The Park City Cocktail Contest has gone through some changes over the years.

It was originally established in the mid-2000s, as a yearly event where judges and the public would gather and judge Park City Area Restaurant Association bartenders' creative libations.

A couple of years ago, the contest became a bi-annual event that named a spring and fall drink for Park City.

The spring mix is available throughout the summer and the fall drink is available during the winter.

This year, the event, which benefits the People's Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care to the area's uninsured residents, has been moved to a Friday, and will be held in the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley ballroom, said Sarah Myers, public relations manage at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley.

"We also wanted to change it up a bit this year and hold it on a Friday night, so more people can attend," Myers said. "With the ballroom space we have, we're hoping to make this year's contest more of an accessible event. We're going to have flat screen TVs set up so that everyone in the room can be involved with seeing the creation of the cocktails."

There will be 16 mixologists who will show off their skills to see whose concoction will be named Park City's Signature Cocktail. (See accompanying story titled "Cocktail Contest mixologists"). The Stein Eriksen mixer will be Cody Childers, who will mix the Fig Sidecar.

This year's judges will include Salt Lake Magazine food editor Mary Malouf, City Weekly food editor Ted Scheffler and Park Record Publisher Andy Bernhard, to name a few.


The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a trophy. Also, winning drink will be available on the menu of all the Park City Area Restaurant Association's bars and eateries throughout the fall and winter.

Admission is $10.

"Five dollars of each admission will go directly to the PHC and the other $5 will go to cover costs of running the event," Myers said. "Also, since people sometimes stay at the lodge during the cocktail contest, we decided to donate 10 percent of the room revenue to the PHC as well."

To date, according to the PCRA, the cocktail contest has raised more than $6,000 for PHC, Myers said.

The idea to hold this year's contest at Stein Eriksen Lodge came at the conclusion of last spring's contest that was held at Cisero's and won by Deer Valley Grocery Café's Bickmore and Bonnie Ulmer's Flower & Pine mixing.

"We thought it would be fun to bring people up to Stein's and have a fun night and benefit a good cause," Myers said. "We feel the PHC is an important addition to our community and serves a huge need here. We are so fortunate to have them in our community.

"This is a fun community event in the fall where all the bars and restaurants are preparing for the winter season," she said. "We're members of the Park City Area Restaurant Association and we're involved in wanting to support and participate in these types of things."

Myers, who has been with Stein Eriksen Lodge for four years, is looking forward to the event.

"Just so people will know, we are undergoing some construction," she said. "So, when people come up to the lodge, and see a large crane, they need not worry. We're still going to have the contest."

The Park City Fall Cocktail Contest will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at Stein Eriksen Lodge, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees must be aged 21 and older. Admission is $10 and the a portion of the money will be donated to the People's Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization that provides medical care for uninsured families in Summit and Wasatch Counties. For more information, visit .