I’ve never been to a Gin Festival before, but the first Peterborough Gin Festival is being held just down the road from where I live so how could I resist?
The fact that it’s being held at Peterborough Cathedral in order to raise funds for that wonderful building is another reason to attend. And the chance of drinking gin on a Saturday afternoon in the grounds of a cathedral is an opportunity not to be missed.
Peterborough Cathedral is not nearly well-enough known, and I think it’s one of the finest cathedrals in England. Its origins go back to the 7th century when a monastery was built on the site, and you can read the full fascinating history of the cathedral on the cathedral’s website.
The fact that you can combine visiting the Peterborough Gin Festival with a visit to the cathedral is a great bonus.
Peterborough Gin Festival History
The history of the company which organises various gin festivals around the UK isn’t quite as long as the cathedral’s, but it’s impressive in its own way. They’ve organised festivals in some amazing venues, and in places including Liverpool, Newcastle, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Swansea and Edinburgh.
What to Expect at the Peterborough Gin Festival
Apart from the setting, something else that’s appealing about the festival is the chance to try some lesser-known gins. Among the gins that will be available for sampling in Peterborough will be Brockmans, Tinker Gin, Black Tomato, Malfy and Two Birds.
Oh yes, there’ll also be food, and entertainment at every session from the Northern Epidemic band. Food options include:
● Dimsumsu- Chinese Dim Sum and steamed buns (Gau Bao) with a variety of meat and vegetarian fillings. Also various sides such as steamed dumplings and crispy wontons. Vegetarian options available.
● Striped Pig- Traditional British pulled meats in soft bread buns with accompanying toppings and sauces. Vegetarian options available.
The Gin Festival even works with gin brands and distillers to make special gins that are only available at their events, and other gins are brought in specially for the festivals. You can also buy through their online shop. Some of these sound intriguing, so I’ll definitely be taking my credit card and a shopping bag with me to Peterborough:
Exclusive gins include:
● PJ Raspberry, Apple, Elderflower and Dry Gins
● Marula and Marula Pomegranate
● Leeds White Rose
● Electric Spirits Lux
● Pink Tinker
Getting to the Peterborough Gin Festival
The people at Uber have set it up so all attendees can get their first Uber ride to get to the Gin Festival or to go home afterwards, up to a price of £10. All you have to do is download the Uber app onto your smartphone and enter the promo code GFUBER, or sign up here: https://get.uber.com/go/gfuber
This deal only works for new accounts, so if you’ve got one and the people you are going with haven’t… get them signed up!
When Is It?
- Friday 17th November – Evening Session – 18:30 – 23:00
- Saturday 18th November – Afternoon Session – 12:30 – 17:00
- Saturday 18th November – Evening Session – 18:30 – 23:00
What Does It Cost?
Tickets cost £16, which includes a GinFestival.com copa glass and a Gin Explorer Book which will help you discover the 100+ varieties of gin on offer, whilst recommending a fantastic range of Fever-Tree tonics and carefully paired garnish. There are also masterclasses with gin distillers.
For those gin enthusiasts that are particularly eager, there’s now the opportunity to get ahead of the game and beat the queues thanks to an impressive new cashless system. Swapping drinks tokens for a funky wristband, you can purchase credit pre-event at www.ginfestival.com/cashless. Rumour has it that if you spend over £50 the Gin Festival will give you an extra £5 credit for free.
Gin Festival tickets are sold exclusively through EventBrite which can be accessed through the event page on the Gin Festival website: www.ginfestival.com/events.