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Cool As Summer Refresher Challenge

Cool As Summer Refresher Challenge

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  • Thu 14 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fri 15 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sat 16 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sun 17 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Mon 18 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tue 19 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wed 20 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Thu 21 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sat 23 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sun 24 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Mon 25 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Tue 26 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Wed 27 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Thu 28 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Fri 29 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sat 30 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
  • Sun 31 Jan, 7:00am – 8:00pm
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Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington


All Ages

New Zealand’s only Summer Refresher Drink Challenge returns to Lower Hutt CBD in January

The “Cool As Challenge™” Summer Refresher Drink Challenge, into its sixth year, 14 Lower Hutt CBD hospitality operators including cafes, restaurants, bars and a bakery in Lower Hutt have created 17 limited edition signature summer refresher drinks for people to enjoy over two weeks. Drinks on offer include flavours like sherbet jelly, lemon meringue pie, caramel popcorn and passionfruit flavoured pavlova, These are just some of the creative and delectable drinks up for grabs when New Zealand’s only cold drink challenge gets underway in Lower Hutt. Creativity and innovation is once again shown through with this year’s entries. Customers can be treated to a Loaded Donut inspired milkshake from Fix Federation, a Taste of Honey beverage featuring Manuka Honey SHOTT Beverages syrup and Tapioca pearls from Roadhouse Bar & Grill, an Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie drink from The Crooked Elm, a Sherbet Jelly Slushie for the kids from Buzz and even a humorous Not So Karen cocktail for the adults from Atrium Cafe - there is something to suit all taste buds. The Challenge is a great way to reconnect with your workmates and friends after Christmas or to extend those family gatherings.

As in every year, customers will be given the chance to vote for their favourite drink by QR code located in each cafe. Choose between Yeah/Nah, Cool or Cool As to score every drink on the basis of creativity, flavour and presentation, vote every time a Cool As Challenge™ drink is enjoyed. If the drink is extra amazing, 5 points extra can be awarded by posting a selfie while enjoying the Cool As Challenge™ drink on “Cool As Challenge ™” Summer Refresher’s Facebook, and Instagram pages, with the winning drink, declared at the end of the challenge. Cool As Challenge™ is a refreshing way to support local.

To find out more about the challenge visit the “Cool As Challenge™” website or its Facebook and Instagram page.

The Challenge, originally founded by the Hutt City Council as a way to inspire local cafes to be creative and to attract people into the Lower Hutt CBD, it has grown in popularity since it was launched in 2016. It is also a ‘summer version’ 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.

Cafes trading hours and addresses drink ingredients.

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