This post has been a long time coming, and I’ve postponed writing this on a number of occasions as I visited right in the middle of my most important deadlines at university. The Gin and Rum Festival has toured the UK this year, on a mission to show the public a variety of different gins and rums, all under one roof. Back on the 17th May, the Gin and Rum Festival came to Leeds, and I was asked if I would like to go along for the day*. Of course, I wasn’t going to say no, when my two favourite drinks are rum and gin.
I think it’s interesting to know that the idea for the Gin and Rum festival originated when a group of friends, noticed on a night out that there was not enough selection of British Gins and Rums. It gave UK distillers the perfect opportunity to showcase their products, to generate awareness alongside international brands at the festival.
What to Expect from the Gin and Rum Festival…
The festival was held at Leeds Town Hall. We arrived at around 1pm and entry was super fast so there was no waiting around. Upon entry, you get your own free Gin and Rum Festival satchel, with a guide/gin and rum ‘bible’ and Copa glass inside. My mum has now claimed this glass for herself, so I haven’t seen it since!
Within the venue, there are around 7 themed bars, as well as branded stalls around the venue. The team at the Gin and Rum Festival are highly skilled. They are there to educate you and guide you through many different blends, tastes, and origins that the spirits come from. There are talks and masterclasses throughout the day from many different gin and rum producers. We popped into a few, including one by Schweppes talking about the different mixers and combinations to try. Another great masterclass we went to watch, was one by a brand called ‘Rascal’. It was great to hear his story and the pride he took in his product.
There is also live entertainment in the form of a two-man band. They sang many well-known songs throughout the day, creating a fun, lively atmosphere.
You purchase drink cards from the front desk, which you then use to buy your drinks at the different themed bars. The vouchers are £5 each, which I personally thought was a little pricey per drink. But nevertheless, the drinks were so good. I opted for a ‘Shelly’s Raspberry Ripple’ gin for my first drink, and a ‘Soul Passion’ rum for my second. The ‘Soul Passion’ rum is a mix of classic rum liqueur flavours with Mango, Pineapple and Passion Fruit. Both drinks were just too good.
All in all the Gin and Rum Festival is a day out not to be missed. I loved the opportunity to try so many new and unique gins and rums, alongside educating yourself and listening to the great entertainment too.
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*(#AD-Gifted Event) This is not paid adversarial or sponsored – all opinions are honest and my own. However, I was very kindly invited to attend the Gin and Rum Festival, in return for a post about the afternoon/evening. They had no say in what I was to post about the event. All drinks bought were done so with my own money – only entry was gifted.