Latest Festival of Food and Drink News – Gin School launched for 2018




Attention class. Prepare for a lesson like no other as this year’s Festival of Food & Drink, held at Clumber Park on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September 2018, introduces you to ‘Gin School’ where you can learn all about your favourite tipple.


In association with Savour Magazine, let our GINstructors take you on a journey of gin as ‘pupils’ get to taste seven different gins. From big, bold flavours to fruity gin liqueurs, Gin School will give you lots of ‘ginspirational’ ideas on how to drink the quintessential British spirit. 


If you’re in a muddle with what mixer to use, if you’ve gone glassy-eyed over your garnishes, then book your ticket and let our GINstructors guide you. 


There’ll be interactive talks and graduates will also receive a goodie bag featuring discount vouchers and guides to try out crafty concoctions at home. Tickets for Gin School are just £10 for those already with Festival tickets or £17 for Festival access and a place in the class.


Each class will welcome 30 visitors, with three sessions per day, so make sure you book your spot early at


Festival organiser Bev Channell said: “Over the past few years, the popularity of Gin has had a massive increase and there are so many amazing flavours and types of gin now on the market. Gin School will help to educate drinks on what is on offer and allow them to find their favourite.”


Gin School isn’t the only new element to this year’s festival as more new interactive features are still to be announced, to go along with the event’s vibrant new look. It will also welcome some new celebrity faces including celebrity chefs Dan Doherty and Chris Bavin from BBC Britain’s Best Home Cook.


The region’s biggest event of its kind, alongside the mouth watering menu of producers on offer in the Food & Drink Marquee, the Festival vibe will continue with live music throughout the weekend, alongside Street Food traders and Pop-Up Cafes.


Festival VIP tickets available for just £15 including priority parking, fast track entry, access to the VIP marquee with seating, an exclusive celebrity ‘meet and greet’ and a fabulous goody bag.

Ticket prices start from just £7 in advance with free entry into Clumber Park included, offering a fantastic saving. Children aged five years and under are also admitted free. Family tickets are available, with entry for two adults and two children up to the age of 16 years, costing from £20. For more info, visit

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