Festival FAQ

What is a Mindful Drinking Festival?

The Mindful Drinking Festival will have a range of innovative low and no alcohol drinks to taste and buy, tasting events with the producers, talks, workshops, and much more. The Summer 2020 Festival was global virtual one, so some things were a bit different that time… But we are hoping to be able to organise a real-world event in London again in Summer 2021!

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 the ideas behind mindful drinking in more detail here.

Who or what is Club Soda?

Club Soda organises these Festivals. We are a Mindful Drinking Movement, supporting people who want to change their relationship with alcohol, helping everyone find new drinks, and much more. You can find out more about us at the Club Soda website.

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…). At some Festivals we may also have a few lower alcohol drinks – these will always be clearly marked for anyone who isn’t interested in them.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The Festival is free to attend for everyone. We do ask that you sign up to our mailing list in advance though, as we will use daily emails to tell you about the programme for each day. Just click here to sign up.

Where and when is the next festival?

The ninth Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival will hopefully take place in August 2021 in London, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we can’t confirm the details just yet…

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: when the next event is happening, what drinks, talks, and other fun stuff to expect, and any practical things you should know in advance. You will also hear about new low and no alcohol drinks, and some other mindful drinking events we organise. Sign up here.

Where can I buy the drinks?

  • We have links to each brand’s own websites – many sell their drinks online, and they often also have a “find a stockist” page with more shopping info
  • In the UK, Wise Bartender is our online shop partner – you will find many of the Festival drinks there, and you can create your own mixed cases to try many different drinks
  • For the UK and US, we have also collected info on the drinks available from Amazon – check here for Amazon UK and for Amazon US to see what’s available (sadly we can’t do the same for any other location…)

Where can I see the programme of talks?

Click on the “What’s happening” menu at the top of the page to find the programme when it’s published.

Are any of the drinks suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

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

What about gluten-free?

It is safest to ask the vendors if you want to be sure.

Is it child friendly?

Yes, although many of the talks and panel discussion will contain adult themes, so please check before you let children watch any.