Under our ‘Sip & Savour’ theme, there’s plenty of gin to choose from…

At Dancing Cows Distillery in Lymington, they’re on a mission to excite your senses! Their gins are infused with fresh seasonal botanicals, fruits and flowers. They’re offering distillery and brewery tours and tastings during festival week on Tuesday 1st, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November. On Thursday 3rd November they are launching the first ever Lymington Cocktail challenge in conjunction with traditional New Forest pub, Thomas Trip.

Richard from Dancing Cows will also be at Daisybank Cottage for a tasting afternoon and to share the secrets of the fascinating process of creating his unique beverages, on Wednesday November 2nd. Daisybank Cottage is a Boutique B&B in an original Arts & Crafts house in Brockenhurst. They are passionate about supporting the great selection of local producers on their doorstep.

On Friday November 4, the resident expert at The Escape Gin Bar will to guide guests through an innovative and exciting gin and tonic tour. Built in 1627, the Grade 2 listed Thatched Cottage Hotel is home to The Escape Gin Bar, the only specialist Gin Bar in the New Forest, with 300 gins and unique gin tasting flights.  The bar has created sensational tasting flights where you will have the opportunity to sample selected gins ranging from juniper, citrus and herbaceous to floral and spiced – accompanied by different and complementary tonic water pairings and garnishes.

Conker Spirit founder, Rupert Holloway, has become Dorset’s first independent gin distiller. Beginning the journey only 3 years ago, after losing the love for his career as a chartered surveyor, Rupert had the lightbulb moment of producing a beautifully crafted spirit representative of his local landscape. He will be speaking at our Business Breakfast, sponsored by The New Forest Business Partnership, taking us on the road which brought him to Conker – and the exciting path he has trodden as he has developed the product and the business. His success is about spirit in every sense of the word – so there will also be a chance to taste his gin – its ok at 8am when it’s for business!

And finally, multi-award winning Pothecary Gin will be teaching you all about their dry gin and how it is made at our free Producers’ Market & Demos on Sunday 6th November. They’ll also have some cocktail tips up their sleeve!

More information

For more information, visit our Sip & Savour theme page.

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