Third annual Nog Off expands to regional affair

One of Fayetteville’s newest holiday traditions is back, and bigger than ever in 2015.

Of course, we’re talking about the third annual Nog Off, the eggnog making competition that began in 2013 at Maxine’s Tap Room.

This year, the event will expand into a regional fundraising competition organized by the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the US Bartenders Guild. Events are planned this year in both Benton and Washington Counties, pitting bartenders from both regions against each other to see who can raise the most money for the charity of their choice.

The event will kick off in Benton County this year, with bartenders from eight Benton County watering holes creating their best ‘nogs to benefit NWA Children’s Shelter on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 21C Hotel. The Benton County will also feature guest bartender Courtney Crocket of the Kansas City Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild.

The Fayetteville event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Chancellor Hotel, and will also feature eight local bartenders creating their unique eggnogs along with guest guild bartender Jeff Cole from the Oklahoma City chapter of the USBG. The Fayetteville group will be raising money for the new Magdeline Serenity House project, providing sanctuary for healing and recovery for women who have survived lives of childhood sexual abuse, addiction, human trafficking and prostitution.

Admission to both events is $15, and includes a flight of eight eggnogs created by some of the best bartenders in the business. Both events begin at 6 p.m.

The bartenders will compete each night for your votes for the peoples choice competition, and the Washington and Benton County events will compete to see who can raise the most money for their local charities.

For more information, check out the Facebook Page for the event. You can also follow NWA Bartenders Guild on Instagram or Facebook.

Go Fayetteville! Go eggnog! Everybody wins.