The Great British Gin Festival Returns With 2019 Tour.
Gin-lovers around the UK will be thrilled to hear of the return of The Great British Gin Festival in 2019.
The leading gin festival has just announced 20 tour dates at various locations up and down the country including revisits to Portsmouth, Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London, Winchester, Cardiff and Reading, and debut events in Colchester, Hartlepool, Ipswich, Kettering, Maidstone, Newcastle, Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
The tried and tested format of this festival features over 100 different international gins from household names and unusual flavours, to exclusive, small batch gins, with a gin glass and gin bible given on arrival to guide guests through their gin tasting experience. Available to purchase will be 25ml test tubes (perfect to share) or full bottles of favourite tipples. Entertainment includes talks and trade stands, cocktail demo’s, interactive games and a live band, creating a sophisticated festival vibe.
Guests should prepare to have their tastebuds tantalised, supping on a whole manner of gins with some including hints of Palma Violets, chocolate, elderflower, and even rhubarb and custard! The event also stocks a vast number of gin liqueurs which have boomed in popularity over the past year.
Brands featured at the upcoming dates include, Smeatons Gin, Mr Hobbs Gin, Poetic License, JJ Whitley, Liverpool Gin, Marylebone Gin, Old Tom’s Gin, the Whitley Neill family, Sir Robin of Locksley, plus many more.
At each event, festival goers can visit trade stands from the finest gin producers where samples are available to taste, hear talks about the history of gin, watch demonstrations of gin production, and be entertained by expert mixologists as they create eye-catching cocktail recipes complete with dry ice displays.
Guests can also take part in games alongside fellow gin-lovers as they attempt to drink gin in unusual ways! The backdrop to all events is the musical entertainment – a live swing band that gives a special festival vibe, performing everything from Amy Winehouse to Frank Sinatra.
Bars at The Great British Gin Festival operate a ‘no cash’ system: simply buy a drinks card on entry, where £5 buys a single measure of gin, garnish and a mixer. Cash and card payments are accepted at the drinks card stand.
The return of The Great British Gin Festival Tour in 2019 is testament the nation’s continued obsession with gin – which shows no sign of slowing down – and the expert team behind it, who create a must-visit experience that keeps guest coming back, year-on-year. It was the festival of choice for BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ as the programme explored the mammoth rise in gin consumption across the UK, visiting The Great British Gin Festival in Nottingham – just one of 28 dates that took place in 2018.
The history of gin is a remarkable one, from its huge popularity in the 17th and early 18th century when it’s estimated that 1 in 4 private houses were distilling and selling gin. ‘Drunkenness of the common people’ became such a problem that new laws were introduced, leading to the Gin Riots of the 1730’s. New laws made gin distilling a more respectable trade, but by the 1830’s the rise of ‘Gin Palaces’ where the poor came to drink in salubrious surroundings (there were 5,000 of these in London by 1850), led to the conclusion that gin was a societal problem, leading to further reforms. In 2009, Sipsmiths overturned old tax laws, obtaining a licence for people to make smaller, craft batch quantities, resulting in the recent boom of craft batch gin production and therefore, a nation obsessed by a new found gin consumption.
The announced dates for 2019 so far include:
Colchester 2 Feb – Charter Hall,
Hartlepool 9 Feb – Borough Hall,
Winchester 23 Feb – Guildhall,
Portsmouth 9 Mar – Pyramids,
Ipswich 23 Mar – Corn Exchange,
Kettering 29 & 30 Mar – Wicksteed Park,
Bristol 12 & 13 Apr – Passenger Shed,
Edinburgh 20 Apr – Assembly Rooms,
Birmingham 17 & 18 May – The Mill,
Isle Of Wight 25 May – Cowes Yacht Haven,
Maidstone 7 & 8 Jun – Kent Event Centre,
Newcastle 22 Jun – Civic Centre,
London 29 Jun – The Grand,
Reading 6 Jul – Town Hall, a
Jersey 27 Jul – Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society.
More dates to be announced!
Tickets for The Great British Gin Festival start at £13.50 (plus booking fee), which includes entry and branded gin glass. For £28 (plus booking fee), upgrade packages are available which on top of entry and branded gin glass, also gives ticket holders limited edition festival merchandise – mug, t-shirt and hessian bag.