- The Cocktail Village, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW
Bringing a slice of Chicago's prohibition history to LCW, this is your chance to meet some of the makers of not only phenomenal spirits but astounding history...As the Temperance Movement approached boiling point, America's most beloved liquid vice found itself under heavy siege. While connoisseurs saw abstinence creep across the country, the city of Chicago began its preparations to host the most elaborate of fairs.
Only a few miles North, Frances Elizabeth Willard and her league of temperance supporters had turned Evanston into a stronghold for their cause. Founded as a dry community, Evanston was home to many influential advocates for Prohibition who effectively kept the city free of alcohol for more than one hundred years.
Though the city legalized drinking in the late Nineties, it took the perseverance of our Master Distiller, Paul Hletko, to reverse the antiquated liquor laws. With roots going back to some of Europe's fabled brewing families, Paul and FEW Spirits have marked the end of Evanston's Prohibition and given the city its very own craft distillery. Join them at LCW for cocktails and tales direct from Illinois.
To get into The Cocktail Village you'll need a LCW Festival Pass, just £10 and valid all week. Buy yours here.