The recent Singapore Cocktail Festival and Young Master Invitational Beer Festival has concluded, so now what? When it comes to drinking seshes, there’s no such thing as an end. If you’re living in the Asia-Pacific region, heading to Munich for Oktoberfest might be too much of a hassle, so here’s a curated list of some of the most anticipated booziest festivals occurring near us, from beers to cocktails and everything in between.
Sake Festival Singapore 2019
Offering Southeast Asia’s most comprehensive array of sakes and Japanese spirits, you’ll get to experience Japan’s drinking culture without even stepping foot into the country! We all know the Japanese people take great pride in their work, and considering that sake is pretty much their national beverage, there’ll be plenty of the stuff to try and even more stories to discover. From unique independent producers to established breweries, try the diverse styles and expressions of the rice wine in one big location. Make sure to be quick, as the first 1,000 guests will be gifted a personalised cup to complement their sake.
Sake Festival Singapore 2019 takes place on 22 June 2019 1pm – 6pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 406, Level 4. Tickets are priced at S$40, available here.
Negroni Week, Singapore/Australia
Drinking as you contribute to a good cause – what’s not to love? This sounds too good to be true particularly for hardcore tipplers like us, but with Negroni Week back in Singapore and Australia, there’s finally a legitimate reason to go through round after round of the bittersweet classic Italian cocktail. Participating venues around Singapore include some of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, such as Jigger & Pony and Tippling Club. Supporting charities close to your heart, from LGBT advocacy to mental health, this is your chance to make the world a better place as you drink.
Negroni Week takes place 24 June – 30 June 2019 at various bars in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.
Beerfest Asia, Singapore
If you manage to spot a massive air-conditioned tent along Singapore’s Marina Promenade later this June, that’s the site for the annual Beerfest Asia, returning for its 11th edition this year. It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t the best for your expanding waistline, but now you can shed away the guilt by participating in the first-ever Beerfest Run before drinking the night away. Along with delicious grub accompanied by equally great live music, festival-goers will be in for a treat with craft beers coming in from all over the region and beyond. Think the AJB King Kong Knee Drop, Agano Saison, Baeren Iwate Yuzu Wit, Brick By Brick Naked Seal, and Brewlander Pride.
Beerfest Asia takes place 27 June 6pm – 1am, 28 June 5pm – 2am, 29 June 4pm – 2am and 30 June 2pm – 11pm, at Marina Promenade.Tickets are priced at S$20, available here.
Gin and rum are like two brothers with a love-hate relationship. They don’t always get along well, and are sometimes picked over the other for sweetness or versatility, but together they are quite the force to be reckoned with. So yes, they deserve more love. By bringing these two spirits from opposite end of the spectrum, GinRum.Me is the first of its kind in Malaysia, and the only time to taste gin and rum from all around the world (some of which has never been seen in the country) in one place, together with cocktails by the best bartenders in town.
GinRum.Me takes place 6 July 2019 at Jaya One, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tickets are priced at RM100, available here.
Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo, Japan
Japan’s booze scene is only going to get more vibrant with the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo, held in one of the world’s most dazzling cities. Showcasing 320 brews from 40 breweries across Asia, Europe and North America, the festival prides itself in providing guests an opportunity to interact with head brewers directly – ensuring no compromises on quality. However, this isn’t the first time Mikkeller Beer is injecting its Danish flair in the country, since their outlet in Shibuya has been setting a stage for bar-goers to get a sip of their artisanal brews since 2017.
Embark upon an epicurean tour at Grand Hyatt Singapore as you savour more than 250 wine labels from regions across Australia and New Zealand, Europe, and North and South America. Kicking off the festivities with the Winemakers’ Table Dinner (S$188), guests will be able to mingle with the winemakers themselves while being presented with a specially-curated three-course meal. Even more fun comes during the weekends, when you can complement your wines with an exclusive pairing menu designed by the hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Gregor Streun.
Wine Fiesta Singapore takes place 4 October 6.30pm onwards, 5 October 12pm – 9pm and 6 October 12pm – 7pmat Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore. Tickets are priced from S$68*, available here.
Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, Hong Kong
Most tourists head to Hong Kong for one thing and one thing only: food. And with the annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival commemorating its 11th edition this year, we’re expect an influx of foodies around the world arriving at the picturesque Victoria Harbour. Aside from a plethora of food options available, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with red, white, and sparkling wines from around the globe, including dedicated areas for the French, European, Latin America, and Japanese variety – whatever rocks your boat. If wines aren’t up your alley, then craft beers, whiskies, and cocktails are also available, making this festival a truly boozy affair.
If you’ve visited the award-winning bar La Maison Du Whisky in Robertson Quay, you’ll know about Whisky Live Singapore bringing all the whisky lovers across Southeast Asia together in one great weekend. For its ninth edition, guests can not only meet up-and-coming stars in the whisky industry, but also taste over 70 whisky and various spirits brands from some of the most globally-renowned and established distilleries. Stay tuned to the official website for the full list of participating brands and exhibitors.
Pinot Palooza, Singapore/Australia/New Zealand/Japan/Hong Kong
Here’s a fun fact: did you know that ‘Palooza’ means a wild party? As such, get yourself ready to paint the town red at this one-stop shop for all Pinot connoisseurs. Besides shining a spotlight on over 100 labels of this particular grape variety from the finest wineries in France and Italy, guests can also expect to pair their wines with classic grubs like artisanal cheeses and cured meats. Just make sure to not get too drunk or you’ll risk breaking the crystal Plumm RedB glass that’s given to guests to take home.
Pinot Palooza takes place 23 November 2019 11am – 3pm and 4pm – 8pm at 72-13 TheatreWorks. Tickets are priced at S$65 (+ booking fees), available here. See the official website here for more information on other cities.
The Bar Awards, Hong Kong & Macau/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur & Penang
Did you think we wouldn’t mention ourselves? This year’s The Bar Awards season commenced in Bangkok two months ago with a plethora of guest shifts and special menus, and we’re well on our way towards discovering the crème de la crème of the nightlife scene in Hong Kong and Macau, our homeland Singapore, as well as neighbours Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The public nominations platform for Hong Kong (remember when The Old Man won Best New Bar last year?) and Macau is now open, so go vote for your favourites here!
The Bar Awards takes place 24 July – 28 July in Hong Kong & Macau, 3 – 6 October in Singapore and 4 December – 8 December in Kuala Lumpur & Penang.
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