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, music, comedy, 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 happening in London, and that’s great (take a look at London Beer City for example). But at this festival we will 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…).

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The festival is free to attend for everyone. Some of the talks and other events are ticketed (see the Festival page for full details). You can still sign up to our mailing list in advance though, to get all the latest news about the Festival.

Ok, what do I get if I sign up?

We will keep you updated on all the latest festival news via email: what drinks, music and other fun stuff to expect, and any practical things you should know in advance. And you will about all the other mindful drinking events we organise, like our regular mindful pub crawls with Morning Gloryville. But you can always just turn up too!

How do I get to Spitalfields?

Liverpool Street station (Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, TFL Rail) is just a short walk away. Shoreditch High Street station (Overground) is not too far either. And several bus routes go past here.

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, instead we are asking everyone to buy a special hard plastic festival glass that they can use for the tastings etc. And we will recycle as much as we can.

Festival glasses, tell me more

Gladly! We will have hard plastic glasses, specially made with the festival logo, so there’s less or no need for disposable cups. You can buy one when you get to the festival for £2 (you also get our special festival tote bag to carry it in!), and take it home with you and keep using it.

Will there be food too?

Yes! There are several food vendors and restaurants at and around Spitalfields Market. You are welcome to find a takeaway, buy a drink at the festival, and sit down to enjoy both at the Heineken 0.0 pop-up bar under the canopy.

Are there drinks for vegetarians and vegans?

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

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 traders as they will be able to tell you more about their products.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes dogs are allowed into the festival if they are kept on a short lead. We are also trying to get some dog beer in, so that the dogs can do a bit of beer tasting too. More info to follow soon…

What about disabled access?

The festival site is fully accessible, and there are disabled toilets at the square.

Is it child friendly?

Yes! There will many drinks suitable for children.

Are there cash machines?

Yes! There is a cash machine near the Festival square inside the market, and many more on Bishopsgate.

And toilets?

Also yes, there are toilets inside the market.

Can I pay with a credit/debit card?

Some of the drink vendors on the site may accept payment by card but we cannot guarantee it I’m afraid.