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Thousands head to Bar Convent Brooklyn

More than 4,500 visitors flocked to Bar Convent Brooklyn (BCB) this month as the show celebrated its fifth edition.

Bar Convent Brooklyn
Trade professionals flocked to Bar Convent Brooklyn 2023

BCB took place at Industry City in Brooklyn, New York, from 13-14 June.

Over the two-day event, 198 exhibitors from 51 countries and 46 US states were available to discover.

Furthermore, BCB hosted 55 education sessions featuring 121 speakers.

More than 475,000 drinks and spirits samples were poured throughout the show.

Jackie Williams, event director for BCB, said: “Bar Convent Brooklyn continues to raise the bar with each passing year.

“The event offers an essential platform for professionals to come together, share knowledge and shape the future of our industry.

“We were excited to welcome back everyone to Industry City, as it once again provided the perfect location to host this dynamic group of exhibitors, attendees and speakers.”

Education seminars included a presentation by Juan José Méndez-León, a sixth-generation agave farmer and mezcal distiller, called: Sustainability and innovation in mezcal production while honouring ancestral knowledge. During the talk, Méndez-León warned how the increased popularity in mezcal, combined with no innovation on the supply side, would equate to “irresponsible progress”.

This year’s education committee, which changes each year, was collaboratively led by Bar Convent Brooklyn’s head of education, Lynnette Marrero; co-founder of Speed Rack, MasterClass host, and award-winning bartender, liquid creative director Aplós; and partner and chief mixologist, Delola, plus additional industry professionals.

Workplace wellbeing and safety were additional areas of interest for the education seminar. Amie Ward hosted a discussion, called ‘Creating safe hospitality spaces’, which looked at how companies can lower sexual assault statistics.

The dates for the 2024 iteration of BCB have already been announced: 11-12 June 2024. The show’s organisers have promised to introduce ‘fresh concepts, immersive experiences and unparalleled opportunities’ for the trade next year.

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