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April events for discerning drinkers

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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!

UK - Vermouth Experience & Gin Experience

What: These intimate special editions for professionals and bartenders will be run by Fulvio Piccinino. Only 20 seats are available at each event. Take your pick from these excellent experiences available - vermouth on 1st April and gin on 2nd April. You'll delve into the ingredients, taste the spices behind these products and take home your very own personal bottle at the end of the event.
When: 1-2 April 2019
Where: Notting Hill, London, UK
More info: Find out more & purchase tickets here.

UK - Cocktails In The City

What: Taste drinks from twenty-five of London's leading bars in pop-up all under one roof. Guests will find seven curated arches including the Secret Garden where you can choose your garnishes from the hanging plants, the Experimental Arch where you're invited to blend your own whiskies and the Underground Bunker set in an underground tube carriage. A sell out event in 2018, entry tickets are £20 and include your first cocktail and complimentary cocktail booklet. Subsequent cocktails are £7.50. Exclusive discounted tickets on offer for the opening night available to those in the trade.
When: 4-6 April 2019
Where: The Vaults, London
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Italy - Vinitaly

What: The largest international wine and spirits trade-only show in Italy. Last year saw over 4,000 exhibitors and more than 400 events over the four-day show. This year marks the 53rd edition, and the exhibition offers more networking opportunities, tasting sessions and a full programme of events.
When: 7-10 April 2019
Where: Verona, Italy
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UK - The Wine & Spirits Show

What: The show brings together some of the best wine and spirit brands and also offers masterclasses, a beer zone, delicious food stands and a G&T bar.
When: 12-13 April 2019
Where: London, UK
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UK - Bristol Whisky Festival

What: The Bristol Whisky Festival invites whisky enthusiasts and experts alike to sample great home-grown whiskies from Scotland as well as meet distillers from around the world including from India, Taiwan, Japan and USA. Plus, experience 'under the counter' drams and signup for masterclasses. Buy your tickets at the website below.
When: 13 April 2019
Where: Bristol, UK
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France - Rhum Fest Paris

What: A leading rum show returns for it's 6th edition offering a vibrant event for rum enthusiasts. Covering rum culture, tastings and heritage, this is one of the largest rum festivals in the world. 2018 saw 4,500 members of the public attend, and it intends to be even bigger in 2019. This year, guests will find worldwide rums, exotic foods and a rum-themed escape-room challenge. Note, the third day of the festival is for trade-only.
When: 13-15 April 2019
Where: Paris, France
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UK - The Big Fortified Tasting

What: The BFT is one of the largest wine show's in the world dedicated to fortified wines. In 2018, the show saw fifty producers showcasing almost 300 fortified wines over multiple styles and five masterclasses. Registration is now open. Doors open 10am - 5pm.
When: 16 April 2019
Where: London, UK
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UK - Cognac Cocktail Weekend

What: This five day festival coincides with The Cognac Show, celebrate the spirit in London at some of the best bars. Get your digital pass now free of charge which gives you access to £6 cocktails throughout the festival. This is another event organised by DrinkUp.London in celebration of their 10th anniversary of London Cocktail Week this October.
When: 24-28 April 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: Get your digital pass here.

UK - The Cognac Show

What: The Cognac Show returns for a second year celebrating the fine French spirits. The show offers masterclasses, demonstrations and more than 100 cognacs to sample, cognac cocktails and food pairings.
Trade-only session: On 26 April at Bloomsbury House guests from the trade and press are invited to a cognac session between 12-4pm. Two masterclasses will be running, one hosted by Alexandre Gabriel who will discuss experimentation and ageing. The second will be held by Remy Martin discussing sustainability from the vineyard to your venue.
When: 26-27 April 2019
Where: London, England
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USA - Chicago Rum Fest

What: Network with brand representatives, attend training seminars, taste a wide variety of rums and mingle with industry colleagues.
When: 27 April 2019
Where: Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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USA - Baltimore Cocktail Week

What: In its 5th year, this event sees a week of pop-up bars, workshops, dinners, classes, conversations and parties.
When: TBC - April 2019
Where: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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