Calling all Vail drink slingers |

Calling all Vail drink slingers

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoPartiers at last year's CarniVail celebrate with hurricanes.

VAIL, Colorado Highline Sports & Entertainment announced that CarniVail, Vails annual Mardi Gras festival, will host its first Navan Cocktail Mix-Off Competition from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Tap Room. Vail Valley bartenders and mixologists are invited to submit cocktail recipes with the use of Navan Vanilla Liqueur, Chopin Potato Vodka or 10 Cane Rum for the chance to win CarniVails prestigious award. Prior to the Mix-Off, the 10 Cane Crawfish Boil will be held at Eagles Nest on Vail Mountain from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Navans Cocktail Mix-Off Competition is a fun addition to this years CarniVail festivities, said Missy Johnson, of Highline Sports & Entertainment. Its a great event to kick off Vails Mardi Gras festival and a fantastic opportunity for the valleys bartenders to show off their cocktail-making skills. The prize package is pretty sweet, too. Cocktails will be judged by a select CarniVail panel based on creativity, presentation, taste and integration of Navan, Chopin or 10 Cane into the beverage. The winning mixologist will receive a prize package from Navan, a one-night stay at a premier Vail Village hotel and two VIP tickets to CarniVails Friday night concert, Jo Jos Mardi Gras Band. In addition, the winning cocktail will be featured in the VIP area during the CarniVail Street Parade and Fridays headliner concert. Registration for the Navan Cocktail Mix-Off Competition is free and is now available online at All entry forms and recipes must be submitted to Highline Sports & Entertainment no later than Wednesday. Alcohol, mixers, blenders, glasses and utilities will be provided on-site at the Tap Room on event day. Contact Missy Johnson at Highline Sports at or 970-467-6797 ext. 112 with questions. Its all part of the CarniVail festival, Vails annual Mardi Gras festival held Feb. 22-24. New this year will be a free concert featuring Jo Jos Mardi Gras Band with Widespread Panics Jo Jo held Feb. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie concert venue in Vail Village. For a complete CarniVail schedule, visit

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