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Bartender Calendar 2011
This is our bartender calendar for the year. It will change and get updated every week or so, please check back from time to time to make sure you know what’s going on.

Everything in GREEN is training and compulsory.
Everything in RED is a examination or assessment and also compulsory
Exciting and exclusive trips that you should be fighting for a place on are in BLUE!

03 May:
Rum II First Tuesday with Ian Burrell at the Player
Before Ian Burrell became the UK Rum Ambassador, he dabbled in music and could be found rapping as alter ego ‘Via B’, on ITV co-presenting two shows and also playing professional basketball in the British Basketball League (almost as good as the NBA?)
Ian is now heavily involved in the vibrant world of Rum and is the founder and brains behind the infamous annual Rumfest. His session will focus less on the history and production of Rum that was covered by Tony Hart and more on the application of the spirit and the thought processes behind the way we sell spirits and the way we use them in drinks when behind the stick.
07 May:
137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, KY, USA.
Not only a celebration of thoroughbred race horses and the Bluegrass county but a great excuse to crack open some Woodford reserve and sink a few Mint Juleps. The “Official Mint Julep” of the Derby is the Early Times Mint Julep and has been for the past 18yrs. Early Times is not technically bourbon, its Kentucky whiskey but regardless, around 120,000 Juleps are sucked down over the two day event. Woodford Reserve plays a large part at the Derby as the “Official bourbon” and was last year the backbone of 73 elaborate $1000 Mint Julep’s served in sterling silver Julep cups designed by Tiffany & Co. www.kentuckyderby.com
10 May:
Wine Second Tuesday with Dirceu Vianna Junior MW at The Player
The first of three wine Second Tuesday training sessions with “Junior” from Coe Vintners who has over 20yrs experience in the Wine Industry.
"Junior" is originally from Brazil, where he studied Forest Engineering and Law, before moving to the UK in 1989. He joined the trade in 1990 and was the first South American male to become a Master of Wine in 2008, receiving the ‘Viña Errazuriz Award’ by the Institute of Masters of Wine for excellence in the business of wine. He is based in London where he is the Wine Development Director at Coe Vintners. He is a speaker in several international events, a wine educator, consultant and a judge at selected wine competitions around the world. Apart from that "Junior" is an independent wine writer and has made several appearances on radio and television in South America.
10 May:
The Boutique Bar Show, Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
Their first visit to Manchester and perhaps a good reason to visit some good bars outside of London… yes, they do exist. Register online at www.boutiquebarshow.com/register. We will be organising a trip up there for up to a dozen of us. Manchester beware!
13-17 May:
The Manhattan Cocktail Classic: New York
Festival/fête/conference/cocktail party, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is New York’s annual doffing of its hat to the cocktail. With over one hundred events spread across five days and five boroughs, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike. For more info visit www.manhattancocktailclassic.com.
17-19 May:
London International Wine Fair at Excel London
With over 20,000 wines on show to sample and a load of tastings, seminars, debates, this is well worth a trip. If you’re keen, then register at www.londonwinefair.com.
22-26 May:
The New York City Trip
The winner and runner-up of the Bartender of the Year 2011 award, plus two more lucky bartenders will be heading to New York with JD and Rick to take a look into the NY bar scene and have some drinks in some of its top bars. [Dates, details and qualification criteria TBC].
28 May - 02 June:
Dale's Back!
Details of Dale's itinerary to follow shortly. Watch this space...