Wednesday, 3 August 2016

GIN FESTIVAL: LIVERPOOL


I was fortunate enough to be invited down to this year's Gin Festival in Liverpool. There are multiple events held all over the country, but when I found out that the Liverpool festival proved to be so popular that an extra date had to be added to the schedule, I knew I was in for a treat! Not to mention the small fact that I am OBSESSED with gin!


When we arrived (I brought my fellow gin-lover Liv along too) we were greeted with a special Gin Festival glass (or goblet!) that we were to use for all of our drinks throughout the day. We also got a booklet featuring allllllll the gins that were available (over 100!) and some drink tokens. Obviously our first port of call was to stock up on MORE drink tokens- they were £5 each- and make our way to the stands!


The venue itself was beautiful- it was in Lutyen's Crypt behind the Metropolitan Cathedral. The main room was absolutely PACKED with gin, stalls, food and other fun interactive things to do! The gin displays were separated into four blocks, but we wandered over and described what we fancied and the server suggested something tasty. I started with Hoxton Gin, which had amaaazing distinctive coconut and grapefruit flavours. It was served with ginger ale and lemon. SO GOOD. We took our drinks and wandered over to the exhibitors and *may* have sampled a few tasters- neat. The ambassadors were so informative and passionate- which is something I really enjoy about exhibitions and events, when you can tell someone really loves their brand. We made our way around each exhibitor- I wasn't even phased by the fact it was barely mid day, I wanted to try E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!



So of course with any day drinking session, you need something to fuel you through the day! Antipasti is one of my favourite things EVER- so you can imagine my face when I saw the Spanish street food on offer from Alimento! I had one of each skewer pictured- for review purposes, obviously...


Possibly the highlight of my day- making my own cocktail with the guys at Brockman's! I was muddling, peeling, shaking, pouring, and voila! My very own Bramble! The incredible thing about Brockman's is that you can really taste the blueberries and blackberries, it has a really juicy, jammy flavour. I would never usually drink gin on the rocks, but I will definitely be ordering one of these next time I'm out schmoozing. The brand itself is exciting too- think unique, daring and a little bit naughty. We attended a masterclass later on in the afternoon which was held by Mike, one of the brand ambassadors. He gave us more of an insight into the brand. It was really interesting to hear how the concept came about, just a group of bartenders and friends with a passion for gin, setting themselves the challenge of coming up with a completely original gin- and Brockman's was born!

Bramble made by Yours Truly
Hoxton Gin, accessorised with a subtle garnish of manchego cheese and roasted red pepper
Sikkim Fraise
Tarquin's Gin (again, a small garnish to accompany)
La Vita E'Bella

I was kindly gifted these tickets, but I would have happily paid full price and will definitely be attending next year. It's interesting to be learning more about my favourite spirit other than what I like to drink and what I don't- which is hardly anything. Apart from perhaps when I was reduced to Tesco Basics Gin in my first two years at uni.

See here for the upcoming events!

1 comment:

  1. This looks like so much fun, I love Liverpool so much it's the best place to party in the north for me. A whole festival dedicated to gin is like the dream. Great pictures! xxx

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