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Our monthly listing of events, seminars and tastings which we consider of interest to discerning drinkers. Those events which are drinks industry specific, or have days/periods that are industry specific are marked accordingly. Enjoy!
What: The UK's biggest and best whisky show brings together distillers, experts and enthusiasts to share what must be the best selection of whiskies for tasting anywhere (over 650 to taste).
When: Saturday 30th September - 1st October 2017
Where: Old Billingsgate Market, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London, EC3R 6DX
More info: Whisky Show
What: Europe's largest cocktail festival. Download the free DrinkUp.London app, buy your £10 digital pass, then enjoy signature £6 cocktails at all participating bars simply by showing the bartender your pass. In addition, there are numerous drinks industry specific events across London and all the action and cocktails at The Cocktail Village.
When: Monday 2nd - Sunday 8th October 2017
Where: Unlimited £6 cocktails in more than 250 venues across the week + The Cocktail Village (tickets £5) at Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, London, E1 6EW
More info: London Cocktail Week
What: So popular is this drinks industry only convention that tickets sell out well in advance - no ticket = no entry. Stands displaying products from distillers big and small plus seminars on topics from coffee to molecular mixology.
When: Tuesday 10th - Wednesday 11th October 2017
Where: STATION-Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin, Germany
More info: Bar Convent Berlin
What: Attendees at BCB can sign up to attend one of more of this series of three free seninars aimed at drinks entrepreneurs.
When: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Where: Within BCB (see above), Station Berlin, Germany
More info: Distill Ventures at BCB
What: Featuring "live experiences from over 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, live music, art and so much more."
When: Friday 13th - Sunday 15th October 2017
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
More info: NewYorkCoffeeFestival.com
What: Specifically For new or boutique rums and cachaça brands.
When: 1pm-7pm Friday 13th October 2017
Where: The ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD
More info: RumFest.co.uk
What: Staged over two days, this is the UK's only trade and consumer show for the rum industry and world's largest rum festival.
When: Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th October 2017
Where: ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1UD
More info: RumFest
What: During National Calvados Week over 100 bars, shops, supermarkets and independent off licenses across the UK will be offering calvados drinks and cocktails. Some retailers will offer 20% on selected brands of calvados.
When: Monday 16th - Sunday 22nd October 2017
Where: Taking place within bars and retailers across the UK.
More info: NationalCalvadosWeek.com
What: An unmissable inspirational and edicational seminar for professional bartenders with presenters Erik Lorincz (head bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy), JJ Goodman (co-founder of the London Cocktail Club and Cam Dawson (Jack Daniel's ambassador). It is essential to pre-register and places are limited.
When: noon-4pm Thursday 26th October
More info: The Liverpool Sessions
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