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April 19, 2019

Gin, gin, gin, gin, gin as far as the eye can see.

The Great British Gin Festival rolls into the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh tomorrow and they reckon they will have over a hundred different gins to sample.

From noon to 4pm, gin fans can make good use of:

The Great British Gin Festival Gin Glass

The Great British Gin Festival Gin Bible

Trade stands with samples

Talks & presentations from producers and industry experts

Cocktail demos

Live music 

This festival operates a token system. Tokens are £5 each with one token paying for a measure of gin, an appropriate garnish and premium tonic. 

If you have any tokens left over at the end you can also take home 25ml test tubes of your favourite gin. 

Tickets here

Southside Gin Festival

Next weekend sees gin festivals in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

At The Cellar on Clarkston Road, The Southside Gin Fest will take place noon to 6pm on Saturday 27th April. 

The event will celebrate Glasgow's flourishing gin scene with six gins distilled in or around the city: McLean's Gin, McGin, Ellis gin, Hazell & Hazell, Biggar Gin and Illicit Spirits. 

Top disco tunes, wood-fired pizza and a gin quiz are among the attractions. 

Tickets costs £10 and include a welcome gin with a mixer of your choice and tasting notes. Additional gin and mixers will be charged at £4.

Big Big Gin Festival

Back across the M8 in Edinburgh, the Corn Exchange will host The Big Big Gin Festival (main pic) on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April. 

There are three sessions: Friday 7pm-midnight; Saturday noon-5pm (sold out), and Saturday 7pm to midnight. 

The first gin and tonic is included in the ticket price. After that a gin with a premium Fever-Tree mixer of your choice, plus a perfect serve garnish is £5. 

You can also sip samples from leading makers and craft distilleries and watch expert mixologists shake up a storm over at the cocktail bar. 

There’ll also be plenty of food plus a range of gin-inspired accessories to take home. Think along the lines of cocktail kits and quirky table lamps upcycled from gin bottles. 

The festival will also play host to a range of  master classes for those who want to learn a little more about this versatile spirit. 

There will be live music from The Respectacles to add to the festival atmosphere and a Magic Mirror photobooth to capture the memories. 

Tickets cost £15 and include admission to the event, one gin and tonic; one Big Big Gin Festival glass, and entry into the Meet the Maker zone where free samples will be available.