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BCB to host first Singapore show

The organiser of Bar Convent Berlin (BCB) has revealed plans to host its inaugural Asia Pacific show in Singapore later this year.

Bar Convent Berlin
The flagship Bar Convent Berlin show is held annually in October

Plans for the first Bar Convent Singapore show were first unveiled in October 2021.

Bar Convent Singapore will be held from 6-7 November 2023 at Pasir Pajang Power Station.

The on-trade event will include more than 150 spirits brands, mixers, technology, and equipment from around the world. It is expected to welcome more than 3,000 visitors from the bar world and drinks sector.

Companies already confirmed to participate in the event include Campari Group, Brown-Forman, Rémy Cointreau, Fever-Tree, and Proof & Company.

Bar owner Monica Berg, who is also creative director of Campari Academy, will be part of the show’s educational programme.

The Singapore show marks the first BCB event in Asia. BCB will host its São Paulo fair in Brazil from 5-6 June, followed by the New York show in Brooklyn (14-15 June).

“With BCB Singapore, the international BCB family is growing by another valuable member,” said Petra Lassahn, director of BCB.

“What began in 2007 with Bar Convent Berlin has become the largest bar show worldwide, and now we are expanding our reach to Monica Berg – co-owner of the number two ‘World’s 50 Best Bar’ Tayēr + Elementary, and number one most influential person in the drinks industry for the past three years (Drinks International) – to embrace an up-and-coming bar destination that houses globally renowned bars and exciting personalities from the international bar industry.”

The show will also include a content programme featuring leading bar experts such as Alex Francis, director of bars at Little Red Door in Paris, France; Beckaly Franks, founder of The Pontiac and Hungry Ghost venues in Hong Kong; Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, founder of Bangkok bars Manahiyom and Find The Locker Room; and Vijay Mudaliar, co-founder of the Native and Analogue bars in Singapore.

The organisers noted that Singapore is a ‘commercial strategic hub’ for Asia, with imports of US$1.8 billion and exports of US$2.2bn worth of spirits in 2021, placing it in the top four countries for both import and export worldwide (International Trade Centre data).

BCB Singapore has also partnered with the International Beverage Competitions Group (IBC), which will host its spirits, beer and wine blind tastings in September 2023. Winners will be announced during a live ceremony at BCB Singapore.

Henry Stonham, senior project manager of BCB Singapore, added: “We are thrilled to finally bring the BCB brand to Asia and provide the region with its own dedicated industry platform, in a city which is consistently achieving global recognition for its cocktail bar scene.

“We can’t wait to bring the region’s leading stakeholders and talent together and shine a spotlight on the endless passion and potential of this incredible community.”

Further details for Bar Covent Singapore will be released in the coming months.

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