Raise a glass as gin festival returns to Leeds this weekend

The Gin Festival is coming back to Leeds this weekend.
The Gin Festival is coming back to Leeds this weekend.
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GIN lovers in Leeds can enjoy a weekend-long festival dedicated to the popular tipple.

The UK’s largest gin festival will return to its hometown of Leeds today.

The event at the Town Hall will include more than 100 different varieties of gin, as well as a new variety that has been made especially for festival.

On arrival, guests will be handed a glass to take home and a brochure with information about each gin and the suggested garnish.

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of gin, meet industry experts, listen to live music and enjoy food from local vendors.

Jym Harris set up the festival back in 2012 with his wife Marie.

The couple believed there wasn’t a festival that reflected their own love for gin and took it upon themselves to celebrate the spirit. Jym said: “We absolutely love gin, so we started these events because we thought other people would want the same as us.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reception and it’s been fantastic to see so many people rediscover this amazing drink.”

The couple’s first Gin Festival was held in Leeds back in 2012 and attracted 150 visitors.

Since then, the event has grown significantly with up to 4,000 gin fans attending festival across the country.

The three-day event in Leeds runs from July 1 to 3.

Tickets cost £7.50, with additional drinks tokens available to buy at the event, costing £5 each.

For more information or to buy tickets, you can visit the website at www.ginfestival.com.