It all started with a Facebook competition. And now the time has finally arrived. We are on our way to Bushmills in Ireland!
Thousands of whisky fans entered the Make it 2 Bushmills competition with the hope they would be chosen to represent South Africa at Bushcamp in Northern Ireland.
Make it 2 Bushmills, hosted by Bushmills Irish Whisky Master Distiller Colum Egan, is offering two friends the chance to spend two weeks at the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery. They will make their own whisky, live in a luxury penthouse, get £5 000 (about R58 500) spending money to share and VIP access to the ultimate Bushmills party that will be hosted in the winners’ country.
So now it is time for our guys to step up and bring the party home! 30-year-old orthotist and prosthetist, Sean Tickner, and 27-year-old brand strategist and marketing consultant Jonathan Oliff, are the lucky friends who will be competing in Belfast this week. They received the most votes on Facebook for their entry. In fact, South Africa had the highest number of entries of any of the 11 countries taking part (Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, and USA).
Sean and Jonathan will compete against 10 other pairs from the other countries in a number of challenges to find the ultimate winners of Make it 2 Buhsmills. Challenges include barrel-rolling, beach golf and DJ-ing, among others.
The final will be judged by Bushmills Master Distiller Colum Edan, Kevin Baird of Two Door Cinema Club, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records, and Rob Allanson of Whisky Magazine.
You can also visit the Bushmills South Africa Facebook page to follow Sean and Jonathan's progress and for more information on Make it 2 Bushmills.
Let the games begin!