival this weekend, as the event’s Cocktail Competition makes a popular return.
The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival is an annual large-scale event, now in its ninth year. Attracting food lovers from across the North West, it saw over 45,000 visitors descend on its home in Sefton Park in 2015.
As part of the event, bartenders from across the city are being invited to compete against each other in a challenge to create utterly unique cocktails using Matugga Rum as the key ingredient.
Competing bars confirmed for the competition include include Red Door, Salt Dog Slims, The AlchemistEBGBS, Moloko, Garlands, Sound Food and Drink, Some Place and Brass Monkey.

In a series of 8 rounds over the two days of the festival, on this Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, visitors can watch some of the city’s most creative talents in action, flaring, shaking, mixing and pouring their creations in the hope of being crowned festival competition winner by master bartender Mark Lloyd, ambassador for Matugga Rum!


Matugga Rum is a craft British Rum, distilled in Cambridgeshire from East African sugarcane molasses and launched in 2015 by husband and wife team Paul and Jacine Rutasikwa. Commenting on their involvement as sponsors of the festival’s Cocktail Competition, Paul Rutasikwa said:

“It’s great for Matugga Rum to make its debut at the festival in such a big way. We’ve spent a great deal of time in Liverpool over the past few years as we developed our craft rums, speaking to bar owners and customers. 
 It’s city that truly loves its cocktails, and with the scale and reputation of the food and drink festival, it seemed like perfect opportunity for us to support the event.”


Fermented for seven days before being triple distilled, Matugga is available in two variants, Matugga Golden Rum is finished in English oak casks and has a smoky character that is full of evocative, juicy notes of tropical fruit along with a smooth, long finish. Matugga Spiced Rum is embellished with a Masala Chai blend of six fragrant botanicals – black tea, ginger, cloves, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon, a popular spice mix in East Africa.

Further information about Matugga Rum can be found at