Stirling Gin Festival to return for 2021 - with over 100 gins available for tasting

Published 17th May 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Stirling Gin Festival has been confirmed for 2021, and will be back at the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling on Saturday 6 November.

Now in its 8th year, the annual event will have over 100 gins available for tasting.

Always a sell-out event, the festival is run by the Stirling Spirit Co. with Fever-Tree as key sponsor.

Gin enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet the makers of over 25 gin brands, purchase directly from them, with lots of special offers available on the day.

Some of the brands attending the event are: Downpour, Lussa, Devils Staircase, Stirling Gin, Pentlands Hill, Biggar Gin, Dundee, Ogilvy Vodka, Avva, Kilty, new kid on the block Kyns gin, Colonsay, Ellis and Pilgrims, with NSD as an event sponsor.

A new addition to the event this year will be Tyree Gin, handcrafted in the Isle of Tiree, one of the Inner Hebrides islands.

Their gin reflects the landscape in which it is distilled.

Kelp harvested from the icy waters provides sweetness as well as coastal salty flavours and floral, grassy and vanilla notes are achieved using a range of botanicals from the machair ground inland from the shore.

Combined with juniper, water-mint and angelica, this is a fresh, pure island spirit.

Alistair Wilson, managing director of Isle of Skye Distillery, who will bring Misty Isle gin to this year’s event said “We exhibit at many Gin Festivals throughout Scotland, however Stirling Gin Festival is one of the best for sales and a bit of fun.

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"(Organisers) June and Cameron really know how to put on a great weekend for all.”

Stirling Gin’s head distiller will be at the event to talk guests through the distilling process of their gin, and cocktail making sessions where guests get their own copa glass, will be run throughout the day.

Easily accessible by public transport in the centre of Stirling, the hotel will provide a range of Scottish finger food for guests.

There will be two sessions over the day to choose from.

The first session runs from 12:45 – 16:15 with the second running between 5 – 8pm.

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Tickets are from £25 and include a branded glass, Fever-tree Tonic water and mixers from the festival sponsor as well as a festival brochure with on-the-day special deals on bottle sales.

Event organiser June McCann said: “We’re so pleased to host the festival in Stirling again this November.

"It’s a great opportunity for Scottish gin brands to promote their products and encourage visitors to explore local Stirling businesses as they descend on our beautiful, historic city”.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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