City Buzz: UK’s biggest gin festival comes to Leeds this weekend

Jym Harris, who founded The Gin Festival in Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme.

Jym Harris, who founded The Gin Festival in Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme.

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JUST when you thought you’d had your fair share of boozy festivals, another one comes along.

After the success of the recent wine festival Grapeful and Cocktails in the City at Leeds Town Hall, we’re not complaining.

This weekend it’s The Gin Festival’s turn to step into the limelight.

The event was set up two years ago by Jym and Marie Harris.

The couple’s first Gin Festival was held at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds and had around 200 people and a variety of gins.

But they now host 13 Gin Festivals across the country, attracting up to 4,000 people and offering 100 varieties.

Plans are in the pipeline to take this number up to 20 events, and with the ever-increasing popularity of gin, we think they could go even further.

The Leeds Gin Festival will be held at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19.

Visitors can sample 100 gins, listen to talks from gin industry experts and soak up some live music.

For tickets, visit www.ginfestival.co.uk.

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