Festival FAQ

What is the Mindful Drinking Festival?

The Mindful Drinking Festival will have a range of innovative drinks to taste and buy, tasting events with the producers, talks, workshops, and much more.

And what’s this “mindful drinking”?

It could be cutting down on alcohol. Or doing a sober sprint. Or even going completely alcohol-free. It is really up to you. We try to explain in more detail here. You can find much more of the same over at Club Soda.

So you’re against alcohol?

Not at all! We have nothing against alcohol (in moderation). There are plenty of beer festivals and other such events, and that’s great. But at these festivals we usually only have drinks that are either alcohol-free, or under 0.5% ABV (you may call them “low alcohol”, “alcohol-free”, or “non-alcoholic” depending on your definition, legally it’s all a bit complicated…). For the January 2019 London we will also host a few lower alcohol drinks too – for example “small beers” under 3%.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The festival is free to attend for everyone. You can still sign up to our mailing list in advance though, to get all the latest news about the Festival. Some “events within the event”  (talks, workshops, panel discussions) will be popular, so you can book a place in advance – check the event pages for more information and booking links. Click here for the Motivation Stage and the Drinks Stage programmes.

And the “Beer Tours” are such a special type of event that to manage them, we have to charge a small fee to attend them. Read more about them here.

Ok, what do I get if I sign up to your emails?

We will keep you updated on all the latest festival news via email: what drinks, talks, and other fun stuff to expect, and any practical things you should know in advance. And you will hear about all the other mindful drinking events we organise.

What about the environment?

Good question, and something we’ve been thinking about too. We are trying to minimize the amount of waste at the festival. We will use as few disposable cups and glasses as possible. And we will recycle as much as we can.

Will there be food too?

Our London January Festival will be at Brick Lane, which has many places for food, catering for all tastes and diets. We will therefore not have any food vendors at the Festival itself this time.

Are there drinks for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes! Many if not most of the drinks will be vegan (do ask if you’re not sure though – some of them may not be – especially the beers and wines).

What about gluten-free?

We are putting together info on what drinks are and aren’t gluten-free. As usual, it’s safest to ask the vendors if you want to be sure.

Can I come to the festival if I have a food allergy?

Festival vendors will make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions, however, there is always a risk of cross-contamination and those with allergies should be aware of this. Please check with the drink and food traders as they will be able to tell you more about their products.

What about disabled access?

The venue is accessible. The main entrance from Ely’s Yard has steps, but there is a second entrance inside the Truman Brewery building via a ramp (from the Sunday food market venue – ask the security at the door if you don’t know how to get there).

Is it child friendly?

Yes! There will be many drinks suitable for children.

Is it dog friendly?

Yes! Small well-behaved dogs on a lead can come in.

Are there cash machines?

The nearest one is at 116 Brick Lane (just round the corner). And there are many more at Spitalfields Market and Commercial Street, a couple of minutes walk away.

And toilets?

Yes, there are toilets at the venue.

What’s the nearest station?

Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines) and Liverpool Street (Central, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, TFL Rail, National Rail) are about the same distance away. Shoreditch High Street Overground station is also close by. There should be no TFL line closures on any of those lines on the Festival weekend, but do check ahead, just in case.

Can I pay with a credit/debit card?

Some of the drink vendors at the Festival may accept payment by card but we cannot guarantee it we’re afraid.