2016, what a year! It’s been an amazingly exciting year for us here at Gin Festival, Marie and I couldn’t be more proud.
We’ve welcomed more than 80,000 people to Gin Festivals, used 7610 lemons, 8945 limes, 40.2 tonnes of ice, stayed in hotels for 3 months and spent 185 hours on the road.
Statistics aside, we’ve had the biggest year ever here. Our team has grown massively, and so has what we’re capable of. Bigger and better events, more gins, more distillers. We’ve moved into a fantastic new office, nestled in the Pennines, and now we have an even bigger, gin-dedicated warehouse to work from. It can be dizzying to see how far we’ve come but there’s so much more for us to do.
We’ve had some truly amazing festivals this last year, visited more towns and cities than ever before and been in some truly beautiful venues. We’ve held our [personal] record breaking, London events and visited old favourites. Our website has long been the biggest gin-specific online shop but it’s now even bigger and better.
It’s been such an exciting time that it’s hard to pull out specific highlights, that said, some things just stand out to us, like Gin Explorer joining the family back in March, making our own gin, and visiting The Lakes, Silent Pool, Nelson’s and Jensen’s distilleries.
Nothing compares to the sheer buzz of a festival, of talking gin and cocktails, dancing and chatting, and of course, drinking from a fine range of gins.
Thanks for all your support this last year, we can’t wait to see you at more events in 2017.
Jym and Marie
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