Juniper gin fest heads west

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The Juniper Festival makes its Glasgow debut this weekend following a successful three years in Edinburgh.

The event takes place on Saturday, 10 September at SWG3. City gin lovers will be able to sample 19 brands from across Scotland and the UK, including Eden Mill, Edinburgh Gin, Pickering’s, Strathearn and Glasgow Distillery’s very own Makar gin.

Not forgetting the mixers, tonic brands such as Fentimans, Fever Tree, Walter Gregor and Bon Accord will also be represented, alongside other craft products and food.

Festival founder, Martin Duffy, of events and drinks specialist Solid Liquids, told Dram he was thrilled to finally bring The Juniper Festival to Glasgow.

He said, “ We’ve been keen to take the Juniper Festival to Glasgow so it’s great to see this ambition realised in 2016. Scotland is very much a gin nation and people have been very interested here. It’s great to have Glasgow Distillery involved with their Makar Gin too.”

He added that the festival’s main aim remains to connect consumers with a diverse range of Scottish brands, and those directly involved in their creation.

He added, “It’s not like coming to a gin bar, it’s very much about education. Having gins served by people who directly represent the brands means visitors can discover different flavour profiles and learn from the people behind the gins.”

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and cost £16.50. There are two sessions: 12pm-4pm and 5.30pm-10pm.