Auckland 2021

13-15 Jun, Sun–Tue 10am–5pm, ASB Showgrounds

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Mikey Ball

Mikey Ball

Mikey Ball is a hospitality professional with more than a decade of international experience, including serving as head bartender at the award-winning Dandelyan in London.

This was following work at the esteemed Milk and Honey in London. His international experience includes NZ, Dubai, London and Canada. During his time at Dandelyan, the bar and team won international acclaim and awards including “Best International Hotel Bar“, “Best International Bar Team” and “Worlds Best Bar” in the recent Tales and Spirits awards in New Orleans.

Originally from New Zealand, Mikey has returned to NZ with a focus on developing the local hospitality community through training, consultancy and new product development. Mikey heads up the educational focus, product development as-well as helps out with quality on the production side at East Imperial. Along with his role at East Imperial he fills his time helping other local businesses squeeze more deliciousness out of their products through technique and balance. Mikey champions consistency and the need for control over ingredients. His unique focus on using local ingredients with unconventional methods has been welcomed back home through recent activations, menu consultations, products and most recently his Ballin’ Drinks bottled cocktails and solutions range.

See Mikey Ball live in Auckland 2021

Sunday 13 June
Drinking Thoughtfully
12:30pm-1pm The Best Cellar

A deep dive with Mikey into the process behind thoughtful drinks production. Discover the how to’s, why’s and why not’s around great beverages and how knowing more about your ingredients is the key to high quality drinks.

Monday 14 June
Thrifty Mis En Place
12:30pm-1pm The Best Cellar

Discover how to get the most out of our bar ingredients via unconventional preparation, refinement and closed-loop waste techniques. Uncover the goodness can be extracted from the produce we often throw out.

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