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The Juniper Festival, the biggest celebration of all things gin, is returning for a fifth consecutive year to Scotland’s capital. Taking up residence at Edinburgh’s arty Summerhall on the 1, 2, 3 June, the ever-evolving summer drinks event promises to stir things up with the launch of its ‘Makers & Mixers’ edition.
Shaking up tradition, this year’s festival will introduce the Distillers Room, bringing together over 20 top gin distillers from around the world into one room. Armed with a bottle of gin, each distiller will mingle with guests, hand pouring samples and offering an unmissable opportunity for gin enthusiasts to get to grips with their favourite brands and the people behind them.
Martin Duffy, Director of Edinburgh based drinks and events consultancy Solid Liquids and mastermind behind Juniper Festival commented: “We’ve always been proud to offer guests the opportunity to meet the people responsible for making the products, and this year we’re taking that one step further by only allowing them greater access than ever before – a chance to meet the makers - no brand reps, no bartenders, just distillers.”
And that’s not all. This year, the festival has pulled together Scotland’s finest creative mixologists with a dynamic variety of hand picked gin brands to collaborate and create the most distinctive and imaginative serves for guests to sample and enjoy - with full sized cocktails also available to buy.
Jamie Shields, Head of Drinks and Education at Solid Liquids explained: “Our Makers & Mixers edition focuses on the things our guests love - meeting and picking the brains of the people responsible for making the products they’re sampling, and trying new and interesting gins and serves.”
“Despite the changes, our ethos of education remains at the forefront, with even more talks, masterclasses and interactive experiences than before, so guests can enjoy beautiful drinks and learn a thing or two.”
Visitors to the festival are invited to enjoy an array of gin expressions from around Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world, with courtyard and laboratory tasting experiences on offer. There will also be informative talks and masterclasses from brands and leading authorities in a program of 30 minute sessions.
With music, entertainment, Scottish street food, craft stalls and gin cocktails galore –there’s no better place to enjoy a G&T this summer!
The Juniper Gin Festival takes place from the 1-3 June. Tickets on sale now, available here: www.solid-liquids.co.uk/juniper