It wasn’t just the intriguing name, but rather the promise of guacamole, tequila, and fun which attracted a large participation to Spoon St Andrews’ Don’t Guac. More than twenty teams competed to win the sought-after Golden Avocado, each with their own spin on the classic guacamole dish. The night was filled with great music, a tequila shot with the purchase of a ticket, and piles of avocado themed clothing.
The event was hosted at Rascals on North Street. The usually spacious bar was stuffed to maximum capacity during the event on Thursday night. Credit must be given to the teams competing for coming up with hilariously ingenious names such as: “Stop Guac and Roll” and “Don’t Guac with Us.” The latter team won over many of the attendees with possibly the most creative dish of the night – the guacamole stuffed onion ring. Other teams also decided to mix up the classic dish with the addition of pomegranates or extra lime.
The sheer enthusiasm and excitement for guacamole was felt all around the room; certainly a change from many of the typical St Andrews events. Bailey Kraft, a first year St Andrews student, described the competition as “the best event in St Andrews,” to which many observers agreed. As someone who had never been to Rascals before, it left a “very positive first impression.”
Finally, the end of the event brought moment everyone was waiting for – the naming of the winning team. Brothers Harrison and Clayton Rice were honoured with the title of “The Best Guacamole in St Andrews.” They also won a golden trophy, a golden avocado, and a golden bottle of tequila. When asked how he felt about winning, Harrison said he felt “pretty guac-ing awesome.” What a fantastic end to a fantastic night.