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Posted: 12th November 2018

Winchester Cocktail Week is back for a fourth round in 2019! The festival was officially launched on Tuesday
evening, in the presence of the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson, at an exclusive event for participating
venues and VIPs at Hotel du Vin on Jewry Street.

The luxurious hotel and bar hosted the evening to give guests a taste of what’s to come during the festival, which
runs 4-10 February in venues across the city. Aperitifs were handed out on arrival while the Hotel mixed up its
signature cocktail, ‘Grandma’s Jam’, which was a huge hit with visitors to this year’s Cocktail Week.
Salvatore Damiano, President of the UK Bartenders’ Guild (UKBG), was there to offer expert advice on how to mix
the perfect martini and Cabinet Rooms, who operate the festival Hub, set up a ‘punch station’ where people could
help themselves to a rum punch, made with Bacardi Cuatro, fresh lemon juice, apple juice, ginger ale and a secret,
homemade syrup.

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands, based locally in Kings Worthy, are once again headline sponsors of the festival. UK
and Ireland Managing Director, Amanda Almond, said ”Bacardi Brown Forman are delighted to support our home
town of Winchester for Winchester Cocktail week. A fantastic opportunity to allow our local consumers and
customers to enjoy our beautifully crafted brands, as well as support our local community for which we are proud
to be part of.”

The whole festival itself is getting a facelift this year, as award-winning marketing agency, The Typeface Group,
launched their new look to the event, with flashes of magenta and denim, and a bold, new logo. Co-founder Polly
Buckland said, “We look forward to breathing life and colour into the events for Winchester Cocktail Week 2019
with the skills and experience that the Typeface team can bring to the table.”
Already, the festival is looking to be the most exciting yet, with nearly two dozen venues already signed up to take
part. Events will be available all week, culminating with a performance by celebrated drink connoisseurs, the
Thinking Drinkers, at the Theatre Royal and a special Studio 54 disco finale at Guildhall Winchester, both of which
will be happening on the Saturday evening.

Festival Director, Gary Whiter, said, “We are working hard with our partners to really shake up the festival this year
and make it more exciting than ever. We’re particularly pleased to work once again with Winchester BID, who are
actively supporting independent businesses wishing to take part in the festival. Independent businesses play a
leading role in setting Winchester apart from other cities and so we’re delighted that they’re taking centre stage in
this year’s festival. Watch this space for more details of our special #IndieWinch trail for Cocktail Week!”