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Try Over 100 Gins As Leeds Gin Festival Takes Over the Town Hall

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Featuring industry experts and more than 100 gins – Leeds Gin Festival is back.

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The Leeds Gin Festival returns to Leeds Town Hall at the end of June with more gin than ever before.

Now in its sixth year, the Leeds Gin Festival is back in at Leeds Town Hall from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018. This year, they’ll welcome up to 1,500 revellers per session for their gin-packed shindig, with more than 100 different types of gin to try, making this their biggest and best festival to date.

It was back in 2013 when Leeds Gin Festival was founded by husband and wife team, Jym and Marie Harris. Since then, they’ve travelled all over the UK, spreading their love of gin and introducing folk to tipples they’ve probably never tried before.

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It will be the same this year, as they make Leeds Town Hall the place to be. They’ve tapped into their gin-expertise to gather together some of the finest craft brands from around the world – you’ll be able to try their wares with a range of premium mixers and Schweppes 1783 tonics or as cocktails. They’ve secured the likes of City of London Distillery, Brockmans and Slingsby, and more will be joining the list in the run-up to the event.

It’s not just about getting boozy, though. Leeds Gin Festival aims to give gin aficionados an experience they won’t forget and new fans a reason to love it, so expect talks from industry experts, gin tastings and a chance to step away from what you’re used to. There will be plenty of infused gins on offer, with intriguing flavours that will make you rethink your favourite combos, as well as live entertainment and street food to soak up all that gin.

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Another reason why Leeds Gin Festival is so well loved is because it acts as a platform for local gin distilleries with the likes of Tinker Gin making an appearance. There’ll also be a number of Gin Festival exclusives to make the most of, to be revealed closer to the time, and if you find a gin you particularly love, you can visit the pop-up Gin Shop to take a bottle home with you.

So how can you make the most of all of this? There are four different, separately ticketed sessions to choose from and you’ll get a free Gin Festival Copa Balloon Glass and a gin brochure on arrival. The festival runs a token system and each token costs £5 – one token will get you a single measure of gin, garnish and Schweppes 1783 mixer and two tokens will get you a cocktail.

The fun kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday evening, followed by an afternoon session from 12.30pm on Saturday and an evening session at 6.30pm. It finishes up on the Sunday with the afternoon session at 12pm.

Leeds Gin Festival is at Leeds Town Hall from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018.