mermaidsginThe inaugural Boutique Gin Festival is to be held at The King Lud in Ryde on Sunday (18th September), welcoming the growing number of ‘ginthusiasts’.

The festival is a free, non ticketed event and will see a total of 3 tasting tables on offer made up of 20 gins from micro distilleries around the country, alongside scrummy nibbles.

Alison Hawkes, owner of Dell Cafe in Ryde has seen gin sales rise dramatically in the past 2 years as has Amanda Orr from The Beach Shack in Sandown. Both are very supportive of the opportunity to experience what smaller distilleries have to offer.

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The Island’s very own Wight Mermaids Gin will be available and local distiller Xavier Baker will be on hand to chat to those who want to find out more about the distilling process.

Ryde Upholstery and Rosemary Vineyard will be sponsoring a limited edition gin cocktail for the afternoon and ‘Rhuby’, a new sweish rhubrb liqueur will be exclusively available.

The King Lud’s very own ‘Bloodstone Border Morris Dancers’ group will be launching the event with their unique singing, dancing and music, followed by ‘The Alberts’ who will be performing music through the decades for the duration of the event.

The event, which gets underway at 14:00 at The King Lud on Ryde Esplanade, will be fundraising for Wight Brainy Bunch, a local charity set up by firefighter Mark Grimes and his wife Kathryn.

Featured photo: Snack/freeimages

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