The Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival, which launched last year, returns to Lewes on Saturday June 16.
Celebrating the best of local sparkling wine and gin and organised by Lewes District Council, the festival will once again be held in the walled Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes from 11am until 6pm.
English Fizz A-plenty
Serving up their own fizz will be seven local producers ranging from Rodmell-based Breaky Bottom, one of the oldest vineyards in the UK, to Divergent, from Worthing, who have a brand- new product made in the same method as prosecco. New to the event is the Bolney Wine Estate while Wiston Estate, Carr Taylor, Plumpton College and Charles Palmer Vineyards are all making a welcome return.
Sussex Gin on show
The event’s nine gin producers include Chichester-based The Nodding Donkey Distillery and Generation Distillers from Chailey, who will be unveiling brand new gins, and Seven Sisters Gin, made from the remains of grapes pressed for wine, by Rathfinny Estate in Alfriston.
Tom Cat Gin from Crowborough will be revealing its new Blueberry Gin, and well-known local names Slake Spirits, from Shoreham-by-Sea, Cabin Pressure, from Horsham, Harley House from Seaford, Chilgrove Spirits from Chilgrove, near Chichester, and Brighton Gin will also be at the event.
Other Drinks and Eats
Other exciting exhibitors include: Folkingtons (locally made tonics and juices); Fierce Botanics (a new tonic made in Lewes); Noble and Stace Chocolatiers (chocolates flavoured with Sussex gin and fizz); Miall’s (alcoholic sorbet) and the Great British Wine Tours, a Brighton-based company that arranges tours around Sussex.
You won’t go hungry during the day either, with locally-produced food on sale from the Garlic Wood Farm, Hannah’s Van, The Pig & Jacket, Betsy’s Bakes, Seven Sisters’ Spices, Kabak and The French Revolution.
Plenty of activities to enjoy
It’s not just about eating and drinking however, as the festival features a programmed music stage with three live sets from duo Lucas & King; trio Mudlow and King Size Slim playing an eclectic mix of acoustic roots boogie, classic and alternative country and rock ‘n’ roll interspersed by a selection of tunes from DJ Stephanie Goodman.
And for those with a thirst for Gin & Fizz insider knowledge, there will be a packed programme of free talks by different industry experts scheduled throughout the day.
If you’d like to make a weekend of it, Gin & Fizz has partnered with www.staylewes.org this year, with information on places to stay and places to visit while you’re in town, along with a number of local restaurants and cafes, who are offering some great discounts for ticket holders.
Councillor Tony Nicholson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Customers and Partners, said:
“Last year’s launch event was a real success, but this year’s festival is looking even better. It is fantastic to welcome so many different producers of gin, sparkling wine and local food to Lewes to showcase the diversity and excellence of Sussex produce.”
There are still a limited number of tickets available to buy online and in person from Lewes and Seaford Tourist Information Centres and Symposium Wine Emporium in Lewes, but you are advised to buy soon to avoid disappointment.
For more information, and to buy tickets www.sussexginandfizzfestival.com