Hands up who’s going to Bar Convent Berlin this year? If not, you should be. Simply put, it’s the mother of all drinks trade shows, bringing together a whopping 1,200 brands and an estimated 14,000 visitors over three action-packed days.

We’ll be hugging it out with the best of them while we check out the trends, preview new product launches and hear talks from the most respected names in the biz. On our radar over the next few days? Oh so much, Lord knows how we’re going to cram everything in. On the presentation side, this year themed under Legends, Visionaries and Experts, we’ll be learning how Stephanie Simbo has worked with female prisoners in Cape Town and successfully integrated them into bar operations; how Vijay Mudaliar champions indigenous ingredients in all areas of his aptly named bar, Native in Singapore and hearing from Alex Ruas on the future of bar design, plus plenty more from the likes of Camper English, Jeffrey Morganthaler, Steve Schneider and Salvatore Calabrese.

As for spirits, the big one this year is rum. We’ll be heading to the House of Rum where Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell will be spreading the gospel according to his favourite liquid. The setting couldn’t be more perfect: two floors of sunshine spirits, complete with beach, Caribbean food and suitably fab sound tracks.

Full round up to follow.

For more information see: barconvent.com

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