If you’re a fan of gin, this is your festival!

Martin Duffy founder of Juniper Festival
Martin Duffy founder of Juniper Festival

The Juniper Festival is making its debut in the west of the country next month after three successful years in the capital.

The festival celebrates the ever increasing popularity of gin and showcases the amazing range of quality new gins now distilled across Scotland.

The event on Saturday, September 10, at Glasgow’s SWG3 studio warehouse venue at 100 Eastvale Place, will host a large collection of celebrated gin brands, appealing to consumers with an appetite to discover, sample and enjoy.

Visitors will be able to sample from a wide variety of gins including Pickering’s, Daffy’s, Caorunn, Minus 33, and Glasgow gin, Makar, each presenting their unique flavours and.

A gin festival wouldn’t be complete without tonic, of course, so leading brand specialists Fentimans and Fever Tree will be there alongside iconic Scottish tonic brands, Walter Gregor and Bon Accord.

A range of craft products and food will also be available.

Martin Duffy, founder of the Juniper Festival, told The Extra: “We’ve had three great years in Edinburgh and have been keen to take it to Glasgow for some time, so it’s great to see this ambition finally realised in 2016.

“We’ve got a fantastic selection of gins coming along to provide visitors with an education as well as the chance to try them.

“Since 2012 over 50 new gin distilleries have launched across the UK, with 70 per cent of all gin produced in Britain coming from Scotland, so the industry really is on the rise north of the border, which is wonderful to see.

“Each distillery uses its own unique blend of botanicals – no two are ever the same which is just one of the things I love about gin.

“We will have gins represented at the event from all over the UK including Glasgow, of course.

“So there will be a huge range for visitors to sample and explore and they will also have the chance to attend masterclasses with a number of these celebrated brands.

“It’s set to be a great day for anyone who enjoys gin or simply has an interest in trying something new.”

Tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite priced at £16.50 (www.eventbrite.co.uk).

The festival consists of two sessions: Noon to 4pm and 5.30pm to 10pm.

The festival has been set up so that once inside, visitors can taste any of the gins on show, which are all served up by the people who know them best – the people behind them!

If that wasn’t enough the organisers are also taking over the Poetry Club at SWG3 where hosted talks on gin related subjects will be presented by some of the exhibitors.