Marked Events has launched Craft Drink Festival 2018 – a two-day event for craft drink enthusiasts.

Taking place on July 28 and 29 at the Birmingham NEC’s Hall 16 and gardens, the brand-new festival will use the venue’s outdoor space, creating a pop-up town of brewers, distillers and street food stands.

Visitors can expect drink tasting and entertainment, including home-brew tutorials.

“Over the years, the craft brewing revolution has had a huge impact in the UK and right now the scene is incredibly vibrant,” said Mark Walsh, CEO of Marked Events. “We wanted to take its most exciting elements and combine them into one event at the heart of the UK. Game-changing brewers and distillers will share space with food trucks, live entertainment and educational fun for that unbeatable festival feel. It’s the ideal way to kick off the summer.”

Richard Mann, market development director at the NEC, added: “Our insight and new business teams have had the craft drink movement on their radar for a while now, so we’re delighted to be working with Marked Events on launching Craft Drink Festival here at the NEC. Their festival concept feels like the perfect fit for this popular and fast-growing market, and will represent yet another great leisure and entertainment destination for the 24m people within two hours of the NEC campus.”