March 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!

USA - Vinexpo New York

Trade-only
What: This year, the show has expanded, with a space almost double in size from 2018's. Guests will have the opportunity to network, visit 'Wow! World of Organic Wines exhibit' a tasting area dedicated to organic wine, and attend masterclasses and conferences focused on current trends and issues of the industry.
When: 4-5 March 2019
Where: Manhattan, NY, USA
More info: VinexpoNewYork.com


International - Absinthe Day

What: A whole day dedicated to the spirit. Its deserving of celebrations after long lasting bans, including in the USA and the UK.
When: 5 March 2019
Where: Global!
More info: Absinthe Day


USA - Top Taco & Agave Week

What: A celebration and an excuse to drink tequila & mezcal, there will be a full programme of events, dinners, parties and seminars during the 5-day event, including Top Tequila Competition and Don Julio Scavenger Hunt alongside restaurant pop-ups, tastings, seminars and cocktail classes. Over 40 of the best restaurants in New Orleans will compete to make the top taco and top margarita on the last day of Agave Week at the annual Top Taco festival. Tickets can be bought here. A portion of profits will be going to Foster Nola, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children in the foster care system. Tickets are available now.
When: 10-14 March 2019
Where: New Orleans, USA
More info: See up-to-date news on Agave Week's Facebook page.


UK - IBWSS

Trade-only
What: Meet some of the biggest and best bulk wine, spirits and private label suppliers from around the world. Buyers have the opportunity to meet producers all under one roof. Register now.
When: 11-12 March 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: IBWSShowUK.com


UK - BeerX

Trade-only
What: A two-day festival featuring expertly led masterclasses, a beer and business awards, panel discussions and seminars plus the opportunity to network. Register for a delegate pass now.
When: 13-14 March 2019
Where: Liverpool, UK
More info: BeerX.org


UK - ScotHot 2019

Trade-only
What: Join professionals at Scotland's biggest hospitality trade event, ScotHot. Guests have the opportunity to meet with suppliers, network and learn about the latest trends in the industry. Register for free here.
When: 13-14 March 2019
Where: Scotland, UK
More info: ScotHot.co.uk


UK - The Whiskey Affair Festival

What: A festival with live music, a photo booth, fine whisky cocktails, a free masterclass and guest speakers, hosted at The Old Ship Hotel. Tickets are £9.
When: 16 March 2019
Where: Brighton, UK
More info: TheWhiskeyAffair.co.uk


Germany - ProWein

Trade-only
What: One of the largest trade shows in Europe for wines and spirits. This year ProWein celebrate their 25th edition and they expect around 6,800 exhibitors to attend over three days and around 60,000 wine professionals. Visitors will have the opportunity to network and discover a great selection of products and services on display.
When: 17-19 March 2019
Where: Düsseldorf, Germany
More info: ProWein.com


Thailand - Vesper Fest

What: Vesper, in Bangkok, Thailand, invites you to their very own festival to celebrate their birthday! Leading bartenders from across Asia, Lorenzo Antinori from Four Seasons Hotel, Akihito Eguchi from Gibson and Rusty Cerven from Skai, will be taking over the bar for three days to mark Vesper's 5th anniversary. Go along and join the celebrations, and meet top bartenders in the Asian bar scene.
When: 19-21 March 2019
Where: Bangkok, Thailand
More info: Vesperbar.co


UK - The Future of Mixed Drinks with Jigger Beaker Glass

Trade-only
What: The Jigger Beaker Glass tour stops off on Leeds with The Future of Mixed Drinks. Join Tristan Stephenson, Craig Harper, Remy Savage and The Bacardi Brown-Forman Advocacy Team by registering here.
When: 26 March 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: Find out more here.


UK - Career Talk: Opening and running a bar

What: Join William Borrell of Ladies & Gentlemen bars, Denise Medrano of Oak N4 and Liam Scandrett of WSET as they discuss what it takes to open and run your own bar. Designed to provide insight into the steps required to set up a bar, how to be successful and the challenges you could face. The event will be held at WSET School London and begins at 6:30pm until 8:30pm.
When: 26 March 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: Book your tickets here.


UK - London Coffee Festival

What: Held at the Old Truman Brewery for London's specialty coffee scene. Come along to cheer on the coffee masters, watch demonstrations by top baristas, join the mindful coffee tasting experience, witness live latte art, wonder around the coffee art project and step into a workshop or two - and more! And of course, coffee tastings to your heart's content.
When: 28-31 March 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: LondonCoffeeFestival.com



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