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Gin & Tonic Drink. Photo: Adobe Stock

Gin & Tonic Festival: Cheers to the makers, merchants and mixers

No need for any Sunday blues here. The weekend is far from over – and Cape Town, we’ll be seeing you at the Gin & Tonic Festival.

Gin & Tonic Festival: Cheers t

Gin & Tonic Drink. Photo: Adobe Stock

A toast to the month of March

Calling all Capetonians. If you’re undecided on things to do on Sunday 1 March, get ready and come thirsty as the Cape Town Gin & Tonic Festival awaits at the iconic Old Biscuit Mill, in Woodstock.

We’re celebrating the history of G&T; that we squeezed in an extra day of February and that somehow March has already crept up on us. Oh, it also happens to be pretty much the perfect summer’s day in Cape Town — so that’s always worth celebrating too.  

Not hard to find a reason to cheers your neighbour as you come taste your way through countless craft gins and crafted cocktails on offer all day long at the trendy Old Biscuit Mill.

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Festivities aplenty at The Old Biscuit Mill

Dubbed as the finest gin showcase in the country, this festival is at the forefront of the diverse South African craft gin scene and hosts annual celebrations in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. 

Bringing the best of the beautiful industry together at a very exciting time for gin worldwide, come sample your way through a curated showcase of some of the top international brands and local distilleries in a full-day celebration of flavour, culture, and hearty revel. 

Gin and tonic with a twig of rosemary and ice. Photo: Adobe Stock

What Sunday blues?

Forget the Carte Blanche theme tune and stay in weekend mode all Sunday long as multiple music stages and an all-day line-up of dancing, music, all things gin — as well as delicious nibbles — keep you sated and celebrating.

Come make a turn at the Cape Town Gin & Tonic Festival. Photo: Adobe Stock

A brief history

For a drink with only three ingredients — gin, tonic, and your garnish of choice — the gin obsession debate has many an angle to it. Most noteworthy is how it evolved throughout history from humble beginnings.

Claimed accidental origins as an anti-malarial treatment in India is something us South Africans quote and recycle fairly frequently, fiercely claiming the same as we clutch our favourite bottle every time we head to the bush.

From here and onwards throughout history, ending up at the G&T of the present day, gin has had a massive revival. Brands, such like Arbikie Nàdar, is at the forefront of the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, harnessing the power of nature and science to create the first-ever climate-positive gin, made from peas. A good reason to keep that glass of yours half full and toast again and again.