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October 3, 2019

Rather shockingly, the 5pm Food blog seems to have gone almost a week without mentioning gin. We're terribly sorry and hope this makes up for our calamitous mistake. 

The proliferation of gin festivals across Scotland means that each event is having to work harder to stand out from the competition. 

The Big Big Gin Festival - taking place at Edinburgh Corn Exchange place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October - has come up with a flexible solution. 

The organisers have unveiled plans for a series of ‘Gin and Yin’ yoga sessions. 

A joint venture between expert yoga instructor, Syra Fleetwood of Syra Yoga, and sponsors, Old Curiosity Gin, the yoga sessions combine two ways to unwind. 

Yin and tonic?

The press releases reckons that 'Yin yoga is a restorative practice that teaches us how to slow down, release tension of the body and mind, and deeply relax'. 

It also mentions that 'samples of deliciously crafted gin will be available to enjoy throughout each session to aid relaxation so you can...' 

Well, do we need to remind anyone of how gin may help you relax? 

Apparently, participants will leave 'feeling balanced, refreshed and restored’. 

And if you would rather leave your leggings at home, there is plenty more to look forward to at the Big Big Gin Festival. 

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 plus a marketplace selling a plethora of weird and wonderful gin-related products. 

Meet the makers

Fun in the sun at the Big Big Gin Festival.

Fun in the sun at the Big Big Gin Festival.

Want to meet the makers? Have a chat with the experts behind the likes of Orkney Gin, William Kerr's Gin, Kinrara Distillery, Porters Gin, Black Thistle Gin, Highland Liquor Company, The Old Curiosity Distillery, Old Poison Gin, Hills & Harbour Gin, Lindun Gin, and 1881 Gin Peebles Hydro. 

Plus, there’ll be face-painters to add an extra fun factor; fabulous food to savour; live music to add to the festival atmosphere plus selfie walls and a photobooth to capture the memories. 

This year will also see the unveiling of a brand-new VIP terrace area. VIP Terrace ticket holders can enjoy an additional welcome drink inside The Terrace area, guaranteed Terrace seating, a private cloakroom and concierge, a gin-infused sweet treat box, and a keepsake bamboo straw. 

As always, tickets are selling like, er, hot cakes? Cold G 'n' Ts?

The Big Big Gin Festival will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. 

There are three sessions:

Saturday noon-5pm;

Saturday 7pm-midnight;

Sunday noon-5pm. 

Tickets and further info.