Once inside, we collected our tickets along with some complementary tokens to try our gins of choice. If you've never been to a Gin Festival, it's a pretty great way to try out new brands and some unique flavours. We were given a booklet of all the gin available and which bar they were stocked at. The main hall consisted of four bars, each with different types and styles of gin. Every gin was labelled up with the garnish and which tonic matched best with the flavours. We tried one from each bar obviously!
Next door to the main hall was the brands room, where we got lots of free tasters and learnt all about the new gins on the market. It was a really cool way to try some of the drinks on offer before committing to an entire glass. I particularly took to the Parma Violet gin from Zymurgorium, and of course had to have a full glass from the bar. I also tried an incredible coconut flavoured gin from a brand called Hoxton, that would just be perfect for sipping by the pool on holiday.The other side of the main bar area, was food and entertainment. There were live bands on all afternoon, which created the perfect atmosphere for sipping drinks and catching up with friends.
The festival is running up and down the country over the next few months and unfortunately has finished in Manchester for this year. Tickets are allocated to time slots, meaning the event doesn't get unbearably busy and you have the perfect amount of gin-drinking time! So check out the https://www.ginfestival.com/ for dates for upcoming events near you.
I will certainly be attending again next year, it was such a fab afternoon, especially if you like a good G&T!
*I received complimentary tickets for this event, though all my opinions are my own.