Festival

Join us at the Bled Water Festival

2-day conference in Bled, Slovenia on 16 & 17 June 2022;

Key progamme topics: Water quality, water and health, new trends in bottled water, combining water sommeliers and cuisine, innovative water technologies.

We present and reward innovative and sustainable solutions for the preservation of the aquatic environment and water resources;

Water tasting: Opportunity to taste bottled waters from several countries. Discover how to choose water by purpose of use, how to make a water cocktail and how to combine water with food.

Networking: Meeting international organizations, businessmen, representatives of state bodies, experts, activists and investors;

Option to sign up for a water sommelier course.

Co-organizer of Bled Water Festival:

2022 BWF Programme

Honorary sponsor:
Uroš Brežan, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
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Thursday, 16 June
9.00-9.40 Opening of the Bled Water Festival 2022
Mario Gajić, Director of Bled Water Festival
Marko Maver, PhD, National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, Asistent Director, Slovenia
Mariam Kham, Executive Director at Community Development Foundation, Pakistan, Founder and Vice President GWDN, Founder and President IWDC – 2021-2031
Léa Glâtre, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Monaco
Heather Phigeland, CEO Founder Water is Life Affiliation to 5 Africa countries
Youth representatives Neža Ferjan Mulec and Matija Pretnar, Bled Primary School, 9th grade
Uroš Brežan, Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
9.45-10.45 PANEL 1: How drinking water affects my body
Moderator: Milin Patel, United Kingdom
Darja Repnik, National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, Slovenia
Márta Vargha, Head of the Water Hygiene Working Group, National Public Health Center, Hungary
Magdalena Ujević Bošnjak, BSc, PhD, scientific assistant, Head of the Department for Water Safety and Supply, Croatian Institute of Public Health, Croatia
Karlo Guštin, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia
10.45-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-.12.00 PANEL 2: A new understanding of drinking water (spring and bottled) and its effect on the body
Prof. dr. Marjana Simonič, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Enginerring, University of Maribor, Laboratory for Water Biophysics and Membrane Processes, Slovenia
Damir Andabaka, MSc. of Food Technology, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia
12.00-13.00 PANEL 3: Water sommelier: presentation of the profession, water cocktails and possibilities in gastronomy
Moderator: Milin Patel, water sommelier, United Kingdom
Ha Neul Kim, water sommelier, South Korea
Boštjan Jelovčan, water sommelier, Slovenia
Jan Remec, BWF barman, Slovenia
Doran Binder, Crag Water (first Water Bar in United Kingdom)
The panel is organized in partnership with the Kamnik-Savinja Alps Waterway Network. The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), CLLD approach – implementation of community-led local development in the 2014-2020 programming period.
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.30 PANEL 4: Distribution of bottled water and presentation of the first water bar in the United Kingdom
Moderator: Milin Patel, United Kingdom
Doran Binder, Crag Water, United Kingdom
Michael Mascha, Fine Waters, USA
Pat Eckert, Owner and Director of FINE LIQUIDS Premium Waters, Germany
Ha Neul Kim, water sommelier, South Korea
15.30-16.30 Water Tasting
Tasting of spring and bottled water with water sommelier and testing of spring water (National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food)
16.30-18.00 Free time: Swimming in Lake Bled (at your own risk, Vila Bled beach)
18.00-20:00 Dinner for accredited guests
Friday, 17 June 
9.00-11.00 PANEL 5: Accelerating business action for water stewardship and fair water footprints

Opening: Why responsible business engagement on water matters
Bojan Dejak, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Directorate for Water and Investments, Director General, Slovenia

Examples of national and international initiatives:
Finnish Water Stewardship Commitment, Bled 2021 awardee and Glasgow COP26 Declaration for Fair Water Footprints – Suvi Sojamo, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Environment Institute
Austrian Water Footprint Assessment and Awareness Raising – Johannes Grath, Environment Agency Austria
Czech Responsible Water Management Programme – Veronika Matuszná, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Water Europe – Loïc Charpentier, Water innovation Policy Manager
Luboš Bafrnec, Director of Smart Water Solutions, Iskraemeco

Panel Discussion (60 min)

Closing remarks
Tanja Miškova, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador, Slovenia

Organizers: Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Finland; Finnish Environment Institute; Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia; Austria; Bled Water Festival

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 PANEL 6: Sustainable water management
Peter Frantar, PhD, Slovenian Environment Agency, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
Tanja Subotić Levanič, representative of Slovenian Beverages Association within CCIS-Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises
Mitja Bricelj, PhD, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Directorate for Water and Investments, Slovenia
Roman Kramer, Water Directorate of the Republic of Slovenia, Director, Slovenia
Matjaž Berčon, Komunala Kranj, Director, Slovenija
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 PANEL 7: Let’s use the rainwater
Nuša Pavlinjek, Roto, Director, Slovenia
Veronika Matuszná, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Water Protection Departmen, Czech Republic
Miha Lampret, GIC gradnje, Commercial Director, Slovenia
Mitja Bricelj, PhD, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Directorate for Water and Investments, Slovenia
Mag. Iztok Rozman, Chamber of commerce and industry of Slovenia – Chamber of public utilities, Head of Projects, Slovenia
15:00-18:00 Free afternoon: Guided tour of the castle, island, Vintgar Bled, walk around the lake, hike to Straža
18.00-21.00 Gala dinner with water sommelier (Ha Nuel Kim, South Korea) – for invited guests only

Registration

The next transformed edition of Bled Water Festival will be held
on 16 and 17 June 2022.

Location

The festival will take place at the hotel Vila Bled in Bled, one of the ten most beautiful places in the world.

Address:

Vila Bled
Cesta svobode 18
Bled, Slovenia

 

Accommodation

Accommodation at the time of the festival is accepted in the Vila Bled Hotel.

 

Reservations Vila Bled Hotel:

w:  Vila Bled

e: : recepcija-vb@brdo.si

t: +386 (0)4 575 3710

For BWF special offer please use the code BWF.
The code guarantees that in case of cancellation of the event, you will not have any costs in case of cancellation of the hotel reservation.

Photo by Aleš Mezek

Contact

Zavod BLEJSKI VODNI FESTIVAL
Grajska cesta 45
4260 Bled
Slovenia

e: info@bledwf.com
t: +386 (0)30 331 732

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