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The Rise of BCB Singapore, a Groundbreaking Event for the Bar and Beverage Industry in Asia

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

Partnered with Bar Convent Singapore

The first-ever BCB Singapore
The first-ever BCB Singapore at the Pasir Panjang Power Station

From 6th and 7th November 2023, the Bar Convent Singapore (BCB Singapore) hosted its first-ever event at the Pasir Panjang Power Station, bringing together bartenders and bar and beverage industry leaders from across Asia and the world. The event was a resounding success, with 2,095 professionals in attendance, including 35% international attendees from 44 countries and regions, making it an excellent platform to explore the latest trends, gain valuable insights, and build meaningful relationships within the regional bar and beverage industry.

The first-ever BCB Singapore at the Pasir Panjang Power Station
Rodgerio Igarashi Vaz of Bar Trench in Tokyo at his guest shift

The event kicked off with a wellness nature trail and several guest shifts around the city on 5th November, adding a fun and adventurous touch. The trade show floor was impressive, with over 150 global brands from 18 countries and regions, including Pernod Ricard, Brown Forman, Remy Cointreau, and Campari, as well as regional craft distillers and key local market distributors. Attendees had the opportunity to discover the latest innovations, build impactful relationships, and explore products from a Japan Pavilion showcasing over 25 brands by ten Japanese producers. The Emerging Brands Pavilion also featured up-and-coming products from around the world, attracting the attention of many attendees.

The first-ever BCB Singapore at Pasir Panjang Power Station
One of the Homegrown Heroes, Suchada Sopacharee (Fahbeer) of Lost in Thaislation in Bangkok

Between 6th and 7th November, attendees had the opportunity to participate in workshops hosted by renowned bartenders, experience a variety of exquisite products from different brands and producers, and learn from experts in the industry. The Homegrown Heroes Bar sessions included workshops with Suchada Sopajaree (aka. Fahbeer) of Lost in Thaislation in Bangkok and Jon Lee of Penrose in Kuala Lumpur. Those interested in flair bartending had the chance to learn from acclaimed flair bartenders Bryan Bonifacio and Shallum Recot at the craft workshops.

The first-ever BCB Singapore at Pasir Panjang Power Station
One of the speakers at BCB Singapore, Hisatsugu Saito of Bar Owl & Rooster, Sapporo, Hokkaido

The event also featured talks by Lorenzo Antinori of Bar Leone in Hong Kong, Hisatsugu Saito of Bar Owl & Rooster in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Beckaly Franks from Hong Kong, Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn from Bangkok, Vijay Mudaliar from Singapore, and Alex Francis of Little Red Door in France, inspiring both seasoned and aspiring bartenders. Additionally, drink enthusiasts had the opportunity to sample cocktails from guest shifts by Crimson Room in Bangkok, David Rios from Spain, and other representatives, further enhancing the attendee experience.

The first-ever BCB Singapore at Pasir Panjang Power Station
Tasting session

"In 2019, I had the opportunity to attend Bar Convent Berlin, one of the world's biggest bar and beverage events. It was an amazing experience. Bar Convent Berlin has showcased the best of the bar and beverage industry in Berlin. It has now expanded to other cities like Brooklyn, São Paulo and recently Singapore," recounted Wariya Intreyonk, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Chomp Magazine. "When I learnt about BCB Singapore, I was thrilled and eager to join the first-ever BCB Singapore. It was an honour for Chomp Magazine to be a part of this event as a media partner. The response was overwhelming, and many brands and renowned bartenders such as Beckaly Franks, David Rios, Alex Francis, Lorenzo Antinori, Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, Hisatsugu Saito, and many more joined in to support it. It was a huge success, and I can't wait for the next year's BCB Singapore."

The first-ever BCB Singapore at Pasir Panjang Power Station
Attendees at a tasting session

The first-ever Bar Convent Singapore, or BCB Singapore, was an exceptional opportunity for attendees to explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of beverages. With an impressive array of offerings, the event provided a thorough and comprehensive look into the industry, featuring insightful presentations, engaging discussions, and hands-on experiences. From the latest trends and innovations to the art and science of crafting the perfect beverage, the event covered it all, leaving attendees with valuable knowledge and connections. It was a remarkable experience for anyone looking to stay current and competitive in the beverage industry.

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