We were lucky enough to be invited to another fantastic event this weekend, and this time it would be the 3rd annual Gin Festival at Tobacco Dock. We would be in the company of a plethora of brands, over 100 different gins, cocktails and masterclasses from industry experts.
Having press passes, we managed to skip the lengthy queues outside and got greeted by Laura, who we’d communicated so much with over email. She gave us our information packs, and as did everyone else, get our own glass which we would use throughout the night, and get to take home at the end.
The area it was held in was much bigger than we’d anticipated. Not only were gin stalls, but also a bar, separate cocktail bar, masterclass area, a selfie booth, street food area and live bands playing throughout the evening.
Our first stop was to the brands room, getting free samples from Brockman’s, Tinker and Spirit of Harrogate. All were so different and in all honesty, much more pleasant than some dry gins we’ve had in the past.
Included in our passes were 4 drink tokens, which could be used in either bar. After particularly enjoying the Brockman’s gin in the brands area, Jessica mixed this with some Indian tonic and I chose some Puerto de India’s strawberry gin with Mediterranean tonic.
To take a break from all things gin, we dropped by the food stalls downstairs and bagged some Spanish meatball stew and a falafel wrap – both delicious! By this time, the photo booth had opened which we’d been patiently waiting for ever since we arrived. You’ll have to see the outcome in a few days once the photos have been uploaded to Facebook!
The fun didn’t stop there as we made it our quest to attend at least one of the brand masterclasses, and ended up choosing Poetic License. We were told the full story of how 4 guys from Sunderland went from testing out gins in their home kitchen, to opening their distillery. Within a year of opening they sold 26,000 bottles and things are only looking further and further up for them.
To end the night, we used our remaining 2 drink tokens in the cocktail bar, opting for the Florida Sling. Overall it was a fantastic evening and it far surpassed our expectations in terms of how much would be there and how popular the event would be. From London, the festival will be taking place in a number of UK towns and cities between now and July.
You can read more about the festival on their website…
… and if you like gin in the slightest, you are sure to love this event. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a relaxing Saturday evening!
Disclaimer: we were given two free press passes and four drink tokens, in exchange for a review of the event. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.