Last week I attended a prosecco and gin festival held in Leeds. Here is the lowdown on the festival. Let’s beGin!
I am partial to a bit of gin; only recently discovering that I actually liked it. Well, I maybe enjoy the flavoured variety a bit more! Tonic was the factor in my initial dislike of gin. Anyone else? I attended a Gin Tasting way back in July I think; which solidified my liking of gin.
For Christmas, my friends bought tickets to a Prosecco and Gin Festival in Leeds. We have had a bit of bad luck with festivals like this in the past. One we had booked onto was cancelled last minute, however, the company failed to inform us that it had been cancelled. We turned up to Leeds Town Hall with other guests to find it all locked up and no event! It is safe to say this did not impress us, and we were a little cautious about this event.
Prosecco and Gin Festival
Luckily for us, this prosecco and gin festival was a sure thing. New Craven Hall was the venue of choice for the festival; and one I have visited previously. You may remember I attended Blog at the Beach back in July which was held here too.
The décor was simple, with lights
As well as an abundance of gin and prosecco at the festival, there was also a pizza vendor. These looked so yummy and smelt amazing. A band of two also entertained the crowd for a short while with a few classic covers. They were great but didn’t really get the crowd going.
Tickets for the event cost about £12, with a VIP experience ticket costing around £24. With both tickets, you have a glass to enjoy various concoctions of gin and prosecco. The cheaper ticket receiving a slim glass, and the VIP ticket receiving a gin glass. Including a brochure of the various bars and what gins and prosecco on offer for the night
The festival works on a token system with a drink costing one token. There are a few exceptions of the prosecco and
Keep Your Gin Up:
So, after purchasing three tokens, it was onto trying a few gins! There were four different bars to choose from, each with different gins. There were about 50+ gins to try! At the bars are the gins, with the mixers added at a separate station. The prosecco and sparkling wine section were actually at the bar of the venue. Tempting as it was to try a prosecco or two, I thought against mixing my drinks. Prosecco drunk and gin drunk are completely different, and I didn’t fancy experiencing a mix of these! 😂
The first one I went for was violet gin (Zymurgorium Sweet Violet) mixing this with rose lemonade (Fentiman’s). It is recommended in the festival brochure to have this with lemonade or Indian Tonic water. Blueberries decorate the drink.
I quite liked this combination of flavours, and think the rose lemonade went really well with the sweet violet. It wasn’t too perfumed based either, as I thought it might be. I think this was one of my favourites that I tried during the festival.
The second gin I tasted is another flavoured one, lavender (Masons Lavender Edition). I had to go with a Yorkshire gin being a Yorkshire Lass! You are recommended to pair this with tonic or ginger beer. I went with the latter; with the drink having a slice of lime as a garnish. I think this was my least favourite of the night. I just don’t think the ginger beer and lavender complemented each other at all. The ginger beer was way to fiery for the delicateness of the lavender. I may have to try this again with ginger ale, or even lemonade. Maybe the rose one would have been a better pairing!
Gin number three of the festival (not of the night) came in the form of rhubarb and custard flavour (Nelsons Rhubarb and Custard). This is recommended as having neat over ice or with a premium tonic. I wasn’t too sure I was ready for neat gin, so I paired this with lemonade instead. I must say this was my second favourite of the three, it really did taste like the rhubarb and custard sweets you can get. The only thing with this was the lemonade overpowered it a bit, maybe the cheap post-mix lemonade would let the rhubarb and custard come through more.
To Gin or Not To Gin?
I thought this festival was great, with the ticket pricing being quite reasonable. I think I would have probably tried more of the gins if maybe the pricing had been lower. Going for the VIP ticket does give you a free drink. But I’m not sure if that is worth the extra £10 or so. It is a festival I would attend again though, as it was nice trying the different gins on offer.
Have you attended a prosecco and gin festival before? What were your thoughts?
Would you attend a festival like this?
Thanks for reading!