At the end of August on the bank holiday weekend I set off with two of my best girlfriends with one thing and two words in mind. GIN FESTIVAL. We had such a great time so I thought you’d like to see what we got up to in a Gin Festival Review.
This particular event was set in Birmingham in an industrial estate at a venue called The Bond. The Gin Festival rocks up all over the country so look out for one near you.
The cool yet funky vibe made it a fun day out for me and my friends Corrie and Lynne. We all hail from various parts of the country, in Somerset, Manchester and Cheltenham so this was the event we chose to go to. We all though it was worth the travel and was a good compromise, we enjoyed the train journey and it was a great setting for us to catch up properly while trying something new and different.
We all love gin and our favourite of the day was the Rhubarb and Ginger cocktail made with Edinburgh Gin liqueur.
We enjoyed chatting to the makers and shakers of the gin world too and the lovely people who run the Gin Festival who are all mad about gin. My favourite samples included Whitley Neill and Fever Tree Tonics. We enjoyed chatting to Johnny from Whitley Neill who explained the african influence on his gin making. All of the producers were happy to chat and it was so interesting, they all had something that made them unique.
The only downside to the day was that there weren’t enough seats to go around, we ended up sat on the ground which wasn’t ideal. Luckily we’re the kind of people that just get on with it and have fun whatever.
There was live music, street food and a huge choice of gins with a really simple to use token system. You get handed a Gin Library book and pen so you can choose what you want to try, you can add as much Fever Tree Tonic in whatever flavour you like. Although I put too much tonic in one of my drinks and believe me drowning your gin does not make a great Gin and Tonic ‘How Not to Make a G&T’.
Last orders please!
I thoroughly recommend going to a Gin Festival if you enjoy gin and trying something different from the norm, its a fun way to spend the day and we learnt a lot. We also came away with new gins in our gin library!