BAR Fest 2018: the first UK festival for the bar industry

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The UK’s first bar industry festival is set to be held in Yorkshire this summer from June 28 to July 1.

Hosted by Leeds-based events company BAR Events UK, the festival, stretching over four days, will be a celebration of all things “bar” and a chance for the hard-working hospitality crowd to let their hair down.

Get involved in the event from June 28 to July 1, midday to midnight daily, at Silsden in West Yorkshire. You’ll find giant tepees, a fully stocked bar (obviously), street food, camping and glamping, talks and industry legend appearances, competitions and demonstrations. Not to mention some great music and a line-up of incredible DJs.

Dan Lakin, managing director of BAR Events and the brains behind this new festival, sheds a little more light for us: “The whole team are from extensive hospitality backgrounds and have spent many a weekend grafting at festivals or missing out on festivals due to work. We wanted to create a festival especially for industry workers – somewhere they can come just to chill out on their day off or get in to the competitive spirit and represent or support their bar in one of the competitions we have planned over the weekend.

“There’s tons going on over the four days and easy links from Leeds city centre, including a free bus and the option to camp on site for those wanting to make a weekend of it.”

The event already has some amazing sponsors on board. Camden Town Brewery will be supporting the weekend and will have a range of their craft beers on draught and in the fridges. Indie Brands and their BemBom Rum do Brasil are sponsoring the Thursday-night DJ competition with a cash prize and warm-up slot for our headliners on Friday or Saturday night.

Dust off your vinyls and mixo tools and get ready to compete or just head down to enjoy the atmosphere and a few drinks! Spread the word and get involved.

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