Bournemouth Gin Festival | By Harrison

UPDATE (17/08/2018): The organisers of The Gin Festival have since gone into Administration. If you’re looking to find yourself the perfect food or drink festival, then check out Eatdrinkseek. A website created to help you find a food or drink festival near you!

If you’re a lover of gin and you’re stuck for something to do one weekend, then check out when The Gin Festival is coming to town and make sure you buy a ticket. Touring the whole country, The Gin Festival is a great way for gin connoisseurs to get their fix of some of the best gin around. Even if you’re not a big gin lover, head there anyway and I’m sure you’ll be surprised.

This week I was invited down to Bournemouth Gin Festival to see what it’s all about, review the event and taste some of their incredible gins. What’s even better is, it landed on the Bank Holiday weekend. The perfect way to spend a Saturday morning if you ask me.

In scorching heat, we were welcomed to the event with a ‘Blogger tote bag’ (yep, that made me feel fancy) a gin glass and a token to exchange for drinks. Heading into the event we were in gin heaven. It was now time to make our way round, sampling some of their finest G&T’s.

Unluckily for me, I was the designated driver for the afternoon. However, I did take the biggest gin fan I know, my sister-in-law Jodie. She was more than happy to sample what I wasn’t able to. Luckily for her, the very first drink we tried was her absolute favourite. Not only is Jodie the biggest gin lover, she’s also the biggest chocolate lover… so put the two together and you’re onto a winner.

A dark chocolate gin, paired with orange juice. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, we were thinking it too. But actually it works. It was literally a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, in a glass. The perfect G&T… G&O?

This was the culprit. 

We grabbed our drinks and head in the direction of anywhere that looked to be selling soft drinks. Yes, I went to a Gin Festival and looked to get a soft drink. Well, when you’re the sensible designated driver that I am, on a boiling hot summers day, a soft drink would’ve been most welcomed. To my disappointment, the words from the barman were “I doubt you’d get a soft drink in here.. other than tonic water“. Yeah, he was right. Not one place sold a typical soft drink. I had to go up to one of the gin bars and buy one of their mixers of fizzy apple to quench my thirst.

You know I always keep things 100% real with you guys. So yes, although it was a great event and a lovely festival, I do feel they could’ve catered to the non-drinkers a little better…

After finding some drinks, we took a seat and began our gossip session. We sat there for ages just chatting about life, our move to New Zealand (yes, my brother & sister-in-law are also moving to NZ), soaked up the atmosphere and listened to the live band. Really, it was the perfect way to spend our Saturday and a great way to see in the Bank Holiday weekend.

This was the first time I’ve had a little ‘pinch me’ moment when it comes to blogging. I’ve attended quite a few events now and have always just gone along with the flow. But here at The Gin Festival was the first time I’ve had that pinch me moment… and it was for the silliest thing. The bloggers that were invited to the event received a tote bag filled with a few goodies. The bag itself had a tag on it saying ‘blogger’ and a lanyard inside with ‘blogger’ written all over it. It was at this moment I thought ‘wow, I’m being recognised as a blogger‘. It’s so cool that this hobby of mine is opening up so many doors and so many experiences. Yeah, definitely a highlight for me.

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Like I said at the start, if The Gin Festival comes to a town near you, make sure you go. It’s pretty pricey so be prepared to dig deep in those pockets of yours but just know in return, you’ll come away with some outstanding gin.

I’ve not been paid to write this post, however I was invited to the festival for free in exchange for todays blog post. As always, all views are my own. 

| Harrison |

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