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This weekend saw the Gin Festival Leeds take over Leeds Town Hall. I am a huge gin fan so this is a perfect event for me and I had to invite my mum along. The Gin Festival tours the UK and has top craft gins, food and music.
What to do at the Gin Festival Leeds
The Gin Festival Leeds stop takes over 2 floors of Leeds Town Hall along with the outside area, and I presume the other dates are similar.
The first floor has four huge bars with around 100 different gins to choose from. Everything from the big brands to lesser known craft brands. There are British gins, International gins and flavoured gins. You can get a Schweppes 1783 tonic from the bar or visit the Schweppes stand for a premium mixed. There is also a cocktail bar serving gin cocktails. If you find a new gin you love you can buy a bottle from the gin shop on this floor.
The second floor has companies and distillers, where you can get samples and ask all your gin questions.
Outside the venue are food trucks, musicians and a tent to sit under.
What we did at the Gin Festival Leeds
Our first stop at the Gin Festival Leeds is to see the companies. At the Leeds stop there is a good selection of different gins to sample.
Our first is Lonewolf gin, a citrus gin. It is 44% and does taste very strong.
Next we have Harewood gin, a London dry gin. It tastes great and I love that it is made so locally to me.
Our next stand to sample is City of London gin. Their first gin to try is the City of London Dry gin, a citrus tasting gin. Next their Christopher Wren gin, a liquorice gin. You can try their Old Tom gin, a spicy gin and my favourite of theirs. And they also have with them their Square Mile gin, their strongest gin at 47.3%. The Square Mile was my mums favourite of theirs.
The last stand we visited was Slingsby, they have their Artisan and Rhubarb gin to sample. The Slingsby Rhubarb gin is amazing and definitely my favourite gin of the day. I love rhubarb and this tastes really strongly of it.
After sampling lots of gins you can head upstairs to the bars. We are starting off with a Tinker Berry Fizz cocktail. This has Pink Tinker gin, prosecco, elderflower cordial, creme de fraise, cranberry juice, lemon juice and fresh mint. I can’t even tell you how delicious this cocktail is!
You couldn’t have better weather for the Gin Festival Leeds and sitting outside on the Town Hall steps drinking cocktails is great.
Gin Festival Leeds food
There are a few different food trucks and there is something for everyone to eat. There is a vegan stand, a chinese, a pork stand and a meatball stand.
We have salt and pepper fries from the Chinese food truck, Dim Sum Su which are £4.
And halloumi fries with chilli jam, mint sauce and pomegranate seeds from The Ball Box, also £4.
Me and my mum shared the halloumi and fries and they were both delicious! And the perfect carbi food for soaking up the gin. Again the gorgeous sunshine means we can sit outside on the steps to eat them and drink our cocktails.
The Gin Festival Leeds, final thoughts
Both me and my mum had a great afternoon at the Gin Festival Leeds. I love sampling new gins and trying new cocktails. I really like how at the Gin Festival you can have different samples of gins and talk to the brands. And I really like the choice of gins at the bars. The bar staff are all really knowledgable and can recommend new gins based on what you like and usually drink.
The Gin Festival is touring the UK over the summer and I definitely recommend seeing if there is a stop near you and booking tickets.
*I was invited along to the Gin Festival Leeds in exchange for a blog review. All words and thoughts are my own and this doesn’t influence my opinion of the day.