Celebrating All Things Gin At London’s Gin Festival

Gin Festival 1

Last weekend saw the Gin Festival hit up London’s Tobacco Docks for three days of gin infused fun which saw a sold out crowd of people descend on South East London to do what us Brit’s do best; enjoy some alcohol.

Over the past few years’ Gin has had a massive boost in popularity with new distilleries popping up everywhere – including a number a few in London, heck there’s even the Gin Hotel in London. The idea before an alcohol based festival is great as it allows people to trial and taste gins’ which they may never have heard of, or may never have access to as some gin’s at the event are exclusives or brand new.

Gin Festival 3

Once you’ve queued to get into the building you have to queue once again to receive your initial items including a branded gin glass which is yours for the event and a booklet on all of the gin’s on offer during the day. Fortunately, we were able to bypass the queue inside but if I went again I’d definitely turn up about 45 minutes- 1 hour after doors to avoid queuing.

The first thing which struck me when we entered was the wide array of people, initially I thought gin, due to its popularity and slightly hipster image would only attracted younger drinkers, but no there was such a variety of people and everyone seemed in high spirits *pun intended*. There were a number of rooms and areas where brands had set up stalls ready to showcase their brands of gin. One of my favourite things about the spirit is how diverse it can be, for example, you can get a really citrusy tasting gin and then a really dry, course gin. Taste wise they’re so different yet they’re both the same spirit due to the essential botanicals included within it.

Tinker gin

The rooms did get understandably busy (especially at the beginning of the day) as the brands were explaining about what makes their gin unique and most were giving out free samples. The first gin that we tasted on the day – which also turned out to my other halves first EVER gin – was Tinker, a brand new Spanish-inspired gin which was only on batch number one. Regardless of what else we tried over the afternoon this still has to be my favourite and I am kind of gutted that I didn’t pick up a bottle of this as it had such a fresh citrus taste which wasn’t too sour or overpowering.

Gin Festival 5

I’m not a huge fan of dry gins’ but I know my dad is so I tried a few in the hopes I could find an unusual new gin to bring him home. As well as the stands there are four bars’ each with a different type of gin including United Kingdom gin’s, International gin’s and liquors and other flavoured gin’s. Each bar was laid out fantastically with the bottles hanging behind and bottles upon bottles of Fever Tree tonic to enjoy alongside it. With the booklets provided, we were able to pick out what gin’s we wanted to try beforehand so we just went and ordered them complete with their recommended garnish. To purchase a gin with a tonic was £5 which for an event like this is really reasonable, and to speed up the time at the bars’ you purchased tokens at the entrance so you could just walk up to the bar and have your token crossed off.

The Festival has only been running for a few years’ but has already expanded throughout locations all across the UK and is the original, biggest and best gin festival around. Check out the rest of the dates here.

Have you ever attended a food or drink festival?

*Tickets and drinks tokens were provided to me by the Gin Festival but all thoughts and opinions are my own

February 22, 2017
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31 Comments

  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    This does look really fun. I’ve never been to a gin festival x

    February 23, 2017 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Emma Oxley

    I wish I’d known this was on – I’m in London and would have loved to have gone. We’re big gin fans in our house and I love that it’s having a revival at the moment!

    February 23, 2017 at 10:27 am
  • Reply lisa prince

    oh wow what a lovely experience and unique too x

    February 23, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    This looks like a really great experience, gin seems to be everywhere right now!

    February 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    What a great experience. I love Gin so im not sure how I missed this x

    February 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Gin certainly does seem to be enjoying a huge popularity right now, with everything from festivals and craft brands to subscription boxes. I’m glad you had a good time x

    February 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I am seeing so many fab gin posts recently! I really want to be a gin-lover but it’s just not for me! all my friends love it. Looks like a fab experience! x

    February 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    What a lovely event for gin lovers I’m not a fan of the stuff myself but my husband does. I see gin mentioned alot atm

    February 23, 2017 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    Seen more gin things out there for christmas, bars, cocktails etc. I’m not a big fan of gin if i’m honest. I don’t mind it in cocktails mixed with other things though! I would love to go to a food/ drink festival. Maybe a vodka or wine festival?! haha x

    February 23, 2017 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    Oooh this has got me so excited as I’m going to the Gin Festival in York. It looks like such a great event!

    February 24, 2017 at 1:24 am
  • Reply Laura

    Gin definitely seems to be the drink of the moment right now. It isn’t to my taste but all of my friends absolutely LOVE it!! xxx

    February 24, 2017 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I love going to food and drink festivals. Not been to a gin one before but it looks like you had a fab time x

    February 24, 2017 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Anosa

    Never tried attending any Gin festival yet and i.m so looking forward

    February 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Nazma

    WOW SUCH AN AMAZING FESTIVAL.. WOULD LOVE TO ATTEND

    February 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    Yes, I love foodie festivals you can discover so many great foods and drinks at them.This one sounds like it must have been great fun.

    February 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Emily Leary, A Mummy Too

    I love trying different types of the same drink/food at these types of
    festivals, it really lets you explore the differences while everything is
    fresh in your memory.

    February 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    Sounds like an amazing festival, gin is one of my favourite drinks

    February 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Steph

    This looks right up my street! I love gin and we’ve started a gin friday club at work!!! I was going to go to the manchester gin festival but I didn’t get tickets and now i’m busy that weekend!

    February 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply The London Mum

    Now that sounds like my kind of festival!

    February 25, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    Oh my gosh!! How did I miss this?!? I am a big Gin lover and this would have been right up my street. I hope they do it again xx

    February 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Lilinha Espindula

    I’ve been to Taste, which is a food and drinks festival that happens in the summer.

    February 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Ali Rost

    I’m not a huge drinker .. but my husband loves gin. Forwarding your post along to him .. I know it will make him smile

    February 26, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    Gins a big treat in this household as we’re not big drinkers in this household x we prefer the drier varieties. Sounds like a busy event!

    February 26, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I would love to go to a gin festival and it is such a shame that you didn’t pick up the fresh citrusy gin you wanted as it sounds lush x

    February 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Sarah | LavenderLife

    I love gin, would love to go to a festival like this sometime!

    February 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    I have never been to a gin festival before. Would love to experience it.

    February 27, 2017 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Sarah Louise

    IV never been to and kind of festival before but I’d love to go to one. Sounds like a great festival though!

    February 27, 2017 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Charlotte

    I always thought that I didn’t like gin but I now think it’s the tonic that I dislike. Need to try some different mixer and flavours.

    February 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    looks a fun event and I would love to attend in an event like this, I haven’t try to attend gin festival and I bet this would be a great experience.

    February 28, 2017 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Chloe Griffiths

    I keep seeing about all these gin festivals I really want to go! This one looked good 🙂 xo

    February 28, 2017 at 10:41 am
  • Reply GlamourGlitterGloss

    I’m not a big fan of gin but I did have a sloe gin and prosecco cocktail at Christmas and it was really good. The last drinks festival I attended was Three Wine Men and I just went off in search of all the prosecco

    February 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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