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
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.
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.