Bar Convent began as a small industry meeting in Berlin in 2007 and quickly became the leading international bar and beverage trade show. The event eventually expanded globally, arriving in Brooklyn in 2018. Each year Bar Convent Brooklyn expands with increased exhibitors and attendees. This year’s event is on track to be the largest Bar Convent Brooklyn yet.
In 2022, the event moved to a new space in Brooklyn’s Industry City to accommodate the growth. “Last year we reached pre-pandemic numbers with 163 participating exhibitors, nearly 4,000 attendees from 55 different countries across the globe, 50 new products debuted, and more than 350,000 samples poured,” shares Bar Convent Brooklyn Event Director Jackie Williams.
“The continued success of Bar Convent Brooklyn has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to an amazing show this year. We have compelling programming and education sessions that will delight and inspire attendees.”
What to Expect at BCB 2023
On track to be the largest Bar Convent Brooklyn yet, this year’s event will feature the event’s most extensive array of international spirits hailing from Italy, Peru, Korea, Japan, and France, among others. The increased space available at Brooklyn’s Industry City allows for more exhibitors, demonstrations, and seminars.
As always, Bar Convent Brooklyn’s education component is essential to the event. For 2023, Bar Convent Brooklyn is introducing 14 additional seminars for more than 50 educational sessions. Once again, this year’s education committee is spearheaded by Lynnette Marrero. Committee members represent a diverse and unique group of voices, including Samantha Casuga, Head Bartender at Temple Bar; John DeBary, author of Saved by the Bellini; Touré Folkes, Founder and Program Director of Turning Tables; Chelsea Gregoir, Founder and Hospitality Director of Church Bar and Owner/Consultant of Drinkable Genius; Caer Maiko, Co-Creator of Daijoubu Pop-up and General Manager at DrinkWell; and Sarah Troxell, Bar Director at Daiquiri Time Out.
“The committee’s expertise and perspective are vital as we work towards providing meaningful and practical education for attendees,” says Jackie.
“We’re honored to welcome these distinguished individuals and are excited to reveal the new programming they carefully curated in the weeks prior to the 2023 show.”
In addition to educational and exhibitor experiences, Bar Convent Brooklyn will host the CHILLED 100 Spirits Awards and reception again this year.
About the Venue
The relocation to Brooklyn’s Industry City brought overwhelmingly positive responses from exhibitors and attendees. “People loved the flow and set up of the show, not to mention the expanded space. They also loved the creative vibe of Industry City and how much there is to explore before and after the event, from food offerings to the artisan shops to the local distilleries and bars on-site,” explains Jackie. “It’s truly a vibrant and innovative hub that provides the perfect space for the spirits industry to engage, learn and network with one another.”
What You Should Know
For both bartenders and exhibitors, Bar Convent Brooklyn provides unique opportunities for learning and networking. Bartenders receive invaluable inspiration to take back to their bars and elevate their craft. For exhibitors, participating in Bar Convent Brooklyn offers an unparalleled place to showcase products and connect with industry professionals from various verticals, from bartenders to hospitality to food and beverage directors.
Visit Bar Convent Brooklyn’s website for more information: www.barconventbrooklyn.com