Somerset to host gin, fizz and food festival

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 May 2018

Exeter Gin.

Exeter Gin.

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The first gin, fizz and food festival is coming to Taunton this summer.

Sadie Horler who is performing at the festival.Sadie Horler who is performing at the festival.

A wonderful selection of gins, prosecco, fine food and music will fill the grounds of Woodlands Castle which will play host to the festival on June 2.

Charley Elizabeth Events is presenting the exciting festival in the beautiful grounds of the 17th century country house.

The festival is a celebration of gin, fizz and food in the South West and fans can sample a wide variety of tipples including Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin, Exeter Gin, Granny Garbutt’s Gin, Dartmoor Spirit Craft Distillery’s Ten Tor Seasonal Gin and raspberry-flavoured national favourite, Pinkster Gin.

Wellhayes Vineyard, from Devon, is showcasing its own English sparkling wine which guests can sample during the day.

Visitors can enjoy a number of talks and demonstrations, including a Pinkster Gin masterclass.

Martin Straus, The Drinks Professional and founder of the new Taunton Gin Club, is the designated gin guru who will advise on how to choose the right gin, what food to pair it with and how to make cocktails.

Karen Skerratt, the managing director of award-winning Exeter Gin, will share stories behind Granny Garbutt’s Gin, Grandad’s Revenge and Exeter Gin, and talk on experimenting.

Mark Potts, head chef at The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, will share his passion for food during a cooking with gin masterclass.

Visitors can meet the husband and wife team behind Wicked Wolf – Pat Patel and Julie Heap.

The pair will explore the history of gin and share the story behind the small batch of handcrafted gin which is made from 11 botanicals and distilled by the River Lynon in North Devon.

Artisan food and drink suppliers will serve up a wide range of sumptuous treats throughout the day including stone baked pizzas, hog roasts cocktails and prosecco.

Festival-goers will enjoy live music from the likes of Sadie Horler along with stalls offering garden crafts, cakes and cookies, fairground games and face painting.

The event starts at noon and closes at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults and entry for children is free.

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