Despite the cold snap, spring is almost upon us and with it comes a flurry of gin festivals. Here's our pick of the best

Nicer weather + longer days = the perfect excuse for a gin festival, so if you’re partial to a G&T then get these dates in the diary!

Blythswood Square Gin Festival

(Sunday 25th March, 12-5pm, Blythswood Square, 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4AD)

Tickets: £25 per person

The Blythswood’s own gin festival is back again this year after huge success in 2017.

Your ticket will get you four tokens per person (three drinks tokens and one Masterclass token), canapes and sweet treats throughout the day, perfect gin serves, cocktail demonstrations, masterclasses  presentations and a fab goody bag.

So far the brands attending include big names such as Hendricks, Caorunn and The Botanist, and smaller producers such as Stirling Gin and Arbikie.

Falkirk Gin Festival

(Saturday 14th April, 12-8pm, Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa, Grange Road, Polmont, Falkirk FK2 0YB)

Tickets: £27.24

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Picture: Falkirk Gin Festival

The Falkirk Gin Festival is set to be the biggest yet this year with over 80 different gins from over 20 exhibitors.

Tickets include entry, all tasters from exhibitors, one G&T from the gin bar and a festival guide.

Don’t worry if you fancy more drink as bar tokens are available to buy on the day.

Gintyre Festival of Scottish Gins

(Saturday 21st April, Campbeltown Town Hall, 54 Main Street, Campbeltown PA28 6AB)

Tickets: £15

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If you like your gins Scottish (and why wouldn’t you?) then head along to this celebration of all things juniper.

Day time tickets include tastings from all the Gintyre producers, two gin cocktails or G&T’s from the bar and entry to the ‘meet the maker’ sessions.

Afterwards there’s an evening event which includes more gin sampling alongside jazz music from Rose Room.

Tickets for this are £10 per person.

The Great British Gin Festival – Edinburgh

(Saturday 28th April, 1-10pm, Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR)

Tickets: from £15.50

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Picture: Great British Gin Festival Facebook

This touring gin festival is making its home in Edinburgh in April.

Hosting over 100 gins from around the world, this is one of the biggest gin festivals of the year and a must visit for any gin lover.

Tickets include entry, a Gin Bible, a Great British Gin Festival Glass and tastings from stands.

Visitors can also enjoy talks and presentations from producers, cocktail demos, entry to a virtual reality gin distillery, a photo booth and live entertainment.

Scot Gin Fest

(21st April, Trades Hall Glasgow, 12th May, The Caves Edinburgh, 19th May, Town Hall St Andrews, 9th June Inverness)

Tickets: from £15

This hugely popular gin festival was a sell out success last year, so this year will see it visit four locations with dates in Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Inverness.

Starting in April in Glasgow, visitors can expect to sample gins from over 20 producers from all over Scotland.

Each event will include a Masterclass Series offering an in-depth look at their favourite distillers, as well as talks from broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.

 

 

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Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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