Looking for festive drinks inspiration? Then put a date in the diary and join us at London’s County Hall. With more than 100 stands hosted by leading names from the drinks world, it’s the ideal place to discover new favourites.
There’s a great selection of outstanding wines for you to try, as well as some of the world’s leading wine-makers on hand to talk you through the flavours, grapes and stories behind their wines.
Blend your own gin, learn all about Irish whiskey or pick up cocktail-making and food-pairing tips at a tutored masterclass or hands-on workshop. Explore what’s on offer and book your place in advance.
Classic brands and innovative new distilleries will be showcasing a wide range of light and dark spirits. Meet the distillers, sample their drinks and get inspired by new cocktails and other ways to serve them.
If ale’s your thing, there’s plenty for you too, including local breweries from around the UK. And non-alcoholic drinks aren’t forgotten either, with a good choice of soft and low/no alcohol drinks and mocktails.
Find a great new fizz for Christmas, whatever your budget. Try before you buy with top-quality Champagnes and sparkling wines, including Waitrose Leckford Estate Blanc de Blancs and other English sparklers.
It isn’t only about drinks either… You’ll be able to sample some highlights and favourites from this year’s Waitrose Christmas food range, with ideas for the perfect drinks to pair with them.
What do the experts drink at Christmas? Get the lowdown from the talented wine-makers and master distillers at the festival. Our own Buying Team and Specialists will be sharing their favourites, too.
Discover how to create a beautiful Christmas tablescape with home design stylists from John Lewis. These drop-in sessions will help you turn your seasonal dining table into a feast for the eyes.
Hot bowl food will be circulated around the festival and chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School will be on hand for festive food tips and to talk about their cookery courses – a great Christmas gift.