February 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!


Belgium - Bruges Beer Festival

What: Taste over 300 beers from more than 70 breweries whilst joining around 15,000 people at the festival celebrating beer!
When: 2-3 February 2019
Where: Bruges, Belgium
More info: BrugsBierFestival.be


Italy - Riva Pianeta Mixology by Expo Riva Hotel

What: In its 43rd edition, the Expo Riva Hotel will be hold this year's fair at the Riva del Garda Exhibition Centre. They will be hosting Riva Pianeta Mixology, which returns in its 4th year, an exhibition showcasing leading industry experts and stalls presenting the latest products.
When: 3-6 February 2019
Where: Lake Garda, Northern Italy
More info: Find out more about Riva Pianeta Mixology.


UK - Winchester Cocktail Week

What: Have a taste of the Winchester cocktail scene with the exciting programme of events planned for 2019's week long celebration.
When: 4-10 February 2019
Where: Winchester, UK
More info: Buy your tickets here.


UK - PUB19

Trade-only

What: This is the UK's only dedicated trade show for the pub industry with over 200 exhibitors and 5000 pub owners attending. Plus, visitors have the opportunity to network and sit in on over 20 seminars.
When: 5-6 February 2019
Where: Olympia London
More info: Register here


France - Pink Rosé Festival

Trade-only
What: In its third year, this trade show is dedicated entirely to Rosé. The three main events of the festival includes a tasting zone, a masterclass theatre and The Pink Rosé Festival awards 2018.
When: 7-8 February 2019
Where: Cannes, France
More info: PinkRoseFestival.com


UK - Gonzalez Byass UK portfolio tasting

Trade-only
What: From 10am to 5pm, pop by for tastings of extensive Spanish wine and sherry offerings to premium brands from across the globe. Also join talented winemakers as they host exclusive masterclasses.
When: 11 February 2019
Where: Southbank, London, UK
More info: GonzalezByassUk.com


France - Wine Paris

Trade-only
What: For the first time, two leading wine trade shows come together in Paris this year under one banner, Wine Paris, with upwards of 25,000 visitors expected and 2,000 exhibitors. It will offer tastings, masterclasses and exclusive events across the city for attendees.
When: 11-13 February 2019
Where: Paris, France
More info: WineParis.com


Italy - Beer Attraction

Trade-only
What: A four-day exhibition dedicated to specialty beers, craft beers and foodservice. It offers a programme of seminars, talk shows and meetings plus The Beer of the Year awarded on opening day.
When: 16-19 February 2019
Where: Rimini, Italy
More info: BeerAttraction.it


UK - Great British Beer Festival Winter

What: The city of Norwich is hosting the beer festival in its third and final year. Visitors will find gold, light ales as well as dark, foreign beers and ciders.
When: 19-23 February 2019
Where: Norwich, UK
More info: Winter.gbbf.org.uk


UK - Craft Beer Rising Festival

What: In its 7th year, Craft Beer Rising will be hosted at Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London for three-days jam-packed with craft beers, street food and music. 178 stands and 155 breweries will gather for craft beer celebrations, also offering guests low alcohol options and alcohol free alternatives. The festival's speakers will take on topics such as ethics and equality, and emerging trends in brewing. The festival invites those in the drink industry and enthusiasts alike.
When: 21-23 February 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: CraftBeerRising.co.uk


UK - Copy Cat, Another Beer Festival

What: Kill the Cat and Two Tribes have joined forces and host a three-day festival in an underground, Shoreditch toilet block. There's going to great breweries attending, DJs and street food on offer, plus a whole host of delicious pours over the course of the festival. Entry is free, however, priority tickets can be purchased for £5 here.
When: 21st - 23rd February 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: CopyCatLondon.co.uk


UK - Whisky Exchange Whisky Show: Old & Rare

What: An event focusing on fine and rare single malts and spirits. Visitors have the opportunity to try unique drams. Tickets include entry to the show, access to hundreds of whiskies, buffet lunch and tasting glass.
When: 23rd - 24th February 2019
Where: Glasgow, UK
More info: WhiskyShow.com


UK - Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 with The British Sake Association

What: Join Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations with The British Sake Association at Plum Valley. There will be a special Chinese dinner organised by BSA member Mei Teck Wong, and paired with sake serves on the night.
When: 25 February 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: BritishSakeAssociation.org

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