Vancouver Iced Summer Drink Challenge Winners 2021

The  Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge was a success featuring creations from cafes and restaurants around Vancouver. Each spot featured their creation from July 9 – August 1, 2021. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

The Winners are: 

1st Place (tie):

{99 points}

Craft Café

Salted Caramel Mocha Float

Price: $7.50

Created by: Mariia Vernigorova and Anna Choi

Description: Beat the heat and let us “float” you away to the caramel sunsets and fresh ocean breezes of South America

Ingredients: Coco salted caramel bean to bar chocolate, single-origin espresso from The Barn, whole milk, vanilla ice cream, raspberries

Offered: all the time

Available: for dine-in and take-out only.

Craft Cafe

960 Quayside Dr Unit 115, New Westminster

Tel:778-655-8305

Web:https://www.craftcafe.ca/

Instagram @craftcafe.ca

1st Place (tie):

{99 points}

Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

The Refresher

Price: $4

Created by: Barista, Amigo Wang

Description:  Beat the heat with this seriously chill cold brew tea. We love this recipe because it’s got a strong tea flavour without being bitter. This refreshing drink combines two summer favourites: Honeybush and Peppermint. This tea holds all the tasty secrets of the mint and the honey-like smell from the Honeybush.

Offered: all the time

Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

450 Granville Street | Phone (604) 684-5022

1160 Davie Street | Phone (604) 633-0121

970 George Street |604-215-1846

321 Water Street | Phone (604) 633-3880

738 Granville Street |Phone (604) 688-0388

2655 Arbutus Street | Phone (604) 732-0092

1598 West Broadway | Phone 778- 379-4050

Web: https://treescoffee.com

Twitter: @TreesOrganic

Instagram: @treescoffee

2nd Place:

{98 points}

Bambu

Hawaiian Kylee

Price: $6.50

Created by: Kylee

Description: Hawaiian Basil fresh fruit tea

Ingredients: Jasmine green tea, basil seeds, passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, fresh strawberry/kiwi/mango chunks, fresh orange slices, ice

Offered: All the time

Available: UberEats/ Skipthedishes/doordash/Fantuan

Bambu

1090 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 336-9009

Web:https://bambuvancouver.com/

Instagram @bambuvancouver

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Iced Summer Drink Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

The Refresher

Price: $4

Created by: Barista, Amigo Wang

Description:  Beat the heat with this seriously chill cold brew tea. We love this recipe because it’s got a strong tea flavour without being bitter. This refreshing drink combines two summer favourites: Honeybush and Peppermint. This tea holds all the tasty secrets of the mint and the honey-like smell from the Honeybush.

Offered: all the time

Trees Cheesecake + Organic Coffee

450 Granville Street | Phone (604) 684-5022

1160 Davie Street | Phone (604) 633-0121

970 George Street |604-215-1846

321 Water Street | Phone (604) 633-3880

738 Granville Street |Phone (604) 688-0388

2655 Arbutus Street | Phone (604) 732-0092

1598 West Broadway | Phone 778- 379-4050

Web: https://treescoffee.com

Twitter: @TreesOrganic

Instagram: @treescoffee

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Bambu

Hawaiian Kylee

Price: $6.50

Created by: Kylee

Description: Hawaiian Basil fresh fruit tea

Ingredients: Jasmine green tea, basil seeds, passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, fresh strawberry/kiwi/mango chunks, fresh orange slices, ice

Offered: All the time

Available: UberEats/ Skipthedishes/doordash/Fantuan

Bambu

1090 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 336-9009

Web:https://bambuvancouver.com/

Instagram @bambuvancouver

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Craft Café

Salted Caramel Mocha Float

Price: $7.50

Created by: Mariia Vernigorova and Anna Choi

Description: Beat the heat and let us “float” you away to the caramel sunsets and fresh ocean breezes of South America

Ingredients: Coco salted caramel bean to bar chocolate, single-origin espresso from The Barn, whole milk, vanilla ice cream, raspberries

Offered: all the time

Available: for dine-in and take-out only.

Craft Cafe

960 Quayside Dr Unit 115, New Westminster

Tel:778-655-8305

Web:https://www.craftcafe.ca/

Instagram @craftcafe.ca

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Jay Minter, Shelley Hayashi and Hanson Do.

Thank you to all the cafes that accepted my invitation and featured the Iced Summer Drink Challenge creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning cafes to try their Iced Summer Drink creations! See all the Iced Summer Drink Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak