A huge gin festival is happening this weekend in Manchester, read more to find out why you need to visit.
From September 13-14, The Gin Fever Festival is coming to Manchester, quenching the thirst of thousands of gin lovers.
Gin’s popularity has majorly increased in recent years, with small-batch gin distilleries popping up around the country, creating strange and amazing gin concoctions.
Head over to Mayfield Depot to try some of the best gins around, learn how to make them yourself to impress the mates and also listen to some great live music from Begin the Party, who can also be seen at 20 Stories and BBC Live Lounge.
Mayfield Depot has held many events recently, from MIF to Manchester Pride Live and of course, the upcoming Warehouse Project.
With a selection of over 120 gins at the bar, ranging from London drys to Old Toms, there will be plenty of weird and wonderful gin variations to choose from, which obviously are from some of the best distillers around the UK.
If you find one particular gin extremely delightful, there will also be 12 gin masterclasses throughout the weekends where you could perhaps learn to make it. These masterclasses mean you’ll be getting the top tips and tricks of the trade. Sadly, it’s on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you want to be impressing your mates with this new skill, you better get to the front of the queue!
Throughout the weekend, a gin sampling station will be open which will hold 10 gin distillers. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to swill your glass around and act like a gin connoisseur!
One of the local gin distillers, Manchester Gin, has created a new mixture that has a hint of nostalgia, Hacienda Gin. This gin has been created to celebrate Manchester’s music history, described as a fresh and lively gin, it really does hold up to the city’s musical legacy.
If you can’t make it to the festival, click here to order the gin and make your own judgment from the comfort of your home.
It would also be impossible not to mention the gin pop-up shop, which will be on-site so you can make sure to purchase some of your festival favourites and exclusives.
After all this gin, it’s probably a wise decision to soak up all that alcohol with some good grub. Thankfully, the festival has you covered. You’ll be able to check out some of the best food traders around, from Vaso Kitchen to What’s Your Beef and Jade Rabbit.
Entry to the gin festival costs only £10, this includes a free G&T of your choice, a Gin Fever gin goblet and a Roister metal reusable straw – making the perfect souvenirs to take home. Each visitor will be gifted with a 10 per cent discount on any future purchases, that way you can enjoy your favourite drink away from the festival.
If you don’t actually like gin but are just tagging along with the mates, then despair no longer. There will be a cocktail and alternative bar on site which will serve craft beers, wine, prosecco, and ciders too.
If making it to the festival is not an option for you, why don’t you try B&M’s latest gin, flavoured like a pornstar martini?