Bajan Association of Rum Shops (B.A.R.S. Inc.) launches debut “The Art of Bartending” workshop

Taking it to the next level! The Bajan Association of Rum Shops (B.A.R.S. Inc.) recently launched its inaugural “The Art of Bartending” seminar series in an effort to advance the level of service within the rum industry establishments across Barbados.

A press conference was held two weeks ago at the Headquarters of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) to announce to Association members as well as anyone from the general public interested in acquiring a new skill or improving their existing skills behind the bar.

A press conference was held two weeks ago at the Headquarters of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) to announce to Association members as well as anyone from the general public interested in acquiring a new skill or improving their existing skills behind the bar.

B.A.R.S. Inc Executive Ms. Raeann Beckles says “the training sessions is also perfect for the market as we want the shops/bars to add cocktails to their menu and in doing this will promote local rums and chasers. This will not only add a viable and profitable product to the Rum shops but also encourage increased sales for local rums. We are pleased to have 17 persons already registered”.

B.A.R.S. Inc. is pleased to have on board its partners; Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Claytons Kola Tonic, and the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI).

I’m pleased to be part of this initiative, to educate and enhance the skills of the persons serving our products,” says Cheryl Armstrong, Marketing Manager, Armstrong Agencies, representing, Claytons Kola Tonic, sponsor of the Art of Bartending Seminar.

Liana Welch, Programme Officer, BCSI observed: “We see this as a vital initiative and we at the BCSI are very pleased to be a part of it. We continually campaign for the skills upgrading and capacity building for practitioners within the services sectors and our intentions for the Bajan Association of Rum Shops are no different.

Seminar facilitator Nikos Arvanitis was also present to share what persons could look forward to during the courses. Nikos is also a Greek Master Blender who possesses a sincere passion for cocktails and the history of Caribbean rum. His passion has brought him to Barbados as a rum traveler, to uncover the history behind the birthplace of rum; as he is presently compiling literature for his new book.

Seminar facilitator Nikos Arvanitis was also present to share what persons could look forward to during the courses. Nikos is also a Greek Master Blender who possesses a sincere passion for cocktails and the history of Caribbean rum. His passion has brought him to Barbados as a rum traveler, to uncover the history behind the birthplace of rum; as he is presently compiling literature for his new book.

The seminars run from May 14th to July 30th, 2015 with courses for both Beginners and Advanced.

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