Top UK festivals for beer, wine and spirits

Britain is renowned for its craft beers, fine spirits and delightful mixology, while the growth of its wine industry continues to gather pace. If you're keen to sample the best of Britain’s alcohol, there are an abundance of incredible festivals for beer, wine and spirits to enjoy throughout 2019, all of which provide ample opportunity to discover innovative concoctions and perhaps even a new tipple of choice…

1. Great British Gin Festival

The Great British Gin Festival is continuing its tour of Britain in 2019, bringing 100 different gins from around the world to a range of locations. With cocktail demos and presentations from industry producers, there’ll be a generous helping of flavoured gins to test the taste buds, all with a background of live music.

When? 23 March (Ipswich), 29 March (Northamptonshire), 12 April (Bristol), 20 April (Hastings), 20 April (Edinburgh), 4 May (Belfast), 17 May (Birmingham), 25 May (Isle of Wight), 1 June (Cardiff), 7 June (Maidstone), 22 June (Newcastle), 29 June (London), 13 July (Nottingham), 27 July (Jersey)

2. The Wine and Spirits Show

Following an extremely popular show in autumn 2018, in April this year The Wine and Spirits Show returns to One Whitehall Place, part of the iconic The Royal Horseguards hotel in Westminster. Sample masterclasses from major wine and spirit brands, meet up with boutique wine producers and discover more about the fantastic history of Champagne. Head to the Global Masters Zone to find out more about prestigious entries into Global Masters competitions, sample a range of brews from every continent as part of the Global Beer Tour Zone, or visit the Spirits Hall – home to award-winning vodka, whisky, tequila, bourbon and more.

When? 12-13 April

3. London Whisky Weekender

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Try an array of the finest home-grown Scottish whiskies, alongside brands from all corners of the globe at the London Whisky Weekender. With set sessions at the Kia Oval to ensure things don’t get too crowded, try the finest whiskies that India, Japan, the USA and Taiwan (among many others) have to offer, or purchase ‘under the counter dram tokens’ to sample rarer, more exclusive tipples.

When? 10-12 May

4. Prosecco Springs

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The UK’s largest festival dedicated to sparkling wine returns to London’s Oval Space in May. With more producers on the bill than in previous years, get your ticket for Prosecco Springs and prepare to sample authentic Italian street food, live music and an abundance of Prosecco in the heart of East London.

When? 17-19 May

5. Fyne Fest

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The annual celebration of beer, food and music at the Fyne Ales brewery estate in Cairndow, Argyll marks its 10th year in 2019. Having won Beer event of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Beer Awards, the family-friendly festival welcomes people of any age and has plenty of space for you to pitch tents or park up in motorhome and caravans. Fyne Fest will have more than 200 beers from over 50 of Europe’s breweries available to try, as well as a wealth of cider, cocktails, wines and spirits. 3 stages host live music while 11 local and award-winning producers provide the food.

When? 31 May - 3 June

6. Festival of Wine

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Having originated in Glasgow in 2002, wine expert Tom Cannavan’s popular festival has expanded to take in 3 cities across Britain. The Festival of Wine features tastings and masterclasses in city centre locations from top winemakers, retailers and importers, allowing you to discover great wines and to learn the stories behind them.

When? 29 June (Glasgow), 19 October (London), 9 November (Edinburgh)

7. Great British Beer Festival

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Developed by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Great British Beer Festival showcases more than 900 real ales and craft beers from around the world, of which more than half come from British brewers. Having operated for more than 40 years, the festival is run by hundreds of volunteers and also serves an array of ciders, fine wines, perries and gin from more than 30 bars. Tutored tasting sessions reveal more about the brews on offer, with each brewery also competing for the prestigious title of 2019 Champion Beer of Britain.

When? 6-10 August

8. Indy Man Beer Con

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hosted in the glorious surroundings of Victoria Baths in Manchester, Independent Manchester Beer Convention will return for its 8th year in October. Welcoming breweries from across Britain, and a sprinkling of those from elsewhere in the world, the event features an eclectic mix of tasting sessions and a food village packed with delicacies from around the region.

When? 3-6 October

9. RumFest

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Showcasing more than 400 rums from across the world, in 2019 RumFest returns to the ILEC conference centre in Earls Court, London, for its 13th year. Expect intimate seminars from some of the industry’s leading lights, an array of delicious food tastings, live music and holiday giveaways as part of a carnival-like experience.

When? 19-20 October

10. Craft Beer Calling

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bringing together an abundance of craft breweries under one roof, Newcastle’s Wylam Brewery will host the 6th edition of Craft Beer Calling in late October. As well as a Gin Palace and an artisan cider cellar, you can talk with the brewery staff to find out more about their favourite tipples before indulging at the on-site street food market.

When? 24-26 October

11. The Wine Festival

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Featuring hundreds of wines from English wine producers and some from further afield, Winchester Guildhall hosts The Wine Festival, a selection of tasters, masterclasses, street food and merchandise. Masters of Wine and TV presenters, Susie Barry and Peter Richards, host the event, imparting their expert knowledge while giving you the chance to discover exciting new wines.

When? 29-30 November

09 Apr 2019(last updated)