I’m not ashamed to say I love gin! Gin, gin, gin, gin let me try them all, all the gin. I have a gin collection I’m proud of, but no one can touch it, it’s all mine.
So when I was invited to the Gin Festival, held at Sheffield City Hall I couldn’t contain my excitement, especially as the last gin festival (the Sheffield one) hadn’t been the experience we thought it would be!
We headed down for the Friday evening session. Our welcome was warm and we were gifted Gin Festival copa glasses, a badge, tote bag, glass carrier, the gin explorer book (aka the bible) and a generous £20 worth of drinks vouchers!
On entering the stunning ballroom, I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. There were 4 main bars each playing host to a different variety of gin (UK gins, international and sloe and fruit gins). As well as this, there was a cocktail bar, vintage gin bar, a couple of food stalls and the gin shop (I’ll admit it now, with all restraint I didn’t make a purchase!).
How the Gin Festival works:
- Get your welcome pack
- Buy tokens
- Choose your gin from the gin guide
- Head to the bar
- Get your gin
- Head to the Fentiman’s bar for the recommended tonic
- Drink and enjoy!
Enjoyed we did! Without going into all the gins we tried including samples from Tinker, Brockmans, Black Tomato and PJ Gins, there were several favourites on our list. We tried to avoid the gins we knew and experiment with other types. Topping our list were Black Tomato, Purple Ram, Jaggi Premium – Sweet Blend as well as K-25 and Marula Pomegranate gin. Hard to believe but only a fraction of the 100 or so gins the festival has to offer! We did go with a few old favourites including Tinker and Brockmans though, mainly just to see which garnishes were used. Gotta love at good garnish with the gin and matching a fab tonic with it.
We had planned on going to one or two of the masterclasses, but we were so invested in trying different gins. Time escaped us – so sorry Tinker and Black Tomato peeps, we did find your informal chats wonderfully interesting!
On the whole the Gin Festival was fabulous, a great event full of wonderful spirits (people and drink!) and would I go again – YES! I’m already eyeing up events near me, so I can go and try more gin!
My Gin Festival Tips
- Get a few of you together and buy your tickets as soon as they are on sale.
- Take cash for buying tokens it’s quicker. Cards can be used at the gin shop
- Depending on times, there are lots of queues so make sure you allow time for these
- Try and make notes, you may want to buy a bottle at the end
- Finally, enjoy!
Thank you Gin Festival for inviting us along, it was a great night 🙂
Note: I was gifted tickets to the Gin Festival in receipt of a review, but all opinions/photos are my own.