The Gin Festival At Wynyard Hall
I’ve lost count of the amount of times we’ve talked about gin both on this blog and social media. The mere mention of the word gin and we are up and poised like a pair of meerkats! So, when Wynyard Hall invited us along to their first official gin festival last weekend well by Gordon we were on it. All in the name of research you understand.
We received our press passes and they were printed with the hashtag #WynyardGinFest. So being the typical over sharing bloggers that we are we started using it especially on our Instagram stories in the week before the event, during and immediately afterwards. We were disappointed that there was very little buzz. Hashtags are very hard to get noticed so really need a lot of promotion to get people involved. I know this from the tireless promotion I do of #ThisNorthernGirlCan — so believe me when I say I know how hard it can be. Maybe next time.
It was held over two days — the Friday evening and the Saturday from 3pm until midnight.
I could do the Saturday but unfortunately Declan couldn’t so I took along Mr NN who is also a gin lover. It runs in the family, what can I say? Admission without a press pass was £12.50 which not only included entry but a complimentary ‘Wynyard Hall’ gin balloon glass.
The event was held in the Grand Marquee. We arrived just before 3pm and it was already quite busy. There were eight gin stands and over 60 gins to try. There were also a couple of brand reps available to chat to. I had a very interesting chat with a guy called Tom who explained in great detail the history behind the gins he represents; Fifty Pounds Gin, Death’s Door and Aviation. I loved Fifty Pounds Gin and it’s next on my list to track down for a purchase.
Gin cocktails we sampled were Strawberry & Pink Durham Gin, Edinburgh Raspberry Liqueur, Newcastle Gin and Sacred Liquorice.
We spent a nice couple of hours in the sunshine sipping gin. What could be lovelier on a British Summer afternoon?
The only slight downer on the occasion was I wore neon yellow and for those of you who don’t know, the marquee is situated at the top of a beautiful location — The Gardens. Oh was I a bug magnet!! Yikes!!
So here’s a photo of my shoes and bag — what more can I say?
We finished off our afternoon with a wander through the farm shop. Without fail I can always find something to buy in here. Sure enough I bought this Cherry and Basil gin — a limited edition from a gin brand we love; Poetic License. In fact, one of our very first posts last summer when we launched we talked about gin and mentioned their scrumptious Picnic Gin. We can’t wait to try this flavour.
Overall, we thought this was a good first gin event for Wynyard Hall and hope they do more and go onto bigger and better. If you want to find out what happened when we were guest bloggers for The Gin Festival Newcastle you can read that here.
Let us know if you were there! We’d love to hear any gin news, too!
* Disclosure: We were gifted press passes to attend but we bought our own drinks. As always, anything gifted doesn’t effect the honesty and integrity of the review. Opinions are always our own and Wynyard Hall had no input on this article.