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GIN GIN! More than 1,200 people gathered at Portsmouth Guildhall to celebrate the beverage of the moment.

The Portsmouth Gin Festival welcomed more than 100 varieties of different gins from all over the world including the Sir Edmond from The Netherlands and Friday Chic from Portugal.

Kirsty Joyner, Felix Charles and Vicky Ashton with plenty of choice at Portsmouth Gin Festival     Pictures: Habibur Rahman

Kirsty Joyner, Felix Charles and Vicky Ashton with plenty of choice at Portsmouth Gin Festival Pictures: Habibur Rahman

Emma Mills, from Fareham, came with her father-in-law, David Boy, from Dumfries, to sample the delights on offer.

Emma said: ‘We came to Gin Festival because we enjoy a glass of gin and we thought it would be nice to experience all the different types of gin that are around.’

Leading gin makers Brockmans, Conker and Tinker led masterclasses for budding participants with plenty of tasters to go around.

Mike Whatmough, brand ambassador for Brockmans, said: ‘It has been really good and we always get an amazing reception at the festival.

Gin fans raise a glass

Gin fans raise a glass

‘I am meeting lots of people who are really big gin drinkers and are telling me their favourite ways to drink our gins.’

Cocktail bars, food tents and live music were also part of the entertainment for the night.

Event organiser, Gizele Maduri said: ‘It is our third year at this venue and we have always had a really successful time.

‘We have a total of 3000 gin lovers coming through the door over the weekend.’

Revellers at Portsmouth gin festival     Pictures: Habibur Rahman

Revellers at Portsmouth gin festival Pictures: Habibur Rahman

‘Everyone seems to be having a really great time so far and we hope to have a really successful event.’

For more information on gin and future events visit ginfestival.com/

Gin fans enjoy the festival

Gin fans enjoy the festival