In the ever popular Drinks Theatre regular masterclasses and demonstrations are given by some of the most talented sommeliers, mixologists and drink experts in the country.

Here, visitors can be some of the first people in the UK to sample new products as well as brush up on their knowledge of wine, champagne, sherry, ales and spirits with experts including TV’s Charles Metcalfe and beer expert Melissa Cole.  We are also joined this year by Neil Phillips, better known as ‘The Wine Tipster’, who is one of the UK’s leading Champagne experts and wine performers.  There will also be a Cocktail Theatre where top local mixologists will demonstrate their skills with hands-on classes and compete to be the daily cocktail champion.

Saturday 3rd May

11.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

12.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

13.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

14.30 – Centre du Loire wine tastings with Charles Metcalfe

15.30 – English Sparkling Wine with Nyetimber

16.30 – German Wine – Give it a Whirl with Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster

17.30 – Discover the wonderful Riojas from Bodegas Beronia

Sunday 4th May

11.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

12.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

13.30 – Lancaster beer tasting

14.30 – Centre du Loire wine tastings with Charles Metcalfe

15.30 – Cocktail Masterclass

16.30 – Lancaster beer tasting

17.30 Brighton Bars Cocktail Competition Masters of Mixology

Monday 5th May

11.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

12.30 Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

13.30 – Neil Phillps: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

14.30 – Centre du Loire wine tastings with Charles Metcalfe

15.30 Cocktail Masterclass

16.30 - South African Wine Stars from Kleine Zalze Stellenbosch

17.30 –  Discover the wonderful Riojas from Bodegas Beronia

Entry to the Drinks Theatre is included in the ticket price. Tickets are released on the day of the festival Places are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.