Last month I attended my first ever Gin Festival in Guildford. This festival takes place in loads of places across the UK such as London, Leeds and Manchester. It’s an afternoon or evening of drinking loads of gin, enjoying music and gin masterclasses. If you get hungry they have some great street food options to tuck into.
On arrival you receive a lovely gin glass which is yours to take home with you. A gin explorer booklet which has all the gins on offer and whether it is at bar A, B,C or D. It also recommends which tonic to add to it, they had a bar in the middle where you could top up with different flavours of Fever Tree tonics.
You also have the opportunity to sample some gins at the stalls. The festival has a cashless system where you go up to the top up station scan your wristband and top up your wristband. It costs £5 for one gin and tonic or £10 for a cocktail.
My favourite drink was the Pinkster gin which was garnished with mint and raspberry this had a soft fruity flavour. My boyfriend Sam went for the Tinker gin flavoured with botanical such as elderberries and garnished with pears, this was fruity with a smooth aftertaste. I also tried a Fuddled Daisy Cocktail served with prosecco and lemon. Sam had the Boe Violet gin with floral notes of lavender and berries, this reminded me of the parma violet sweets.
The festival had a free photo booth so you could take home a Polaroid of you and your friends to remember the day. It’s also possible to buy a bottle of the gins you enjoyed. The Gin Festival was a really fun event with a buzzing atmosphere. The gin festivals can sell out quite fast so if your a gin fan I’d definitely recommend getting tickets.