FIU students win People Choice Awards at the Art of Tiki event

by Helena Jose

FIU students celebrated when they were announced as the winners of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown, celebrated at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel on South Beach, on Saturday, May 22nd.

Students  participating from the Hospitality School and Bacardi Center of Excellence Bartender’s Guild club, alongside professional mixologists and bartenders took home the top prize for their cocktail, The Sunblazer. The drink was made with six ingredients including: pineapple juice, lemon juice, Bacardi Ocho and even honey syrup cultivated by the FIU Beekeeping Association.

Judges gave their top prize to Landon Nero of Freehold Miami in Wynwood.

100% of the net proceeds from the Festival benefit FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Each year, over 1,200 students and volunteers gain invaluable real-world experience at the Festival. To date, SOBEWFF® – which serves as an interactive educational platform for future leaders of the hospitality industry – has raised more than $31.8 million for the School.

Video Courtesy of FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

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