• Acclaimed week-long cocktail festival launches in two new major cities, Liverpool and Nottingham, to mark 5th year
  • Loves Cocktails announces dates for all four 2017 festivals
  • Exciting new partnership with Cellartrends and Abelforths announced for 2017

The celebrated week-long cocktail festival, Loves Cocktails, is marking its milestone 5th year by expanding into two new cities.

The festival, which was founded by drinks entrepreneur, Nick Fox and is aimed at both consumers and trade, will launch in Nottingham and Liverpool in April (24th – 30th) and July (24th – 30th), respectively, in addition to the existing festivals in Leeds (5th – 11th June) and Manchester (4th – 10th Sept).

Loves Cocktails has also secured two new exciting headline partnerships for 2017. The first is with the premium drinks distributor, Cellartrends, who will be supporting the festivals with their Re’al range, described as “the bartender’s new best friend”. The second is with Ableforth’s Rumbullion and the multi award-winning Bathtub Gin. The Loves Cocktail hubs will serve bespoke cocktails from these outstanding brands, as well as host specialist events for consumers and trade.

The week-long festivals bring together the cities’ finest venues with world renowned drinks brands for jam-packed itineraries of events, tasting dinners, masterclass sessions, competitions and parties to celebrate the art of mixing drinks. Customers in possession of coveted Loves Cocktails wristbands can also enjoy selected cocktails at the discounted price of £5 per cocktail at participating venues.

Cocktail professional and drinks entrepreneur Nick Fox, launched Loves Cocktails in 2013 in Leeds before expanding into Manchester in 2016. Loves Cocktails showcases the calibre of bars and industry talent in the North of England. The festival also aims to encourage drinkers to ‘drink better, not more’ by indulging in the finest cocktails and sampling the highest-quality spirit brands.

Each festival is also a chance for beginners, amateurs and enthusiasts to meet industry acclaimed brand ambassadors, sample new spirit ranges and learn new skills with a series of trade-focussed events.

Founder of Loves Cocktails Nick Fox says:

“Loves Cocktails has gone from strength to strength and it was always my aim to develop further in The North. This year launching in Nottingham and Liverpool are two cities that are renowned for their vibrant nightlife, first class bars, talented bartenders, mixologists and innovative drink menus.

The 5th year of Loves Cocktails promises to be the biggest and best yet with 4 major cities mixing, shaking, creating and debating. Involving the finest bars and brands, the fantastic events scheduled should have all cocktail fans licking their lips.”