The ripples of pandemic continue to expand and cross unexpectedly to create much unknown and chaos. From vast industry to individual worker, this is the great unknown. Our industry has been closed and has taken away from us everything from human contact to co-workers to our bank balance to our outlet for creativity and our purpose. Moreover, no one is unaffected by this. And there lies one thing that we can build on. It’s happening to us all. We are all in this together.
They call it social distancing but really, it’s just physical distancing. COVID-19 has forced us indoors and online but it has made us more social and also time on our hands and many of us have used that time as well as they can. Hosting webinars and watching zoom sessions and being able to study and reflect on the vast changes of both COVID and also Black Lives Matter.
In addition, while we would love to host you in Berlin, or Brooklyn or São Paulo or London we can only stage our community online. There we hope to show the diversity of our Industry and the resilience we possess. And have some fun doing it.
Virtual Guided tours of seven of the best Global Bars with the owner and staff that we have all heard of and read about but cannot visit (yet). On demand education on everything from Jamaica’s attempt to set up a GI to seminars on how to age cocktails in gourds. A talk entitled “A complete history of drink, from the earliest archaeological evidence of intentional fermentation to the 20th century, abridged in one hour.”
Wellness and self-care is more important now than ever, daily sessions on issues from time management to financial planning, and physical and mental wellness and resilience are there to help and support. To listen and learn from professionals and respected industry figures about common struggles and about recognising opportunities is important for everyone.
We will learn from various communities around the world representing gender, sexual identity, race, creed and nationality. We will learn about the very serious challenges we have, are and will face such as sustainability and inclusion. And we shall learn about the possibilities for the future. How we should use this time for improving our societies and ourselves.
And of course we never lose sight of the fact we are a bar show and sessions on the many marvellous aspect of our jobs from menus in the new normal to impeccable service and re-examining hospitality will be explored. From planning professional next steps to innovating without a Roto-Vap and tastings aplenty.
This show has the potential to be both the smallest and the biggest event in BCB history as online allows us to eliminate space and control time. While we may be separated by the havoc of the coronavirus, we will endeavour to provide a place for bartenders and the hospitality industry to get together, benefit, inspire, and remind ourselves that we are indeed all in this together.