Funkin extends Innovation Lab Training Programme to Scotland

Alistair Kelsey

Following the success of its past two training sessions earlier this year, fruit purée brand Funkin is extending its Innovation Lab programme to include Glasgow at the beginning of August.

The exclusive workshops that give bartenders hands-on training are being led by Crucible. Stuart Bale and Alistair Kelsey (pictured) will focus on the art of balancing cocktail flavours and the role Funkin’s range of products play in creating innovative serves.

Funkin managing director Andrew King said: “Training is of vital importance when it comes to recommending, creating and serving cocktails.

“Latest CGA data shows that 72% of people believe that well-trained and knowledgeable bar-staff are important in the decision to drink cocktails and those who are able to advise and guide consumers through a cocktail menu and selection are seen as adding value to the overall drinking experience.”

The free-to-attend Funkin Innovation Labs hit Bristol and Manchester in May and will be arriving in Glasgow on 1 August at Five March, Elderslie Street. Two sessions are available: 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

The bespoke training content has been developed to challenge and stimulate attendees and act as a prequel to the Funkin Innovation Champion 2018 competition taking place in September.

Funkin Innovation Champion 2017 and Funkin innovator Aiste Valiukaite will also participate.

Aiste said: “The Funkin Innovation Labs are educational, inspirational and also a great place to meet other very talented and knowledgeable bartenders. Continuous and consistent improvement is at the core of every great bartender.”

To attend, bartenders should email or contact their Funkin representative. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis as spaces are limited.

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