Editors note: Please be advised Gin Festival Limited went into administration in July 2018, over a year after this blog post was published.
THIS BLOG POST IS INTENDED FOR AUDIENCES OF LEGAL DRINKING AGE ONLY. Last weekend I attended my first ever Gin Festival in York. Based in the York Barbican, the Gin Festival takes place over a weekend. I felt very lucky to have been given a bloggers pass and plus one to attend their York event – I ended up asking Mona to come along with me as I know how much she loves gin.
The best tip I can give you as a visitor to the Gin Festival is to get there early. The queues can be pretty long. The organisers host these festivals up and down the country, as they have grown so much in popularity. I love that they chose to bring it to York, us Yorkie’s do generally like gin.
Upon entering York Barbican, we were greeted with a goodie bag and handed a gin glass with this years branding on it. It was explained to us that we needed to keep the glass safe as that is what we would be drinking from for the rest of the evening.
Entering the main room, there was a huge sociable atmosphere. We had a browse around each of the different bars and stands, sussing out what we would like to try/do first. We had the opportunity to take some photos, so we both decided to call this one “gin eyes” hahaha.
The whole weekend isn’t just about the gin though. My absolute favourite part of the whole Gin Festival was the Cocktail Bar. On the menu was a choice of 6 different gin-based cocktails; redeemable using 2 tokens.
Throughout the course of the evening, taking place in another room was a Cocktail Masterclass, hosted by a variety of gin brands each with their own time slot. The final masterclass of the night was by Brockman’s, which stood out hugely compared to the other gins I’d tried throughout the evening. As a brand, they are well known for their intense but cheeky branding. This was my favourite gin I sampled during the evening.
Something else which really caught my attention was the Gin Explorer subscription box. They had their own stall at the Gin Festival, which has different themes and includes a selection of different 50ml gins to match the theme.
Overall, I was highly impressed with the festival in York as a whole. I don’t know what I expected? Perhaps a big bar and that’d be it? But I was really wowed by the whole evening, as was Mona.
If the Gin Festival is taking place near you, be sure to get a ticket as they can be snapped up pretty quickly in most cities. You can find out more details about their events over on GinFestival.com.
Upcoming Gin Festival Dates in 2017:
- Manchester: Friday 24th March – Sunday 2nd April
- Nottingham: Saturday 22nd April – Sunday 23rd April
- Bristol: Thursday 11th May – Saturday 13th May
- Newcastle: Friday 9th June – Saturday 10th June
- Leeds: Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July
- Sheffield: Friday 8th September – Sunday 10th September
- and many more!