SAVE THE DATE FEB. 25-27 2018



Shake & Sling Pavilion 

Explore the Shake & Sling pavilion at RC Show 2017 for the latest in innovative beverage options, bar products, education and competitions. You'll also want to check out the Beer Garden, LCBO and the Beer Store where you can sample some the best of wine and beer on the market.



Join the fun as McCain lets you sample cocktails with edible toppers throughout the show. You can even pick up the recipes, so you can make them after the show. Will you try the Caesar with Chilli Garlic Bites, or opt for the Roto topped with a Chocolate Brownie Bite?

Whichever you choose, be sure to enter their giveaway of two $500 drink-making sets, complete with McCain products and liquor. Visit the all-new Snack Bar, where you can enjoy a Neal Brothers munchie while enjoying your drink. Add to that the Beer Garden featuring a variety of beers, and booths hosted by the LCBO and the Beer Store to find everything related to serving and marketing alcohol in one place – the Shake & Sling Pavilion!


Sean Finter will present a series of seminars you can’t miss if you want to take your business to the next level:

Napkinomics: The art and science of building a one-page service strategy (Shake & Sling Pavilion, Monday at 11 am)

Smash your revenue ceiling: Harvest business profits like never before! (Theatre/Presentation stage, Monday at 12:30 pm)

Sean Finter is one of the most sought-after hospitality coaches in the world. He is the founder and CEO of Barmetrix, a consulting firm he founded that has worked with over 6,000 hospitality teams since he sold his bar and restaurant group in 2003. He's the author of Diageo's Business of Bars program used all over the world.
Check out Sean Finter in action here.





RC Bartending Championships, sponsored by YouFlair and Finest Call 

Don't miss three days of competitions at RC Bartending Championships, sponsored by YouFlair and Finest Call, and hosted by Dean Serneels, flair bartender and master mixologist. Enter to compete for $10,000 worth of cash prizes and trips! Here’s what you can look forward to:


Day one

Beer blade challenge

The challenge is simple, and bragging rights are endless – open six bottles of beer as fast as you can to win!


Join us at 1 pm to get Screeched In at the Shake and Sling Stage! Hosted by El Dorado.

Tandem YouFlair show.

Watch a tandem team perform a choreographed flair show. A few audience members will be invited to the stage to take part in a flair pour – the waterfall! 


Day two

Speed Round challenge

Think you’re the fastest pour in town? Be prepared to live up to your words, as you compete with other challengers for the title. You’ll mix three cocktails – one stirred, one shaken, and one built – and pour a beer into a highball glass. Only the speediest will make it to tomorrow’s finals, so don’t hold back!

Flair Qualifiers

Join us for the qualifying rounds of the flair competition, and come back for tomorrow's finals!

Tandem YouFlair Show

The tandem flair team will return on day 2 to amaze you with their choreographed flair show.

Day three

Speed Round Finals

The fastest Speed Round pourers from yesterday’s semi-finals will be back today to compete for supremacy. Only one competitor can win – maybe it’ll be you!

Flair Finals

You’ve got five minutes to make three drinks, and maximize the flair. If you aren’t participating, make sure you’re in the crowd to cheer the finalists on!

Tandem YouFlair Show

It’s your last chance to see the incredible tandem flair team in action! 

All competitions will be judged by our celebrity panel:

  • Sandy Almeida, bartender at the Drake Hotel
  • Matt Jones, Whiskey Chef
  • Mike McLean, Director of Sales and Marketing, Flairco

Don’t miss Elyse Lambert, Best Sommelier in Canada 2015, and 5th-best sommelier in the world 2016.

CONTEST ALERT! BARTENDER COMPETITORS ONLY will have a chance to win an all expense paid trip to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to visit Jim Beam in September 2017!

The competitions and demonstrations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Shake & Sling!

Contest Alert  

kitchenaid Extreme Smoothness contest at RC Show
KitchenAid will be giving away a KitchenAid Commercial Countertop Blender every day!

Every day at the show, KitchenAid will give away a KitchenAid Commercial KSBC1B0 Series Countertop Blender. The powerful 3.5HP motor blends a margarita in just 22 seconds, and the 60-oz BPA-free jar is engineered to optimize performance, with beveled corners that allow for clean pouring from three sides. The die-cast metal motor base stands up to rough kitchen and bar conditions, and comes with a 3-year hassle-free warranty. 


Special thanks to BYOB Cocktail Emporium for the use of bar tools in Shake & Sling and at the Bartender Championships! BYOB is Toronto’s one-stop shop for all your cocktail equipment.

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11:30 AM - The ABCs of Food & Beer Pairing

Optimize sales and enhance the guest experience by pairing beer and food together.

From the American Lager and Burger, to a Farmhouse Ale with Oysters – learn the principles of beer and food pairing that apply to all types of cuisine and styles of beer.

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12:30 PM - Screeched In


Dean Serneels

2:30 PM - Bartender competitions

Beer blade Challenge


Sean Finter will be at the RC Show

11:00 AM - Napkinomics

Put your team on the same page (literally!) and learn how to turn drop-ins into repeat guests. Sean Finter, founder and CEO of Barmetrix, is one of the most sought-after hospitality coaches in the world.

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12:00 PM - Whiskey 101

The art of old-school cocktail.

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1:30 PM - What’s Your Style? The Beer Style Speed Date

The strength of your beer menu lies in its diversity to meet various tastes and occasions.

Defined by differences in appearance, aroma, flavour, strength and bitterness – meet 15 different beer styles in 15 minutes.

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2:30 PM - Bartender competitions

Speed round qualifiers and flair qualifiers


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11:00 AM - Oysters & Whiskey

Pairings and tasting experience: How to taste oysters properly and create classic drink pairings.

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12:00 PM - Whiskey 101

The art of old-school cocktail.

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2:30 PM - Bartender competitions

Speed round finals and flair finals


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1155 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1J4

1-800-387-5649 ext: SHOW (7469)

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