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Laura shares 10 Things to Do at the Mindful Drinking Festival

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This year’s Mindful Drinking Festival is bigger and better than ever before. Over 50 brands. Some amazing FREE events, and even three cocktail masterclasses in Be At One. Here are our top 10 things to do at the Fest!

Jane
MEET A TOP BEER SOMMELIER

Jane Peyton is the UK’s top beer writer and sommelier. She will take you through the beers at the festival and a few favourites from co-host Wise Bartender. The tasting starts at 12 noon, upstairs in Patisserie Valerie cafe and is FREE. If you want to buy the beers afterwards, use code clubsodavip at Wise Bartender for a discount.

Free spirits
TRY 10 NEW ALCOHOL FREE SPIRITS (yes 10!)

There are seven new botanicals to mix with Fever Tree Tonics, and three premixed bottles.
Fever-Tree are running two introduction sessions to this new wave of drinks upstairs in Patisserie Valerie. Hear the stories of people who made the drinks, and try a perfect serve. Get there quick at 1.30pm or 4.15pm.

Authors
MEET THE AUTHORS

It is not often you can get such great and knowledgeable people in one room to talk about changing drinking habits – from moderation to going alcohol-free. Our four panelists and books are: Rosamund Dean – Mindful Drinking: How Cutting Down Can Change Your Life  | Andy Ramage – The 28 Day Alcohol Free Challenge  | Shahroo Izadi – The Kindness Method  | Amber Tozer – The Sober Stick Figure. At 2.30pm, upstairs in Patisserie Valerie, hosted by Chillio.

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GAMES & MICRO-BEACHES

Heineken® 0.0 are bringing along games galore, so challenge your mates to giant connect four, Jenga or quoits. May the soberest challenger win!

Missing the beach? Then grab some chips from Poppies, relax on a deck chair, and wiggle your toes in the micro-beaches we have dotted about the square.

Tunes
DANCE or ROCK OUT
So much to say!!! Morning Gloryville (those awesome early morning ravers) will get the party started from 11am. Then we have great live music from Polly Money and Jay Johnson. Broken Dollars will be telling us a little more about their tie-up with Rok Soba, as well as performing some awesome music. We end the day with Amy and Eric, two DJs who prove you don’t have to be smashed to bang out some awesome tunes. 
Drinks
DRINK UNTIL YOU BURST

Did I say we have 50 brands? You can try them all and stock up your fridge at home (don’t worry, we have teamed up with Big Drop to provide you with a free canvas bag!). We have everything: beers, spirits, wines, kombucha, shrubs, shandies, sodas, juices, cider…

There are toilets at the Market and at Patisserie Valerie in case you need them.

Friends
NEW FRIENDS GUARENTEED

Coming alone? Don’t worry, we have that covered. Club Soda members are setting up shop near the information desk to welcome friends new and old. So if you are coming from a sober/mindful community (like One Year No Beer, Soberistas, or Queers Without Beers) there will be the warmest welcome awaiting you.

Cocktails
MIX IT UP

At 3pm, 4pm and 5pm, cocktail bar Be At One on the square will be hosting an alcohol-free cocktail masterclass in their bar. So grab a bit of shade for a while, head inside, and learn how they make some of their amazing range of zero% concoctions, and try one or two yourself.

Food
Food, Food, Food

Whilst there is lots of food at the market for you to grab and bring back to the Festival, you will be pleased to know that Redemption Bar is popping up on the square for the day, serving their amazing vegan and sugar-free food. Patisserie Valerie will also be serving their beautiful ice cream. Top Tip: these foods all pair with ALL the drinks at the festival. Our expertise knows no bounds!

You
DISCOVER THE FUTURE YOU

Us two Club Soda co-founders, Laura and Jussi, still think changing our drinking habits was the best thing we did (Jussi is a mindful drinker, Laura has gone alcohol free). If we could have known how happy the future us was going to be, we would have done it sooner. If you want to have a chat about your own future with less alcohol, then pop in to our Fortune Telling Tent on the square, and speak to an expert counsellor from Drink Coach, or a Club Soda member, and ask all the questions you have always wanted to ask.


Quitting or cutting down on alcohol, or looking for options to satisfy that sweet tooth but without all the sugar? Come to our Mindful Drinking Festival on Saturday 28th July 2018 from 11 am to 6 pm at Spitalfields Market in London, to try some incredible alcohol-free drinks brands including craft sodas, tonics, botanicals, ‘spirits”, kombuchas, shrubs, beers, wines, ciders, and cocktails. And it’s FREE entry! Head here for details: https://mindfuldrinkingfestival.com/

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I am Laura the Co-Founder at Club Soda. I gave up drinking in 2012 and hope that I can support you to take a self-guided journey to change your drinking whatever your goal.

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