Angus on this year's top speakers of BCB Pouring Digital
Credit: Bar Convent Berlin
“From the owners of some of the coolest bars on the planet to some of the wisest heads in our industry and up and coming figures we are hoping to use our platform to help them help you by inspiring, educating and connecting you in these times of trouble and strife.”
From Angus Winchester
Perhaps the greatest lure the Hospitality industry for many people is its diversity and acceptance. People refer to their colleagues as family and most bars and restaurants are seemingly collections of misfit toys that work well together. With the vast scope of type of bars as well as the people that work in them – all genders, races, religions, sexuality, personality, experience are welcome.
The other lure is the truly global nature of our work. I have long said bartending is a truly portable career as even in Addis Ababa there is a bolshy American businessman sitting at a hotel bar complaining about not being able to get a good Martini. Yes, immigration is a hot button for many right now but its never been a better time to be a bartender prepared to travel. The cocktail movement is truly global and social media has allowed us to see the vastness and the opportunities it holds
Yet obviously the pandemic is terrible but its been especially hard for our industry. Although populations and governments acted differently everyone has been impacted financially, physically and mentally. Uncertainty rules and social distancing is harsh but necessary. But adaptability and resilience are key traits for success in our industry and they are on show constantly. And in the absence of proximity so we have pivoted to digital to retain connection and look for inspiration.
And it is those three buckets of diversity, internationalism and inspiration that helped us choose and this year’s speakers reflect and encompass the ideas above. They represent some of the finest minds in our industry but also reflect the diversity of the audience and what they are inspired and interested in where they are.
While this year there are great sessions from the elders and eminence grise who are so familiar and who have contributed so much to our education such as Ian Burrell, Sean Finter and the research dynamic duo Anastasia Miller and Jared Brown we have made great strides in finding new voices from new markets or underserved communities. From Cyprus to Ghana and from Tel Aviv to Seattle we have reached out to hear from our friends around the world and to hear their stories and learn from their expertise. Submissions came in from the four corners of the world and we have tried to accommodate all and especially those markets who we rarely hear from.
And that also goes for other groups defined not by their geography. From the LGBTQIA community to hearing from more POC, BIPOC, BAME or whatever terminology you use not because it is the ‘right’ thing to do in today’s climate but because they are experts and colleagues and shine the light on more uncomfortable topics that we are slowly addressing. From Inclusion to Tiki’s potentially problematic issues and the uncelebrated contribution of African American mixologists in early American cocktail history we have knowledgeable experts, fearless allies and passionate advocates all dropping much needed info.
From the owners of some of the coolest bars on the planet (Erik Lorincz, Masahiro Urushido and Artem Peruk) to some of the wisest heads in our industry (Briana and Andrew Volk, Jackie Summers, Greg Bohem and Yangdup Lama) and up and coming figures (Savva Panayiotis, Chelsea Gregoire and Mariah Kunkel) we are hoping to use our platform to help them help you by inspiring, educating and connecting you in these times of trouble and strife. These are not normal times but we are not a normal industry and this will not be a normal event but one that celebrates our diversity and our global community and tries, like every good bar, to provide something for everybody.
First sessions have been published already. Check out the BCB Pouring Digital programme which will be enriched with additional sessions until the start of the digital event in October.