Touring Gin and Rum Festival to visit Portsmouth this summer

Lovers of gin and rum will find many varieties to try at the festival
Lovers of gin and rum will find many varieties to try at the festival
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BOOZE lovers are set to be spoiled for choice when the UK’s first touring gin and rum festival visits Portsmouth this summer.

More than 60 gins and 60 rums are set to take over The Pyramids Centre for two days from June 15.

Punters will get the chance to explore the wares of seven internationally-themed bars – with the opportunity to listen in on talks and masterclasses from top alcohol producers.

The event will also be complimented by live entertainment and stalls boasting an array of street food.

Founder of the aptly-named Gin and Rum Festival, Bobby Nanua, said: ‘I am extremely happy to have launched the UK’s very first Gin and Rum Festival.

‘We have an exciting year ahead hosting the festival in more than 20 cities.

‘It is with great pleasure we bring our festival to the people of Portsmouth.

‘We aim to not only provide a great service, but make it a memorable experience for all gin and rum lovers.’

Organisers say the event will offer seamless and flavourful fun, with visitors set to make purchases from its bars using cashless wristbands which can be topped up online or at dedicated on-site stations.

Festivalgoers will also receive a free satchel bag containing goodies including a branded Gin and Rum Festival copa glass.

While products from around the world will go on display over the festival’s two-day outing, producers and distillers from UK firms will be on-hand to showcase their finest drinks in the light of Brexit.

As well as Portsmouth, the Gin and Rum Festival will appear at cities including Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester over the coming months.

Sponsored by Schweppes, the Gin and Rum Festival will run three sessions at 6-11pm on Saturday, June 15 and 12-5pm and 6-11pm on Sunday, June 16.

Tickets are £10, or £7.50 for students and NHS workers with ID.

To book, visit tinyurl.com/yc7alkb6.

The event is for people aged 18 and over only.