The first ever edition of #50BestTalks for Asia’s 50 Best Bars took place in May 2018, with the second edition set to take place on Friday 10th May 2019 at Como Dempsey in Singapore.
Under the theme ‘Female Spirit’, some of Asia’s leading bartenders will discuss key topics and current trends in the bar scene, cocktail culture and much more, in the first all-female edition of a #50BestTalks event.
The panel will feature insight from mixologists hailing from Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Check out the line-up below and tune in to The World’s 50 Best Bars Facebook page from 2pm Singapore time on May 10th to follow the event live.
Sasha Wijidessa of Operation Dagger in Singapore
The bar manager of decorated Singapore venue Operation Dagger, Wijidessa holds a pharmaceutical science diploma and applies her scientific knowledge to cocktail making. She rose through the ranks to the position of bar manager and helped propel Operation Dagger to the No.19 spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list.
The mastermind behind The Woods in Hong Kong, a bar that focuses on seasonal ingredients and artisanal liquors, Chow believes that the drinking experience should be fully experiential. The Woods is considered one of Hong Kong’s most creative cocktail spaces and Chow is also the creator of Kwoon, Asia’s first artisanal pre-batched cocktail series, including the Tom Yum Cooler and Pina Tang.
Bannie Kang of Anti:Dote in Singapore
Hailing from Gyeongsangnam-do in South Korea, Kang joined the team of craftsmen at Anti:Dote in 2013 and soon started earning awards at cocktail competitions around the world, including the championship title at the 2016 Bacardi Legacy Global Competition. Passionate about creating cocktails with medicinal and social purposes, Kang often incorporates Korean ingredients into her creations, such as Sakura flowers, plums and yuzu.
Pinsuda Pongprom of The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
Pongprom is the head bartender at The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, and has been instrumental in its rise from No.34 in 2016 to No.9 in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018 list. The Bangkok-based mixologist already has several accomplishments under her belt, including a Rising Star award at the 2017 Bar Awards in the Thai capital and becoming a finalist at the Bacardi Legacy Asia competition.
Watch the full video of #50BestTalks: Asia takes on the world from 2018.
Now watch the highlights from last year's edition of #50BestTalks, featuring Vijay Mudaliar, Beckaly Franks, Philip Bischoff and Suwincha “ChaCha” Singsuwan:
#50BestTalks is a series of thought-leadership events with the purpose of sharing, debating and passing along knowledge and innovation in the hospitality industry, as well as promoting the successes and tackling the challenges across the global and regional food and drinks sectors.