In Good Spirits: Music And Mixologists At The Vault Festival 2024

The premier festival is making a grand return to Mumbai, featuring an unparalleled selection of over 50 global spirits, wines, and beer brands. It will offer tasting sessions, food pairings, and insights into home bar trends, as well as live music
The Vault Collection brings together handcrafted and handpicked fine spirits from around the world
The Vault Collection brings together handcrafted and handpicked fine spirits from around the world@thevaultfestival /Instagram

Asia's premier drinks festival is back in Mumbai with a grand return, featuring an unparalleled selection of 50+ global brands of spirits, wine, and beer. The festival promises to be bigger, bolder, and more sensory than ever before, offering tasting sessions, food pairings, and home bar trends. There will be live music from the likes of Mujo & Sumbucada, playing Latin Jazz and Funk. Don't miss out on the pop-up by supper club The House of Mala, and the innovative use of projection mapping by Ardbeg's The Pursuit of Smoke, which promises to be a visual and culinary delight. Moreover, top mixologists will be crafting trendy cocktails.

Visitors can indulge in cocktail-making experiences hosted by Counter Top Labs, taste mixology magic at the exclusive pop-up experience by Sidecar (Ranked India’s #1 bar by 30BestBarsIndia 2023), traverse the realm of Ardbeg with the "Pursuit of Smoke," and enjoy curated dessert and coffee-inspired spirit infusions by Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters and Sucre des Terres.

Akin to the previous two editions, the festival presents four unique pillars – Taste, Discover, Listen, and Indulge. Designed with the philosophy to provide a holistic deep dive into the world of craft spirits, this edition offers eight curated immersive experience zones. These multi-sensorial spaces enable visitors to gain a holistic understanding of spirits and mixology from the best minds in the industry. The two-day evening festival is slated to have dedicated pavilions for Tequila, Rum, Whisky, Gin, Saké, Craft Beer, and Wine—with 60+ boutique international labels and Indian craft creations across categories.

About The Festival

The festival is curated by Keshav Prakash, founder of The Vault and The Vault Festival and cinematographer-turned-connoisseur of luxury spirits

The Vault Festival has established itself as the leading craft spirits festival in Asia, catering to the preferences of both serious fine spirits enthusiasts and connoisseurs. The festival was launched in 2019, offering an extraordinary blend of international tastings, craft distillations, engaging discussions with industry experts and pioneers, and a food and music lounge.

"This year, we've curated a line-up that includes 60+ labels - 10 whiskies and gins, six rums and tequilas, ten sakes, twenty wines, and four craft beers," said Keshav Prakash, founder and curator of The Vault Festival. "By providing an open forum between luxury craft spirit makers and the burgeoning spirit community, we want to bring forth the culture of spirit appreciation, rather than promoting casual consumption."

Spirited Away

At the festival, you will get a chance to sample brands from the UK for the first time in India. If you're interested in trying whiskies and gins that are not yet available in India, we recommend visiting the UK Craft Pavilion. You can meet the distillers, makers, and founders of these brands and enjoy the experience of nosing, sipping and savouring their creations.

Explore a wide range of premium sake brands and indulge in their unique stories with the Sake Project's founder. Additionally, you can savour some exquisitely crafted cocktails made with Scotland's top-rated whisky, The Famous Grouse. This impeccably smooth and characterful whisky will elevate your cocktail experience to the next level.

With global and Indian fine spirits in the line-up, visitors can discover the craftsmanship behind fine whisky at The Macallan Experience and journey into Japanese spirit land with the House of Suntory. On the food front, House of Mala, Kaavo, Sliders & Fries, Aglio Pizzeria and Deli, Kofuku & Hengbok, Cafe Panama, and Tru Falafel will be serving up exclusive menus at the Culinary Lounge.

Set The Bar High

For those who take pride in their home bar and want to elevate their drinking experience, investing in high-quality glassware and barware is a must. Luckily, you can find some of the finest at the festival, from Japan and the UK, and renowned for their craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Get Into The Groove

Experience a weekend of exceptional music and fine spirits. Enjoy sipping on delicious cocktails while grooving to Sambucada, one of the top bands in Goa. Their high-energy performances last for more than 90 minutes and are designed to make you shake your hips and stomp your feet. The electrifying atmosphere is further enhanced by meticulously crafted arrangements that provide a platform for some of the best jazz soloists in the country to unleash their talents. Enjoy delicious cocktails while vibing to the rhythms of the finest music. Talented bassist Jonathan Furtado's high-energy performance is designed to make hips shake and feet stomp, adding an extra layer of magic.

Caffeine Highs

If you're attending the festival, don't miss the chance to experience a coffee-tasting experience curated by Blue Tokai. This workshop is designed to elevate your knowledge and palate. The workshop will be held on both days of The Vault Festival, from 7 pm onwards.

Culinary Gems

The well-known supper club House of Málà is popping up at Vault for a limited-seat community dining extravaganza. Indulge in a 3-course Sichuan Symphony, meticulously curated to tantalise your taste buds. Paired with two crafted cocktails and an exclusive preview of our Chinese New Year creation, this dining experience promises an unforgettable adventure. The pop-up will be hosted on both days, at 7 pm and 9 pm. Seats are limited to 14.

The Information

Where: Jio World Garden, Plot No. RG1A, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051

When: February 17-18, 4 pm onwards

Tickets: INR 999 onwards.

Age: For 25 years onwards

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