Last weekend, I headed over to York with my friend Jorden to go to The Gin Festival at the Barbican. I wouldn’t call either of us Gin enthusiasts, I’ll have a G&T every now and then but that’s it. I was really interested to see what The Gin Festival was all about, especially as I’d seen a lot of hyper across social media from previous events
We arrived at the venue around 45 minutes after the doors opened. It was a sold out event so we managed to beat the crowds. On arrivals, we were handed a Gin Guide and Gin Festival glass which was ours to keep. I thought it was a really nice touch. The guide was so helpful as there were over 100 gins on offer including cocktails! Drinks could be bought with tokens which were £5 per token. A G&T cost one token and a cocktail cost two.
We both decided to go for a classic G&T to begin with. The gins were spread across four different bars, the guide told us what was where and which tonic and garnish was best. The girl working there was so much help, it was quite easy to get very overwhelmed with all the choices but as we were after something a little fruity she pointed us in the right direction. Jorden went for a Brockmans Gin which is a sweet dry gin with grapefruit and blueberries for garnish. I went for the Pinkster Gin which I had previously sampled at Jemma’s Girl Gang Event in Manchester. This gin is infused with berries and is also gluten-free!
Throughout the afternoon there were music on-stage and masterclasses going on. Food and snacks were also been sold on different stands. The Cocktail bar was calling my name, there was six drinks on offer all based around, gin. I went for the Florida Sling featuring Jensen’s Old Tom Gin, Pineapple Juice and Cherry Liquor.
The Gin Festival takes places in various locations throughout the UK, you can find some more information on tickets here. Some of the upcoming festivals include;
Manchester, Victoria Baths: 24th March – 2nd April 2017
Nottingham, Conference Centre: 22nd April – 23rd April 2017
Bournemouth, Pavillion Ballroom: 5th May – 7th May 2017
Bristol, The Station: 11th May – 13th May 2017
Leeds, Town Hall: 30th June – 2nd July 2017
Oxford, Town Hall: 21st July – 23rd July 2017
London, Tobacco Dock: 25th August – 27th August 2017
A big thank you to the team for inviting Jorden and I along, We had a fabulous time at The Gin Festival. It was a really unique afternoon and I would definitely go again – I’m eyeing up the Leeds date. It was a great way to discover and try different gins.
Have you been to a festival like this? Are you a fan of gin?
*I was invited to The Gin Festival and provided with passes and tokens for drinks in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.