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.

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 will 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…). At the January 2019 Festival we also hosted 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 very popular, so may have advance bookings in place for them – check the event pages for more information and booking links.

And some more hands-on activities like cocktail-making masterclasses or small group “Beer Tours”, will be ticketed and have a fee to take part.

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 Winter Festival 2020 will be at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, which has many places for food, catering for all tastes and diets, including the street food market next door on Sunday. We will therefore not have any food vendors at the Festival itself.

Are there drinks 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?

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 Festival venue is accessible via a ramp (the front door has steps, but there is an another entrance, please ask staff to show you!). And there are accessible toilets.

Is it child friendly?

Yes! There will be many drinks suitable for children.

Is it dog friendly?

Yes! Well-behaved small dogs on lead are welcome.

Are there cash machines?

There are some on Brick Lane, and many more at Spitalfields Market or Bishopsgate, just round the corner.

And toilets?

Yes, there are toilets at the venue.

What’s the nearest station?

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

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.