We all have certain social commitments on our calendars that we simply refuse to negotiate on. Come hell or high water, we will attend. My most favourite day of the whole entire year is not Christmas or my birthday, but, wait for it…the annual Gin & Tonic Festival! I’m not even joking, you guys. If you’re a GIN-ficionado like me, this is a day of utter indulgence and pure, gorgeous fun in the sun that is simply not negotiable. Read on if you’re GIN-trigued…
This year I’m (yes, we all know!) childishly excited to attend the Gin & Tonic Fest again. I’ve blocked off the whole weekend in preparation of this super cool event. This is not even a marketing hype; this is just me, uber-excited for an event that I’m happy to declare should be at the top of the Cape Town social calendar for 2019. So read on to find out what you can expect on the day…
Now in its 4th year and on its 8th event, The Original Gin & Tonic Festival is at the forefront of the diverse South African craft-gin scene. The festival offers an engaging and entertaining showcase of the country’s most popular, lesser known and spanking new gin brands, as well as a selection of premium internationals – creating a colourful platform for them to shine and showcase their handiwork to South Africa’s gin enthusiasts.
Filling out the offering is a bounty of delicious artisanal eats by Cape Town’s street food stars and a diverse lineup of musical acts across multiple stages, all in celebration of the purveyors, spirits and cocktails behind South Africa’s iconic gin culture.
What to expect
There will be gin in abundance to sip on and enjoy, and the makers will be there to share their unique stories and enlighten us all on what makes their product so simply irresistible. This year they will be welcoming Roku Gin from Japan and a handful of new local gins to the stage. Over 60 local and international gins will be showcased at The Cape Town Original Gin & Tonic Festival, making this the biggest show in South Africa.
Together with their fantastic partners, The Neighbourgoods Market, they have an incredible day planned with delicious food traders, merchant stalls and a beautifully curated bill of exciting, local music performers. This year you can look forward to Card on Spokes, ANG, Jay Me, Kay Faith, Gourmet, Lady Venom, and Roastin’ Records alongside a host of other fresh and forward-thinking acts performing across three stages throughout the day.
A flashback to 2018…
I remember arriving at the entrance of the Old Biscuit Mill last year and seeing a giant snake of people queuing at 10.45 in the morning. But, we were promptly and efficiently let in by a team of great big smiles, who handed us a branded crystal-cut glass and cocktail booklet.
The already trendy Old Biscuit Mill complex was transformed into a magically tropical gin-topia with different lounges and sections for all tastes. There were a lovely selection of food trucks and stalls and plenty of shaded seating and little nooks where you could casually drape yourself with a G&T in hand.
We found the Schweppes Lawn and music stage early on in the day and decided we will probably spend a lot of time chilling in the “Tenticle”, as the line-up for the day was absolutely insane. It was just the right setting for some leisurely ginning.
Make sure you spend enough time in the Crafter’s Hall. It was something to behold – a showcase of proudly South African craft gins. Here you could buy tasters, singles or doubles to your heart’s delight – will all the trimmings and fantastical flair! It was a bustling hub of a very cosmopolitan mix of Cape Townians and visitors alike, all under the same roof for the love of gin.
The Gin Courtyard was dedicated to the international gin brands who graced our beautiful shores with their presence for this occasion. All the big names in gin were present with beautiful exhibitions and stalls.
And then the grand finale: the massive al-fresco gin bar area, suitably called “The Greenhouse”. This outside space was transformed into a tropical haven of shade and seats. Here you could while away a drink or two at a cocktail table whilst catching up with friends – situated a bit out of the bustle of the tasting halls, but still not too far from the music, restaurants and general vibey-ness of the day to feel serious #FOMO.
It was incredibly well organised, planned and thought out to the last detail. The choice of food vendors was spot-on and the quality of the various food items on offer exceptional. The venue was well suited to the event and the music – oh, man, the music! If you don’t have your ticket yet, just do it! #PayDay is around the corner…
When and where and how?
Early Bird tickets have sold out and General Admission are going fast. And due to popular demand we have introduced a new group ticket option…
We do expect to sell out prior to the day, so we advise purchasing your ticket to book your spot as soon as possible.
The G&T’s flow on Sunday, 24th February 2019.
Get tickets here: http://qkt.io/G4C0gD