Diageo’s 2020 World Class Bartender of the Year Global Final has been pushed back to 2021 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The event was due to be held in Sydney in September 2020.

“It’s immensely disappointing for all of us at Diageo Australia to confirm the postponement of the Diageo 2020 World Class Global Final in Sydney this year but it’s absolutely the right call to make,” said Andrew Oughton, Diageo Australia Marketing & Innovation director. “This means that unfortunately the Australian 2020 World Class Bartender of the Year competition will also be postponed.

“To our friends in Australia’s bar industry, I want you to know that just because we can’t host the World Class Global Final this year, we won’t be walking away from supporting the on-premise in the challenging months we all face ahead. We’re already looking at other ways Diageo can celebrate and support the exceptional bars and talent in Australia in 2020 and we can’t wait for Sydney to host the World Class Global Final when it returns in 2021.”

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