Gin Festivals 2017

From middle-age medicine to “Dutch courage”, we can all agree that gin is both a fascinating and age-old beverage with a heartwarming tale to be told, quite literally for some! At it’s core, gin is a spirit with its predominant flavour from juniper berries. However, behind it’s facia lingers one of the world’s most intricate and well-loved spirits, with a history spanning centuries, right back to the dawn of distillation.

Gin Roots

The earliest record of gin production dates back to 17th century Holland, although there have been claims that it was produced prior to this in Italy. In Holland, it was produced and consumed for medicinal purposes, sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints: gout and gallstones. To enhance its taste, the Dutch started to flavour it with juniper, which had medicinal properties of its own.

What’s on?

Here at Henry J Socks we have a penchant and passion for the exciting things in life, particularly when those things involve (responsible) drinking and laughter.This year presents the 2017 London Gin Festival on the 17th February. This is the third annual London Gin Festival and hopes are high to make it the biggest gin festival in the UK even better. Timeout referred this event as “one of the top 10 things to do in 2016″. So, if you’ve a free weekend falling on the 17th, the London Gin Festival is one you surely cannot miss!

The festival is held at the Tobacco Dock, a Grade 1 listed warehouse in the Docklands area of  east end London, and will be host to over 100 varieties of gin including a range of exclusives, new brands, cocktails as well as masterclasses from prominent industry giants. On arrival to the festival, you’ll be provided with your very own Gin Festival copa balloon glass, as well as a brochure detailing all of the gins available at the venue, with a bit of background info. The Gin Festival is “proud to showcase some of the best gins in the world.” according to The Guardian.

Live music, entertainment and insight from gin industry experts and various food outlets will be present and ongoing throughout the event. A token system will be in place instead of cash; tokens are £5 each and will get you a single measure of gin, garnish and mixer as well as your very own Gin Festival Copa balloon glass!

The London Gin Festival takes place on the following days and times:

  • Friday 17th February 2017 – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 18th February 2017 – Afternoon Session – 12.30pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 18th February 2017 – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm
  • Sunday 19th February 2017 – Afternoon Session – 11.45 – 4.15pm
  • Sunday 19th February 2017 – Evening Session – 5.30pm – 10pm


Can’t make the February date? Not to worry! There are a number of Gin Festival events taking place in the coming months:

York, York Barbican

  • Friday 24th February 2017 – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 25th February 2017 – Afternoon Session – 12.30pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 25th February 2017  – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm

Glasgow, The Briggait

  • Friday 3rd March 2017 – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 4th March 2017 – Afternoon Session – 12.30pm – 5pm
  • Saturday 4th March 2017  – Evening Session – 6.30pm – 11pm
  • Sunday 5th March 2017 – Afternoon Session – 12.15pm – 4.45pm
  • Sunday 5h March 2017 – Evening Session – 6.00pm – 10.30pm

If you’re partial to a glass of gin and have some free time on your hands over the next few months, we definitely recommend you check out one of the many festivals taking place across the UK. Whilst you’re at it, don’t forget to tweet us @henryjsocks and let us know which festival you’re at and how you’re getting on!

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