Cheers! Raise a glass to first gin fes­ti­val

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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