May 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 - Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

What: On its 20th anniversary, the festival invites enthusiasts and whisky novices and takes place in Speyside across a number of venues, including distilleries, local bars and castles. It offers a programme of over 500 whisky inspired events. Check out the website for more information.
When: 1-6 May 2019
Where: Speyside, Scotland
More info: Find out more here.


Asia - ProWine Asia

Trade-only
What: After being launched in Singapore in 2016, this biennial show returns to Hong Kong. The event is based on its Düsseldorf edition - masterclasses and seminars will be hosted by leading industry experts throughout the four-day trade show.
When: 7-10 May 2019
Where: Hong Kong
More info: Find out more here.


UK - Exclusive Masterclass with Salvatore Calabrese

What: Brown's Hotel is offering an exclusive masterclass with one of the world's most high-profiling bartenders, Salvatore Calabrese. Discover the secrets behind the perfect Negroni and master the balance of its signature ingredients. Created in the 20th century by Count Camilo Negroni, the cocktail has a long-standing history. Now a worldwide classic, Calabrese will show guests how to create an excellent Negroni by delving into the history of the cocktail then demonstrating how to create it using precise techniques he is renowned for. As a world-acclaimed bartender, Calabrese will also offer insight into his technique, mixology myths and secrets of the trade. This excellent event will provide guests with a much wider-understanding of the classic and how to create a well-balanced Negroni for themselves. Only a limited number of places are available so hurry and secure your place. Please email Aria Gianquitto for ticket booking and more information.
When: 6.30pm-8pm, 8 May 2019
Where: Niagara Room, Brown's Hotel, London, UK
More info: Negroni Cocktail


UK - London Wine Week

What: This seven day summer festival brings wine enthusiasts together for a week long celebration with events every day. You'll find pop-up wine bars, parties and dinners, plus tutored tastings. Your pass (free of charge) gets you into The Hub and £6 cocktails at some of the best bars in the city.
When: 13-19 May 2019
Where: London, England
More info: Get your free digital pass here.


UK - The London Whisky Weekender

What: London Whisky Weekender 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: 10-12 May 2019
Where: Vauxhall, London, UK
More info: TheWhiskyLounge.com


France - Vinexpo Bordeaux

What: In its 20th edition, the show is expected to welcome 40,000 visitors from 150 countries. Visitors can use the Vinexpo Citypass for free access to Bordeaux’s tram and bus network, as well as free entrance to the Cité du Vin and other museums.
When: 13-16 May 2019
Where: Bordeaux, France
More info: Vinexpo.com


UK - London Wine Fair

Trade-only
What: In its 39th edition, the biggest wine and spirits exhibition in the UK welcomes a range of exhibitors this year. Featuring over 14,000 wines from 32 countries, tastings and masterclasses The Innovation Zone will return with new exhibitors and content. This is a brilliant event for those in the wine trade.
When: 20-22 May 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: LondonWineFair.com


UK - City of Ale 2019

What: In its 9th year, this city-wide 10-day festival encourages you to get adventurous while exploring local pubs and locally brewed beers. 40 pubs, 30 breweries and hundreds of beers brewed locally are participating in the festival and a number of beer events will be taking place across the city. The festival kicks-off with a launch party on 23 May at 5.30pm. You can book your tickets here here.
When: 23 May - 2 June 2019
Where: Norwich, UK


UK - The Aperol Spritz Big Birthday Social

What: Aperol turns 100! To celebrate, the Italian aperitif brings the party to London. Join the celebrations at Shoreditch Electric Light Station where Aperol pull out all the stops! Guests will find a 1919 Lido to dip their toes into, an Aperol carousel bar, a giant Aperol Spritz glass-shaped ball pit plus an orange-themed waterfall. We'll cheers to that. Tickets cost £10 and include two Aperol Spritz cocktails and some Italian aperitivo.
When: 23 May - 1 June 2019
Where: London, UK
More info: Facebook.com/AperolSpritzUK


France - Cocktails Spirits Paris

Trade-only
What: This trade-show invites bartenders to its 12th edition at the beautiful location of Le Palais de Tokyo, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Registration opens soon.
When: 26-27 May 2019
Where: Paris, France
More info: Find out more on their Facebook event.



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