GIN FEVER! Tickets on sale for Gin Festival Manchester this September
I’ve been drinking gin LONG before it was ‘the in thing’…
Two decades of G&T drinking mean I consider myself quite the connoisseur. Imagine my delight to be invited to the Gin Fever festival in Sheffield, hosted by online gin sellers Roister.
I happily crossed the county border to attend this event as Vicky, our Girl About Sheffield was on holiday.
Despite my long held love, I’d never been to a gin festival before and didn’t really know what to expect other than being excited to try plenty of the stuff!
The venue was the iconic Kelham Island Museum situated right in the heart of hipster Kelham Island. We attended the Saturday evening session, on a balmy summer night.
Although a confirmed gin lover I’d never really got into the swing of flavoured gins. I love the sound of them but had always been disappointed in the past. The sampling hall offered an excellent chance to try a dazzling range of different types and flavours of gins – at no extra cost! And lo and behold, I’m quite partial to flavoured gin when they’re paired with the right mixer. I was pleased to see a good range of local and artisan brands as well as the big names. It was a good opportunity to chat to distillers to learn about (and try!) flavours that I perhaps would never have considered.
The main bar was stocked with 100+ gins ranging from London Dry’s to Old Toms and the weird and wonderful gins from some of the best distillers in the UK. Our favourites were an Alfred Button lemon sherbet and a Boe violet. There was a separate cocktail bar situated in the courtyard near the live music stage.
Included in the ticket price is a Gin Fever branded gin goblet, two drinks tokens, a programme guide and access to all the masterclasses. Your two tokens will get you a single gin and mixer. Further tokens are £3 each although you could buy discounted tokens on entry.
Each session of the gin festival showcased three different masterclasses, hosted by gin distillers, producers or industry experts.
One gripe is that the entry could have been much better organised. The queue took forever due to just one member of staff checking tickets on an iPhone and then further hold ups caused by an inefficient system of distributing the free goblets and drinks tokens and people buying extra tokens. Sadly because the queue took so long we missed the first masterclass.
If you can face the queue (otherwise plan to arrive super early or fashionably late) this is a fun night out. I enjoyed doing something different and left feeling I’d learnt a few things.
The next Gin Fever event is in Manchester 13th – 15th September.
To find out more visit: https://roister.co.uk/events/
This is a Girl About review. I was offered free tickets in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.
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