The London Coffee Festival 2014
his week will see up to 20,000 people hitting trendy East London to visit the London Coffee Festival 2014,
Twhich will launch UK Coffee Week All being well, I’m hoping to be one of them.
The festival is set to feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas. It will also have interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more.
As part of the festival, “The Lab” will be running live interactive demonstrations, hands-on workshops, talks and debates. It will also host numerous free, interesting tastings and workshops that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.
The London Coffee Festival will also be hosting all official UK SCAE competitions in 2014,
including: the UK Barista Championships (UKBC), Latte Art Competition, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasting and Brewers Cup. The very best baristas from across the UK to take part and
compete for the coveted champion titles. 2013 saw 80 entrants and 20 semi-finalists take part with John Gordon from Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London winning the title.
With the festival being the flagship event of UK Coffee Week 2014, which runs from April 7-13, it also draws attention to the associated charity, Project Waterfall. The week will see a nationwide celebration of great coffee and industry collaboration to raise funds for the charity which aims to deliver safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene education in Africa. So far The London Coffee Festival has raised more than £180,000 for this worthy cause through ticket sales and onsite fundraising. 50% of ticket sales this year will go to Project Waterfall.
The London Coffee Festival - UK Coffee Week’s launch event, runs from 3rd – 6th April 2014 and will attract over 20,000 coffee, tea and food lovers. It takes place at Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR (entrance via 15 Hanbury Street). The ticket price is £11.50 online or £14.50 on the door.
Although 3rd and 4th are Industry days, the weekend (starting Friday at 5pm) are open to everyone:
Friday 4th April
Evening session: 5pm-8pm
Martini Launch Party: 8pm-10pm
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April
Brunch session: 10am-1pm
Lunch session: 1pm-4pm - Now SOLD OUT
Tea time session: 4pm-7pm
Tickets are available.
EACH TICKET INCLUDES:
Free interactive workshops, tastings, brewing tutorials & talks.
Free coffee and food tastings, access to more than 200 progressive exhibitors.
Barista competitions. (see the masters in action during the SCAE UK Event Finals!)
Tropical beats from the coffee belt; DJs & bands, art exhibitions, cocktails, craft beer and street food.
Free access to Milk & Sugar, a new showcase of inspirational brands spanning from fashion to design.
Contribution of 50% of the standard ticket value to be donated to clean water projects in coffee-producing countries.
Official website: London Coffee Festival