Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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The Gin Festival, Leicester.

Queen St, Leicester LE1 1QD, UK

Despite it being colder and miserable at the moment, that's November British weather for you I definitely felt a hint of summer had re-arrived earlier this month when I was invited to Leicester's Gin Festival along with my partner in crime and blogging chum, Kirstie from Behind The Scent. As we're both avid gin lovers there honestly couldn't be a more fitting event for the both of us to enjoy together and as it was hosted in Leicester's Athena by the Curve Theatre, it couldn't have been situated in a more better venue in the heart of Leicester City Centre. The Gin Festival team armed us with a glass especially for the gin (which we got to keep!), a small paper bag full of information and an awesome lanyard and then a gin book, and we were off!

The Gin book was such a great addition to the festival, it gave you everything you needed to know about the Gin's on offer at the bars across the room. This stored information of each gin on offer as well as tips on what to garnish your Gin with and what tonic would be needed to fully represent your choice of drink. Also a great book to have on you if you decide to have a Gin party of your own! There was a ridiculous amount of choice to choose from but something which everyone in attendance could enjoy. If your not sure on what gin you'd like to try too and whether you'd enjoy it, it'd give you the right information to help make your choice. We were kindly gifted some drink tokens so we could get started and sample what was on offer. You could purchase these tokens for around £5, which included a measure of Gin and your choice of tonic, provided by Fever-Tree.

The Gin Festival is the brain child of husband and wife Jym and Marie Harris who have been gathering gin novices to connoisseurs since 2012. It's the opportunity for people to discover the variety in Gin that the UK has to offer, learn the history of what is considered Britain's favourite spirit and also meet industry experts. Since launching the GinFestival.com there has been a massive growth in the UK Gin market and how the company hosts events for 4000 people over two days. They've also created for themselves the world's biggest gin specialist online store, selling over 200 different gins so absolutely essential if your looking for a present for a fellow Gin lover.

There was a real buzz in the atmosphere at the festival, whether you were sampling the many Gins on offer or talking to the gin brands that had arrived to showcase their Gin product in all of it's glory. It was so much fun wondering around trying new brands that I hadn't heard of and experiencing some new flavours without Gin which isn't the usual brand that I go to. With the help of some live jazz music and even a couple of photo booths it was such a fun event for fellow gin drinkers to enjoy.

With the help of our the bar staff, they helped in making our choice for drinks. I opted for the Eccentric Citrus Overload which was such a refreshing Gin, infused with lemon, orange and coriander seeds to give it a real fruity taste. However, I was very envious of Kirstie's choice! She tried Brockmans which was a very sweet and a fruity blend of blackberries and blueberries. It was a world away from the traditional Gin we have come to know over the years! I was definitely more of that fan of those first drinks then my second choice which was far too strong for me!

I would definitely attend a Gin Festival again, it was so much fun and there was a good amount of people within the venue so you could enjoy everything the festival had to offer at your own leisure. Bring on Gin Festival 2017.

*I was invited to the Gin Festival in return for this post to be created. All views and photos are my own. 


  1. Ah this sounds awesome! Really can't beat a good gin and I love trying different kinds!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. This is awesome hun - I love a bit of Gin! At the moment my favourite is between Hendricks, Sipsmith and Caorunn - all of course with a particular mixer for each! Looks like you had a blast!


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