G&T fiends, get out your diaries, as the Irish Gin and Tonic Fest is returning for the third year in a row this June. The 2018 edition features 26 Irish gins from from every province in Ireland, all of which are made with a huge variety of both farmed and wild Irish ingredients.
There are Irish gins distilled with potatoes and organic apples, there are Irish gins that feature botanicals such as Wexford strawberries and Dublin city rhubarb and there are Irish gins aged in casks – and you can sample them all at the gin fest.
Great Irish Beverages launched the festival in 2016 and many of the venues that have been involved have seen huge uptakes in Irish gins as a result.
The demand is still on the increase for Irish Gin both in Ireland and abroad. As they say -‘Each to their own’ and this certainly rings true with Irish Gin, with such a huge array in both the botanicals and distillates, there’s an Irish gin for everyone out there and festivals like this allow you to experience them all.
The festival is running from June 23rd – June 30th and any venue on the island of Ireland can register for free to participate. They just have to fill in their details on the Great Irish Beverages website and select one of the amazing Irish gins they’d like to champion for the week of the festival.
During the festival, the public will be able to vote for their favourite #IrishGnT on Twitter, Instagram or by posting on the Great Irish Beverages Facebook page.
There will be a number of different events taking place hosted by all the brands that include tastings, tours and food pairings. On the first day of the festival, there will be two opening parties on in Urban Brewing where for €15, each ticket holder will be able to enjoy an all Irish Gin & Tonic and sample dozens of Irish gins from all around Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The first opening party will be on from 1.30pm – 3.30pm Click here for tickets and the second from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.
The Irish Gins participating this year are:
– Black’s Gin
– Blackwater No. 5 Gin
– Blackwater Wexford Strawberry Gin
– Bonac 24
– Cask Aged Concullin Irish Gin
– Concullin Irish Gin
– Dingle Gin
– Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
– Dublin City Gin
– Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin
– Feckin Irish Gin
– Garnish Island Gin
– Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
– Ha’penny Gin
– Jackford Irish Potato Gin
– James Joyce Irish Gin
– Kilkenny Crystal Gin
– Kinsale Gin
– Listoke 1777 Irish Gin
– Micil Irish Gin
– Old Carrick Mill
– Ornabrak Single Malt Gin
– Shortcross Gin
– Silver Spear Gin
– Muff Gin
In addition to all the Irish Gins, Poacher’s Premium Irish Mixers are on board with their three naturally made, low sugar tonic waters that feature Irish herbs and flowers.
Produced by Oisín Davis of Great Irish Beverages with assistance from Fáilte Ireland, the Irish Gin and Tonic Fest is the only one of its kind in that it solely focuses on Irish Gins and is an all Ireland, 32 county celebration!
For more information click here.