Where to start... The Gin Festival might be my favourite festival of the year in Edinburgh. This was my 2nd time attending the Gin Festival, and this year they definitely rammed it up a notch. The whole event was so organised, down to every minor detail even including a little pouch, to carry your gin glass in. This year, they were also trialling a new cashless payment which was so clever. Basically, all you needed to do was either go online to top up your band or go to the top-up stand where you could put money onto your band to pay for your gins using your 'contactless' wristband, simples.
On arrival we were handed your very own Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass and a brochure that tells you all about the gins at the Festival. As Edinburgh is already home to many fine gin distilleries, so to celebrate that the festival added an extra special 5th bar, dedicated exclusively to Scottish Gins. The bars are separated into different types of gin, including fruity, Scottish and International. The bars are simply ordered by letter, A, B, C, D and E, and there are over 100 different gins from all over the world including exclusive gins. Each single measure of gin, comes with a garnish and a Fever-Tree tonic mixer and costs £5, however you can get a Gin cocktail for £10 (so two tokens).
This year they had two food stands, including the Striped Pig and the Paisley Chilli, I couldn't decide but I finally decided on the nachos as I saw someone else with them and needed them. The portion of nachos was £4, which I think is pretty reasonable. The cheese sauce was incredible, and the dips especially the guac was top notch. The Striped Pig, even had food matched with Gin, including pork, beef, turkey, sausage, crackling and a veggie option, looking back I wish I had tried something from their stand!
There was also live music all night, which was great and everyone I heard was very talented and played lots of well known music from every decade! There was also gin masterclasses taking place throughout the night but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend any as they fill up fast, understandably!
I would highly recommend the Gin Festival if it is coming to a city near you! Thank you to the Gin Festival for inviting me along aswell!
To see where the Gin Festival is heading next, go to... https://www.ginfestival.com/events