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Cool, Crafty and Pink:
CoolCraft Summer Returns for Year 2

Summer is here, and it has never tasted this good! Organized by West Volusia Tourism, this year's CoolCraft Summer features 17 talented CoolCrafters ready to showcase their 19 Flamingo-Inspired tropical creations with a West Volusia twist. From June 23, 2023 (Pink Flamingo Day) to September 4, 2023 (Labor Day), CoolCraft Summer invites visitors to embark on a flavor-filled journey. Explore the participating locations, indulge in their unique offerings, and cast your vote for the best drink here. With esteemed guest judges from Flamingo Magazine and the highly coveted "People's Choice" awards hanging over our CoolCrafters, get ready for a summer that's Cool, Crafty, and Pink!

Be sure to share your CoolCraft Journey this summer by using #CoolCraftSummer and #CoolCraftTrail with all your drinks!

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This year, CoolCraft Summer has a mascot, and his name is Dougie! A former visitor turned current resident of West Volusia County, Dougie loved all the beverages created by CoolCrafters last year so much that he decided to relocate here with his creche, a group of young flamingos! This summer, Dougie is bursting with excitement to venture out and sample a variety of drinks, particularly the alcoholic ones. There's no telling the kind of mischief he'll find himself in, so join us on his CoolCraft Summer Journey by following #CoolCraftDougie on Social Media.

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This year, the CoolCraft Beverage Trail pass gives you the chance to collect prizes along the way during your 'Spirit'ual Journey! Get a Dougie Sticker Sheet, a Flamingo Bottle Opener Keychain, and/or a free Flamingo Magazine subscription when you visit stops along the CoolCraft Trail this Summer in West Volusia!

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Introducing the dedicated and passionate CoolCrafters, the talented team behind a year-long quest for greatness! With unwavering commitment and creativity, these artisans have poured their hearts into crafting the finest CoolCraft concoctions. From innovative recipes to meticulous techniques, they've perfected their craft, aiming to claim victory in this year's competition.

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Just select a drink and enter in your email to cast your vote.

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what is a flamingo

"Wait, I'm sorry, but what exactly is a Flamingo Magazine?"

Flamingo is Florida’s only statewide lifestyle magazine covering people, travel, outdoor pursuits, food, conservation, culture and style across the state! Flamingo is the authority on living an authentic Florida lifestyle from Pensacola to Key West and all points in between. More than a magazine, Flamingo is a movement— unifying Florida’s diverse cultures and vast landscapes, creating the go-to destination for the most compelling Florida stories, and inspiring readers to go out and experience the land, waterways, food, arts and culture of the Sunshine State.

And, Flamingo is our partner and guest judge for this year's CoolCraft Summer Beverage Competition!


More information on West Volusia County can be picked up in our Visitor Center located at 116 W. New York Avenue in Downtown DeLand, FL or can be found online on our website at Please call 386-734-0162 for more information.

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