Given the current limits on public gatherings due to Covid-19, the Hitchcock Center has cancelled Battle of the Botanicals on June 10 this year.

The cancellation of this benefit means a loss of substantial funds as we work to provide new programming in the face of challenging constraints. Please consider a donation to help us fill the gap. Your gift of any size will sustain us until we can gather together again. Thank you!

Join us for an evening of botanically inspired cocktails and appetizers from our area’s top mixologists and chefs to benefit the Hitchcock Center’s sustainability, environmental justice, natural history and STEM programming!  All proceeds help to provide year-round education for a healthy planet to over 13,000 people of all ages.


Battle Champion — Best Cocktail: Homestead.
Battle Finalist Best Cocktail: 30Boltwood
Battle Finalist — Best Cocktail: Bistro 63
People’s Choice — Best Small Bite: The Alvah Stone
Judges’ Choice — Best Small Bite: 30Boltwood

Thank you to our restaurant teams, sponsors, and to all who joined us for another fun year of Battle of the Botanicals. Check out the 2019 Battle Program to read about each participating restaurant’s chef and bartender.


Kaiju | Amherst
Bistro 63 | Amherst | 2018 Winner
30Boltwood | Amherst
The Alvah Stone | Montague
Homestead. | Northampton
Johnny’s Tavern | Amherst


Esselon Cafe & Coffee Roasting | Hadley
Minim Juicery | Iconica Social Club | Northampton

Stay for the afterparty! In response to your feedback, this year there’s more to enjoy after the winner is crowned: DJ Just Joan is ready for a dance party, and Santo Taco is bringing their delicious, authentic Mexican street food for you to purchase and enjoy on the patio! Specializing in tacos with seasonably local, organic and sustainable products, Santo Taco also offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Their homemade salsas can’t be beat!

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.

Download the 2018 Battle Program complete with recipes,
chef and bartender biographies.

Did you catch us on 93.9 The River?

The River, event spot 1.

The River, event spot 2.

A few images from Battle of the Botanicals:

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