Events Calendar for Discerning Drinkers

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April events

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, UK events have been postponed. Please be sure to check websites for the latest information.

UK - The London Coffee Festival

What: Join baristas, roasters, buyers and coffee shop owners, and delve into all things coffee. Latte art live will return alongside the Coffee Masters which sees 16 baristas compete in a knockout-style competition to win £5,000. Visitors can explore home barista workshops, the tasting room, fame brew bar, the coffee art project, and more. In a sustainability scheme, the festival has teamed up with sustainable KeepCup who champion reusable cups as well as Decent Packaging, the official packaging and sustainability partner that create cups from plants.
When: 2-3 April 2020
Where: The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK
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UK - The Wine & Spirits Show

What: The show returns again after a sell-out event in 2019 which gathered 1,500 guests and 350 professionals. This year, they introduce a New Products Zone showcasing the latest products on the market, including non-alcoholic brands and innovations in design. The G&T bar returns where bartenders will demonstrate how to mix the perfect drink, while The Global Masters Zones will present award-winning wines and spirits for guests to sample.
When: 3-4 April 2020
Where: Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, UK
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UK - Manchester Rum Festival

What: The festival will be hosted at Viadux, Albion Street, showcasing over 50 rums from around the world. Meet producers and distillers behind the brands, including a female rum distiller and champion of zero-waste all the way from the USA. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Signature Mixers, the event will also bring together local, established and new brands, plus the world's first dry spiced Cuban rum. Visitors can take part in educational workshops and delve into sessions lead by leading figures in the rum industry including Karen Hoskin, owner of Montana Distillers and Peter Thornton from Black Tears. Manchester's very own The Liars Club will be taking over the festival and offering Tiki cocktails.
When: 12pm-7pm, 4 April 2020
Where: Manchester, UK
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USA - 2020 ADI Craft Spirits Conference & Expo

What: One of the largest gatherings of craft distillers in the USA, this year's conference will feature an array of panel discussions, sessions, workshops, distillery tours and presentations from leading industry experts, followed by a gala awards dinner. Sessions available includes an Advanced Gin Workshop, a Rum Summit, and two-day Blending & Maturation Workshop and more - but spaces are filling up fast, so be sure to register soon.
When: 6-8 April 2020
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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Ireland - Dublin Drinks Mixer

What: One of Ireland's largest drinks shows, Dublin Drinks Mixer showcases over 60 exhibitors during a two-day event. Drinks enthusiasts and those from the trade are all welcomed. Besides samples of a range of spirits from around the world including craft brands, guests will have the opportunity to experience food pairings and masterclasses. Tickets can be purchased on the Dublin Drinks Mixer website.
When: 17-18 April 2020
Where: Dublin Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin
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Italy - Vinitaly

Trade only
What: The largest international wine and spirits trade-only show in Italy. 2019 saw over 4,000 exhibitors and more than 400 events over the four-day show. This year marks the 54th edition, and the exhibition offers more networking opportunities, tasting sessions and a full programme of events.
When: 19-22 April 2020
Where: Verona, Italy
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France - Rhum Fest Paris

What: A leading rum show returns for its 7th 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.
When: TBC, 2020
Where: Paris, France
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Scotland - Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

What: The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival brings together drink producers of the region. More details coming soon.
When: 29 April - 4 May 2020
Where: Scotland
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