October 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 - The Restaurant Show


What: To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Restaurant Show will be catering once again this year for those in the hospitality industry presenting over 450 exhibitors. Along with leading talent from the industry, guests will have a chance to attend sessions, participate in competitions and check out the latest trends in kitchen equipment, technology and more.
When: 1st-3rd October 2018
Where: London, UK
More info: therestaurantshow.co.uk

UK - London Cocktail Week

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

UK - Vegtoberfest

What: A vegan Oktoberfest taking place in Camden Town. The Bavarian themed celebration is 100% vegan, presenting a selection of local crafted ales, wines, cocktails and street food.
When: 6th October 2018
Where: Camden, London, UK
More info: Vegtoberfest.co.uk

Germany - Bar Convent Berlin (BCB)


What: Extremely popular, this drinks industry only convention has tickets selling out well in advance. Stands displaying products from distillers big and small plus seminars on topics from coffee to molecular mixology.
When: 8th-10th October 2018
Where: Berlin, Germany
More info: Bar Convent Berlin

International - Sherry Week

What: This international week of sherry celebration is growing extremely popular with drink enthusiasts. Expect to see events all around, including tastings like the NY Grand Tasting held on the 9th October. Where will you be during #sherryweek?
When: 8th-14th October 2018
Where: Across the globe.
More info: Sherry Sour Recipe

Germany - Distill Ventures BrandStarter Day at 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

USA - New York Coffee Festival

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

UK - RumFest Trade & Conference Day


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

UK - Rumfest

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

UK - Independent Hotel Show


What: Products and services from over 300 companies from independent hotel supply chains and 20 free-to-attend seminars and workshops.
When: 16th-17th October 2018
Where: London, UK
More info: IndependentHotelShow.co.uk

UK - National Calvados Week

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

UK - The Liverpool Sessions


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
Where: Liverpool
More info: The Liverpool Sessions

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