Cheers! Raise a glass to first gin festival
A DRINKS festival with a difference is planned to take place in Beaconsfield next month.
The town’s first gin festival is being set up, and if successful could become an annual event.
It is being organised by Drinkwell Bars, which runs the Swan pub in London End and Treehouse bar in Aylesbury End.
Managing director Laurie Othen has been working to arrange the event, entitled Junipalooza - the Beaconsfield Gin Festival, which will take place over the course of a week between May 23 and May 30.
He said: “We’ve noticed an increase in the last couple of years of interest in craft drinks, and in gin in particular, and we thought it would be a good thing to arrange.
“We have lots of different types of gin available, and people love to try different things they haven’t tried before, and so we thought that gin would be a good thing to base a festival around.”
He added: “We hope it’s a success, and that people come along and see what’s happening over the week. If it does well, we can look into getting other sites in the town involved and making more of it in years to come.”
As well as having more than 200 gins to choose from, entertainment throughout the week will include a pop-up cinema and live music, as well as gin tastings and drink mixing masterclasses.
Mr Othen said: “We’ll be having certain times dedicated to gins from certain parts of the world, for example America. There will be lots to try and discover.” The event is not aimed purely at adults, with family fun planned to take place in the garden of the Swan, and attractions being lined up to keep children entertained as well.
A full schedule has not yet been arranged, but will be announced in the coming weeks.
Mr Othen said: “We’re looking forward to it. I think that it will be something very different for Beaconsfield and hopefully people come along and get involved during the week.”