Bigger! Better! Battle! Our fourth annual Battle of the Botanicals boasts an outstanding line-up of teams – here’s who’s confirmed so far (more will be added!): NEW THIS YEAR Kaiju | Amherst 2018 WINNER Bistro 63 | Amherst RETURNING 30Boltwood | Amherst (Top 3 in 2016 & 2018) Alvah Stone | Montague Homestead. | Northampton Hope & Olive |Greenfield Johnny’s Tavern | Amherst MOCKTAILS, ICED COFFEE, AND OTHER TREATS FROM: Esselon Cafe & Coffee Roasting | Hadley Minim Juicery | Iconica Social Club | Northampton Join us to see who makes it to the competition stage and takes home the crown in the toughest year of competition yet! Don’t wait, GET YOUR TICKETS today (https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/battle-of-the-botanicals/)— these talented chefs & mixologists serve up amazing botanically inspired appetizers and cocktails you won’t want to miss. Indulge in the offerings at all stations, vote for your favorite to help determine who goes head-to-head in the mystery box cocktail mix-off challenge (hosted by 93.9 The River’s spectacular Joan Holliday), enjoy the summer evening on the outdoor patio, recline in the mezzanine lounge with DJ Just Joan – you won’t want to miss this evening of great food, fun, and entertainment, all for the benefit of the Hitchcock Center‘s innovative year-round environmental education! VIP package: Beat the line and get early access to the event! Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with this year’s teams starting at 5:15; hear about their techniques and approach to the competition, learn about the botanical features they selected, sample their creations early, and receive a complimentary beer or wine. Plus, view the competition during the event from the VIP viewing section, above the bustle of the crowd, on the entry-level mezzanine directly facing the stage. VIP package limited to 50 people.