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South Cape Martini Competition nears sellout

By Staff | Jan 22, 2016

Grab tickets now for the Best South Cape Martini Competition because they are going fast.

Hosted by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations, the 10th annual event will be held on Jan. 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the downtown area. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 day of and include a one-ounce martini sampler and an appetizer from each of the 10 venues and trolley service.

“It was a success and a sellout since the first one,” Denise Wood, vice president of the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association, said on Thursday. “It’s nearly a sellout already this year.”

Only 1,200 tickets are being sold for the competition – 200 more than in previous years.

“There are very few tickets left right now,” she said, urging those interested to get theirs quickly.

This year, the participating venues are:

* BackStreets Sports Bar

* Cruiser’s Lounge

* Dixie Roadhouse

* Monkey Bar & Steakhouse

* Rack’em Billiards

* Ralph’s Place

* Rockade

* The Dek Bar

* Tiki Hut Bar & Grill

* Two Amigos Mexican-American Cuisine Bar & Grill

Tickets can be purchased at any of the venues; cash and checks are accepted.

Advance tickets can also be bought online at: scheamartini2016.eventbrite.com.

Designated Driver tickets will be available for $15 day of for groups of two or more. Wood explained that the ticket holders can enjoy the appetizers at each venue, as well as soda, juice and water for $1.

Some of the martini samplers this year include Nuts-N-Berries from BackStreets, the Manzanero Martini at the Two Amigos, the Mumkin Martini from the Monkey Bar and the Dixie Mojo at Dixie.

“We’re going to do a dessert-style martini,” Wood said of Cruiser’s, adding that it will be Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake, served with cheesecake. “We try to make something unique every year.”

Some of the other appetizers this year are sweet ‘n’ sour meatballs from Ralph’s, Hawaiian skewers from the Tiki Hut, orange-glazed chicken wings from Rockade and garlic dough bites from The Dek.

Wood pointed out that Rack’em will be serving up cheese fondu.

“That’s something that we’ve never had before,” she said.

Attendees will receive a passport and vote on the Best Martini, Best Appetizer and Best Martini Experience. The top three in each category will be recognized, but only the winners earn a banner.

“You’re going to be voting on three different things,” Wood said.

Check-in will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Big John’s plaza or Club Square. Attendees who will not make check-in can pick up their passports and wristbands afterward from Cruiser’s or Dixie.

“The trolley ride is an event in itself,” she said, noting another one was added this year.

There are “trolley hosts,” who play trivia with the riders and hand out prizes.

“They get explained about the different businesses as they go along,” Wood said.

The event helps provide the public with a chance to experience the area.

“They get to see the unique places and what the South Cape has to offer,” she said.

For more information on the 10th Annual Best South Cape Martini Competition, visit the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SouthCapeHospitalityAndEntertainmentAssociations.