BCB plans Singapore show

BCB plans Singapore show

On-trade present Bar Convent Berlin (BCB) has revealed the dates for its 2022 truthful and is planning to launch its first occasion in Asia.

BCB 2021 at Messe Berlin
This 12 months’s BCB was held at Berlin Expo Metropolis Centre (Messe Berlin) for the primary time

The flagship BCB occasion was held from 11 to 13 October 2021 at Berlin Expo Heart Metropolis for the first time. It was the primary bodily present since 2019 after final 12 months’s truthful was moved online because of the pandemic.

The subsequent German occasion will happen on 10 to 12 October 2022.

The 2021 present welcomed round 8,000 guests from 58 international locations and 210 exhibitors from 22 international locations.

Because of completely different entry restrictions the world over, guests got here principally from European international locations similar to Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Belgium.

Round 1,000 manufacturers of spirits have been showcased on the truthful, led by gin, liqueurs, bitters, apéritifs, rum, vodka and vermouth.

BCB director Petra Lassahn stated: “Our thanks exit to everybody concerned within the occasion. We fought lengthy and laborious for BCB 2021, and we’re completely delighted that it has been a hit.

“Our purpose was to strengthen the trade after a really tough interval and get enterprise shifting once more, which we achieved to nice impact in lots of locations.”

The truthful highlighted traits similar to low-and-no with quite a few manufacturers represented, alongside food-and-drink pairings and sustainability in bars.

The programme of seminars is offered to look at on-line.

The three-day truthful additionally adopted the idea of ‘Metropolis Life Spirits’ with occasions going down throughout the German capital at main bars. Bartenders from throughout Europe hosted bar takeovers at venues similar to Inexperienced Door Bar and Provocateur.

The truthful additionally had a devoted part for Japanese producers, who showcased sake, shōchū, whisky, gin and liqueurs.

Talking to The Spirits Enterprise on the final day of the present, Lassahn confirmed that the ‘Metropolis Life Spirits’ idea will return for the 2022 occasion.

“The idea was actually good, I feel we’ll proceed and enlarge it, and convey on extra companions,” explains Lassahn.

Moreover, the present is anticipated to change into greater subsequent 12 months with extra halls. This 12 months’s truthful lined two halls, 18 and 20, and the Palais at Berlin Expo Heart Metropolis.

In 2019, the truthful was held at a smaller venue – Station Berlin and the adjoining Kühlhaus. “What’s optimistic right here is that there’s extra space [at Berlin Expo Center City], it makes logistics simpler,” provides Lassahn.

Lassahn hopes that BCB will return in 2022 with none restrictions. To attend the 2021 occasion, guests needed to be absolutely vaccinated and put on a face masking, and the venue was restricted to three,000 guests per day attributable to Covid-19 restrictions.

Future exhibits

BCB was compelled to postpone its São Paulo occasion in Brazil from spring 2021 to subsequent 12 months, with dates but to be confirmed. In the meantime, the subsequent Bar Convent Brooklyn present, held in New York Metropolis, is because of happen from 14 to fifteen June 2022.

Lassahn additionally revealed plans to convey BCB to Singapore, which might mark the truthful’s inaugural Asia present. “We are going to launch BCB in Singapore – we’re speaking to exhibitors proper now. Possibly subsequent 12 months.”

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