Sunday, 26 February 2017

EVENT | York's Gin Festival

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It's finally time to properly introduce you to another great love of mine. I don't quite know when it crept up on me, but gin has become such a big part of my life. It could have something to do with my parents being full supporters of the G&T lifestyle for as long as I can remember. Or the fact it's such a tasty spirit, which just ticks all the boxes for me. 

Being such a big fan of gin has meant The Gin Festival has been well on my radar since it's popularity has been rapidly rising. The lovely organisers at the York event invited me along to sample some of their huge collection of fabulous gins. With the more-than-willing assistance of two friends of mine, I attend the Friday evening session at The Barbican


Within the cost of a ticket you get your own Gin festival balloon glass to keep and for all the G&Ts you buy on the night. Each gin has it's own recommended Fevertree Tonic which were self-service, so if you fancy yourself as a gin connoisseur you can change it up and try another mixer than the one recommended.

Between us we tried: 5th - Fire, Ampersand, Black Tomato Gin, Braeckman's Vanille Jenever, Brockmans, Electric Spirit Co. Lux, Elephant Gin, Masons, Masons Tea Gin, Poetic License Northern Dry, Poetic License Old Tom, Siderit Hibiscus, Slingsby Rhubarb, Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin, and Tinker.

Phew. It may seem a lot but considering they had over 100 gins, we barely scratched the surface. A particular favourite of mine would have to be the Tinker Gin, a start up based in Leeds but inspired by the Spain's Catalonian city of Barcelona. It's got something extra to it that really sets it apart from the classic gin. The best thing was that every bartender knew so much about every gin on sale, what it's tasting notes are, the best mixer pairing, others similar - the lot. 


Along with all the gin, the Tuck Shop was open for business with olives, pork scratchings and popcorn on offer. Not only the nibbles but there was a full BBQ which smelt and looked beyond amazing. The perfect extras to compliment your G&T.

If you're a gin fan, on the fence or even it's not your favourite, The Gin Festival is definitely definitely one to check out. Unfortunately for any York residents, the events are finished here now but there still are events coming up in: Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, among many more. Plus I'm sure it'll be back for many years to come. 




ellie x




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