International bar & beverage trade show group BCB is set to launch its first foray into the Asian market today with the first day of Bar Convent Singapore (BCB Singapore).
The two-day event will feature an exhibition of over 150 global brands, an extensive lineup of education sessions led by over 40 renowned international bartenders and industry experts, networking opportunities and a wide array of tasting masterclasses.
While there will be both onsite and offsite guest shifts, the highlight of the show will be the “Homegrown Heroes” events, where bar teams from various Asian countries, including ReCraft from the Philippines, Hybrid from Vietnam, Penrose from Malaysia, and Lost in Thaislation from Thailand, partnering in a series of exclusive guest shifts with their nation’s counterparts currently honing their craft in Singapore.
This collaboration with compatriot bartenders from Atlas Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Kafu Utu, Origin Bar and 67 Pall Mall will showcase a fusion of talents and experiences that exemplify the boundaryless potential the region’s bar scene offers.
“BCB Singapore is the first event of its kind dedicated to Asia’s bar and beverage industry, promising to deliver a curated schedule of educational sessions and networking opportunities, a rich array of leading and emerging craft brands, and a whole wealth of knowledge and expert insights, all within one single venue,” said Henry Stonham, Senior Project Manager of BCB Singapore.
Highlights on Monday, 6 November
- [11:00] – [19:00] – Exhibition Hall – Discover over 150 global spirits brands from 18 countries and regions, from the USA to Nicaragua, Italy, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, UK, Japan, India, Philippines, and Vietnam, within one exhibition hall.
- [12:00] – [12:45] / [15:30] – [18:00] – BCB Homegrown Heroes Bar – BCB Homegrown Heroes guest shifts featuring the pairing of Lost in Thaislation from Thailand with Pranisa Treechanasin of Origin Bar and Hybrid from Vietnam with Hieu Nguyen of 67 Pall Mall.
- [13:15] – [14:00] – Craft Workshop – Join industry legend Monica Berg, known for her work at Tayēr + Elementary in London and the Campari Academy, as she shares her expertise on opening your own bar.
- [14:30] – [15:15] – Craft Workshop – Learn how to build an international bartender career in a panel discussion hosted by WSET, joined by Brandon Grusd from Proof & Company, Sky Huo from Spirits Cave and Jason-Candid Knüsel from Healthy Hospo.
- [15:45] – [16:30] – Centre Stage – Haley Traub from Attaboy in New York and Dave Andrews from William Grant & Sons team up to discuss the art of creating exceptional cocktail experiences.
Highlights on Tuesday, 7 November
- [11:00] – [19:00] – Exhibition Hall – Explore global industry brands, including a Japan Pavilion with over 25 brands by 10 Japanese liquor producers and distributors, as well as an Emerging Brands Pavilion with up-and-coming brands worldwide.
- [12:00] – [12:45] / [15:30] – [18:00] – BCB Homegrown Heroes Bar – Homegrown Heroes continues with ReCraft from the Philippines, teaming up with Gabriel Carlos of Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Yoma Rivera of Kafe Utu. Penrose from Malaysia will also collaborate with Sylvia Chong of the iconic Atlas Bar.
- [13:15] – 1400 – Centre Stage – Delve into ‘Sustainability in the Bar’ through the unique lenses of three industry icons, Alex Francis of Little Red Door, Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn of Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar and #FindTheLockerRoom, and Vijay Mudaliar of Analogue and Native.
- [14:30] – [15:15] – Centre Stage – Insights into the booming business of bars in India by Priyanka Blah from The Dram Attic, Aditi Dugar from Masque and Urban Gourmet India and Yash Bhanage from Bombay Canteen and Hunger Inc.
- [15:45] – [16:30] – Centre Stage – Peter Chua from Night Hawk, which clinched the inaugural Best Bar Design award at World’s 50 Best Bars 2023, and Matthew Shang the visionary designer behind acclaimed establishments like ATLAS, Manhattan and Barood, will guide you through the process of designing a bar that is both visually arresting, and efficient to operate.
In addition to the onsite activities, BCB Singapore offers all attendees a dynamic range of experiences across the city, including a tour of the Brass Lion distillery and over ten official guest shifts and parties celebrating the start of countless future industry gatherings and possibilities.
For more information and the full program schedule, go to barconventsingapore.com