Returning for our 5th annual Stirling Gin Festival. More details coming soon, please check back for updates.
THE fourth annual Stirling Gin Festival has broken all previous records after a sell-out success saw over 1,000 gin-lovers descend on the iconic Stirling Highland Hotel at the weekend.
24 of the most respected gin companies drawn from all across the UK and as far a-field as Spain and New Zealand were present as gin aficionados marched on historic Stirling in their masses, with one long range gin pilgrim travelling a mind-boggling 4949 miles from Scottsdale, Arizona, to sample the delights of what is arguably Scotland's foremost gin jamboree.
With the local economy benefitting to the tune of an estimated £100,000 and over 1200 bottles of gin sold spanning the three tasting sessions on Friday and Saturday, it really was a gin-tastic triumph!
SGF is organised and run by The Stirling Spirit Company, a sister business of Stirling Gin and co-owner June McCann admitted the weekend's success has taken her breath away.
June said: "This is the fourth year that we have organised the Stirling Gin Festival and it just keeps getting bigger and better.
"I think what really appeals to gin-lovers is that they know they are going to be introduced to exciting new craft gins as well as enjoying the opportunity to stock up on old favourites and all of this is done in a warm and friendly environment.
"Added to that every one of the 100 or so gins that were available over the weekend had an interesting story behind it from the sea kelp that is the chief botanical of Harris Gin which is collected by a diver off the island, to the exotic Buddha's Hand which is the key constituent of Porters Gin from Aberdeen. Clearly the public enjoyed meeting and engaging with our makers and learning all about the providence of their produce.
"So although we are delighted with the sales figures and the benefits that SGF has brought to the local business community, it was also just really satisfying to see how engaged people were and how much the patrons enjoyed sharing conversation with new acquaintances made over the mutual interest provided by our fantastic and varied gins."
While a mouth-watering 106 bottles of the home city wild nettle infused Stirling Gin were sold, one of the major success stories was Lussa Gin from the beautiful windswept Isle of Jura, which has as its chief botanical lemon thyme.
And co-owner Claire was keen to hail The Stirling Gin Festival as Scotland's leading gin-carnivals.
Claire Fletcher said: "We have returned to Jura exhausted after our two day stint at the Stirling Gin Festival. By the second session we'd completely sold out all stock and by the third session we were selling gin on a promise to post it as soon as we got back to Jura!
"Really it was a fantastic event for us and it was great to meet so many gin lovers and tell the story of how we make our gin. It was also really nice to explore Stirling and we'd love to be back in 2018.
"There is no doubt that the Stirling Gin Festival is now firmly established as one of the premier events of this type in Scotland!"
And the good news is plans are already afoot to do it all over again in 2018!
Check out some of our photos Album 2017
The Dates for your diaries are.......
AGE 18+Tickets are non refundable.Session one: Friday 3rd November 6pm-9:30pm*Last gin poured 9:15pm
Tickets £27:50 SOLD OUT
Session two: Saturday 4th November 12:45pm - 4:15pm*Last gin poured 4pm
Tickets £27:50 SOLD OUT
Session three: Saturday 4th November 5pm - 8:30pm*Last gin poured 8:15pm
Tickets £27:50 SOLD OUT
The Location: The Stirling Highland Hotel, 29 Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU
Your Ticket: This your invitation to taste the 50plus gins available at the Stirling Gin Festival.All gin companies attending will be announced in the run up to the festival. Many old favourites and new ginbies are already in the line up ! After tasting all the fabulous gins on offer you will have the chance to purchase your favourite and take it home.
Fevertree tonic and garnishes will be on hand at each table with advice from the makers themselves on how best to enjoy their gin.
Stirling Gin Festival encourages sensible drinking and for over 18 year olds only.
Stirling people mixed with visitors from all over Scotland and England and some real enthusiasts who had travelled from the USA and Canada.
Plans are already being discussed for a bigger Stirling Gin Festival 2017!.....
Have a look at our Stirling Gin Festival 2016 Photo Album - Here
Past - Stirling Gin Festival 2016
Returning for our 3rd annual festival.
The Venue: Stirling Highland Hotel, 29 Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU (Home of The Stirling Whisky Shop)
Saturday the 5th of November 2016
Sold Out The Time: 3pm - 6:30pm The Cost: £27:50
With over 60 gins to try the hardest task on the day will be where to start!
Fevertree Tonic and garnishes for your gin will be on hand at each table with guidance from the maker on how best to enjoy their gin.
Some of our festival partners....
Stirling Gin, Makar, Pickerings, Darnleys, McQueen, Porters, Persie, Pinkster, Brockmans, Eden Mill, Edinburgh Gin, Brokers, Shetland Reel, Strane, Firkin, Sipsmith, Boe, Strathearn, Morrison and Mackay, Blackwoods, Fraiser Liqueur, Glenwyvis, Ogilvie Spirits, and Fevertree.
Stirling Gin Festival encourages sensible drinking. Tickets are only available to those 18 years and older.