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Cool As Drink Challenge returns for 2020

Fancy a ‘pie in the shake’, an iced banana drink topped with pancakes, bacon and banana chips or a dual coloured fruit slushie that will freeze the brain?

These are just some of the crazy and delectable drinks up for grabs when New Zealand’s only cold drink challenge kicks off in Lower Hutt this month.

The “Cool As” Summer Refresher Drink Challenge, into it’s fifth year, will see 15 hospitality operators including cafes, restaurants, bars and a bakery in Lower Hutt create their own limited edition signature summer refresher drinks for people to enjoy over two weeks. Customers will be the given the chance to vote for their favourite drink by ballot or on “Cool As” Summer Refresher’s Facebook page, with the winner declared at the end of the challenge which takes place from 16 – 31 January, 2020.

The challenge, founded by Hutt City Council as a way to inspire local cafes to be creative and attract people to the Lower Hutt CBD, has grown in popularity since it was launched in 2016. It was also the direct result of the successful Sweet As Hot Chocolate Challenge™, in which Central Hutt cafes create signature hot chocolates for customers to taste and rank over three weeks in winter.

To find out more about the challenge visit the “Cool As” Summer Refresher’s Facebook page, visit any of the participating cafes below, or download the A5 booklet (3MB PDF).

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