Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh hosts World Flair Association Grand Slam

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The international bartending elite gathered at Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh for World Flair Association (WFA) Grand Slam Final Competition on Monday night – the first time the competition was held outside of London.

The event attracted bartenders around the globe, including Argentina, Japan, Romania, Finland, and the UK and the top six contestants from each of the three qualifying rounds at Ballie Ballerson in London made their way to the Scottish capital to be judged on their choreography, originality, and difficulty.

Taking home the top prize of the night, Roman Zapata, from Flair Academy Milano in Argentina, impressed judges with his attention to detail, slick moves and entertaining style with Ballie Ballerson’s own bartender, Michael Moreni, coming in close second.

Head judge, Tony Adams, said, “I’ve been judging bartending competitions like this for 15 years and this is the tightest competition I’ve judged. The top 3 totally nailed it and were close to perfection. It’s been amazing to see Edinburgh get behind us – the crowd and the atmosphere has been awesome and seeing so many new people getting involved has been great.”

Operations director and co-owner of Ballie Ballerson, George Armstrong, added, “Hosting the final in Edinburgh for the first time was so special. It was great to see the supportive atmosphere and such a tight-knit community within the industry. We want to wish a huge congratulations to all the deserving winners and we were especially proud of Ballie Ballerson’s own bartenders, Michael Moreni and Pietro Puccio, competing in the final.”

The World Flair Association competition will return to Ballie Ballerson in 2023.