As a recent Capetonian, I discovered that there are some amazing Gin distilleries, and what better way to spend a Sunday than a day filled with Gin and plenty of fun. All the favourites under one roof at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town. Leaving the Motorcycle behind, we decided to take an Uber. No drinking and driving.
The Old BiscuitMill was once an biscuit mill. The mill started as a factory for Pioneer, then Standard Mills, then a mill for Pyotts before its conversion. It is also the site of the old 19th century Windmill.
We arrived early and found the queue already down the road. Never realised how many Gin lovers there were in the mother city. After not a long wait, we managed to get in early enough before the place was packed.
I never realised that the art of a good gin was so complex. Each Distillery had their own special recipe, and each preferred their own Tonic brands. Tonic was definitely part of the unique taste, and using the right tonic, makes a big difference to the take of a good Gin.
Along the way to the to the exhibitors, a good number of foods stalls were present, and really delicious. These foods stalls, are there on Saturdays too, so definitely get down to the Old Biscuit Mill to shop around their fashion, arts and lifestyle stalls. Do not forget to taste the gourmet street food. The flavours teasing the tastebuds, leave you wanting more.
From International Distilleries, to some of my favourite Local Distilleries, were Bloedlemoen, Ginifer, Ginologiest, Wilderer, Inverroche and of course Six Dogs Blue. Each with their own unique recipe and Tonic and Garnishing paring. There was something for everyone’s taste buds.
We even found a hidden Craft Beer on Tap section for the men that had enough of G&T.
This festival is one of my favourites, and definitely intend to visit next year.