Top August Drinks Events, Part 2

Well, we’re already nearly half way through the month but never fear: there’s plenty of other fun drinks-related shenanigans for you to get up to in August.

If you missed our Part One, it’s here (there are still plenty of ideas that it’s not too late to explore), but here are some of our best events for the latter half of the month, from cider festivals to worldwide whisky tastings to Champagne cocktail masterclasses…

Beer Festivals

To start with, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) are running various beer festivals countrywide. They’re all kinds of fun – plenty of ales and ciders to try, a jolly atmosphere, maybe even some sunshine if you’re lucky – and there’s bound to be one near you. Here are the list of late-August locations with links to view their info:

16th-18th August: Newton Abbot/South Devon
16th-18th August: Worcester
21st-25th August: Peterborough
22nd-25th August: Clacton-on-Sea
23rd-25th August: Morecambe
23rd-25th August: Swansea Bay
30th August – 1st Sept: Durham

Other Festivals

17th – 19th August: Foodies Festival visits London

Another gorgeous Foodies event with tons of exhibitors, but also masterclasses in the likes of Champagne, gin, and beer & food matching. Tickets start at £15 for the one-day, and £25 for a three-day pass.

18th-19th August: Tastefest, Kent

Gorgeous exhibitors, from fruit drinks to ciders to speciality teas. Tickets are £7 per adult.

25th August: The Big Onion Festival, Elveden

From lager to freshly-pressed lemonade to hot chocolate. Plus wonderful live music. Tickets a fiver in advance per adult, seven quid on the day.

25th-27th August: Foodies Festival visits Oxford

The same thing as London (above) but a variation on some of the masterclasses. Tickets are slightly cheaper at £18 for three days, or £10 per day.

26th August: Eden Foodival, Cumbria

Pop-up restaurants, local beers and a farmer’s market full of lovely produce. Oh, and wines and cocktails galore. Tickets are £8 per adult in advance, a tenner on the day.

26th-27th August: Wirral Food and Drink Festival

A beer tent! Hooray! Plus plenty of wine and hundreds of exhibitors from liqueurs to coffee. Tickets are only £4 per adult, which isn’t half bad.

Masterclasses/Tastings

25th August: Champagne Cocktails Masterclass, Colebrooke Row, London N1

The experts teach you how to mix the finest Champagne cocktails, giving you the chance to try yourself and the recipes to take home with you. Tickets are £40 and we can’t keep our eyes off this one.

28th August: Members Wine Club, Southbank Centre

Eight wines from South Africa are introduced by the experts, and you learn food matches. £25 per ticket.

28th August: Worldwide Whisky Review, Sheffield

Taste six whiskies from all over the world – from Japan to India, Ireland to Taiwan. Tickets are twenty smackers.

Images taken from The Digital Myrtle (top image), Sasha Fat Cat, (beer) and Marc Smith’s (champagne) photostreams.

Have we missed any? Tell us about the events near you in the comments or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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About Laura

Freelance writer waxing lyrical most often about wine, food, travel, feminism, Literature, and the telly box. Daydream-believer and all-round lover of the good old days.

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