Last weekend I was invited to along to attend the Hull Gin festival at the Guild Hall. I was unsure when first asked as I'm not a huge lover of gin. However, after checking out their website and social media it looked like it could be really good fun, so I took a chance and went along.
I learnt two things on the day:
- It is never too early for a Gin
- I like Gin!
We arrived around 12:30 and were shown in by a member of the Gin festival team. They explained that we were to purchase tokens to spend at the bars, we could visit the brands to sample different gins and there would be masterclasses throughout the day. We were given special glasses that we were to use throughout the day and we could take home with us after the event. I thought that was a nice touch as then you have a souvenir from the day and you just keep the same glass with you for all your drinks.
We decided to go big on the first drink and have a cocktail! As me and my boyfriend aren't massively into gin we thought we would ease our way in. These cocktails were 2 tokens each (£10) which I think was a bit pricy but the cocktails tasted lovely. We then had a flick through the little gin book we were given and decided which gins we thought would be best for us as novices. We found the Sloe gin section where there were flavoured options. These were perfect for us as it didn't even taste like alcohol, more like juice. I had Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger to start with and Darren had one that was infused with Yorkshire Tea, they where both really nice.
I liked one I tried named Sloemotion which was sooo nice topped with Fever-Tree lemonade. I think I then tried a plain rhubarb one, which was nice, but I preferred the one with the hint of ginger.
We were given badges on arrival which meant we could leave the festival and come back in as we wanted. We decided to all pop over to the pub next door for a quick bite to eat and then go back over. The ability to do so broke up the day a little!
When we went back in we decided to attend a masterclass. Unfortunately, we weren't keen on the gin sample this time. I think this might appeal more to someone who is really big into gin. So we went back to the main hall and had another cocktail before our time was up.
Throughout the day there was a little photo booth that printed out photos of you for free which I thought was a great touch. They also had a magician who was actually really good. We were all quite stunned with his tricks to be honest.
There was plenty to see, do and learn about and we had a fantastic time. I was shocked that I enjoyed the gin so much and I would definitely look out for more of those sloe gins in the future. There were opportunities to buy your favourite gins and my friends who I went along with came home with 3 bottles!
I would like to say a huge thank you for the Gin festival for having us and we will certainly be back next time you tour to Hull.
Alex is a 23-year-old lifestyle and travel blogger from Hull. She has been writing reviews, hauls, tips and advice posts on her blog, Champagne and Lemonade for the past 4 years.
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