The must-attend on-trade drinks show is back

What do you need to know?

Dates: Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 July

Time: 10am-5pm on both days

Where: Olympia Grand Hall, London, W14 8UX

How to visit: Register at Imbibe.com/live

Read on for a small taster of what’s on offer – and check out the full programme at Imbibe.com/live

CENTRE STAGE

Highlights on the main stage for 2017 include the hotly contested final of Bartenders v Sommeliers; the ultimate UK bar showdown, Shakes & The City; and the final of Imbibe’s new competition Tapster of the Year.

Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five is flying in from Tokyo for a session on Japanese bartending: Big in Japan, ​while world champion bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana will explore wild flavours in his session Taming Lyans. ​Jake Burger and Craig Harper will also examine A History of Drinks ​in six cocktails.

THE WINEMAKERS’ CELLAR

Sommeliers can enjoy tasting sessions of Pinot with Radio-Coteau, hosted by winemaker Eric Sussman, and a Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Masterclass with Jeffrey Chilcott. Champagne is under the spotlight in a Pol Roger Vertical Tasting and a session on the ageing potential of non-vintage Champagne, Ageing Gracefully​ with Champagne Gosset.

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WINE SESSIONS

Improve your Blind Tasting Skills ​with Samantha Caporn MW or explore the volcanic wines of Italy’s south in Tasting Etna ​with Planeta’s winemaker Patricia Toth. You can also join Derek Mossman Knapp of the Garage Wine Company for a taste of Chile Rewind: 200 years BC. ​Professor Alex Maltman and Laura Ryhs MS will discuss the concept of minerality in wine ​while Hans Anstrom of South Africa’s Klein Constantia​ will lead a vertical tasting of the winery’s Vin de Constance.

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