Drinks Fest finishes up but Bar Week lives on!


After thinking long and hard, I have made the decision to bring to a close the Drinks Fest exhibition side of this year’s Sydney Bar Week. Sydney Bar Week will continue with our amazing trade parties and the influential Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards. Unfortunately, we have just reached a point where the exhibition is no longer profitable enough to stage.

The exhibition ran for 12 years and was responsible for bringing out such drinks legends as Dale De Groff, Gary Regan, Dave Wondrich, Angus Winchester, Julio Bermejo, Tony Conigliaro and Sasha Petraske to name just a few. It’s also helped educate thousands of passionate professionals from around the country year on year. But times change and we need to adapt with them, so we will say a fond farewell to what has been a great run of trade industry exhibitions. Thank you to all the suppliers who have continued to support the event over the years and most of all thank you to all the trade who have made the effort to come down and support the exhibition.

On a positive note, it gives the Spanton Media team a chance to refocus their energies on the things that the trade and the suppliers are more excited about – the Bar Week trade parties, the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition and the Australian Bartender Magazine Bar Awards. All these events are 110% happening. For three days this September, Sydney will come alive with bar industry professionals ready to have fun. And let’s face it – this way no one will have to get up early!! And with the support of preferred Spanton Media suppliers we plan to make this event bigger and better. So stay tuned for more information and remember to mark your diary for Sydney Bar Week 22nd -24th September.


David Spanton