Boutique gin festival for the Bay

Event specialists Becks Clarke and Amy Kemeys are thrilled to be launching Gincredible - a new boutique festival  on the Tauranga scene.

Taking place on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, on the Village Green at Tauranga Historic Village, the Bay of Plenty Gin Festival - Gincredible will be a celebration of food, entertainment and craft gin distilled in New Zealand from a small number of artisan producers.

“We’re partnering with The Incubator and Steampunk Tauranga to give our festival a Victorian era feel,” says Becks.

“People will experience the charm of yesteryear as they stroll the cobbled streets of the village.

“Having the Steampunk and artist community from the Incubator there will help us create a lovely space that is well thought out and ambient.”

The R18 event will be tailored to meet the cultured tastes of a mature audience.

“The NZ craft gin industry is small and sophisticated, and gin is becoming more fashionable,” says Becks. “We want our guests to feel like they are part of something that is abuzz with people.”

Entertainers at Gincredible will include Catriona Fallon, The Sweet Leaf Trio, The Afrolites, Mason Jar and Sam Graham.

“We are very fortunate to have such amazing talent here in the Bay. We didn’t have to look far to fill our line up.”

Of course the true heart of the festival will be the gin, and there are superb brands being showcased over the weekend.

These include Blush Gin, Little Biddy Gin, Juno Gin, Indiginous Gin, 1919 Distilling, Denzien Urban Distillery, Hidden World Gin, Lighthouse Gin, Dancing Sands Distillery, Bureaucrats Gin, Sundown Gin and Curiosity Gin.

Fever-Tree is the official tonic sponsor, with Tauranga City Council, Gin Zealand, Tauranga Party Hire and The Big Picture all supporting the inaugural festival.

“We’re really passionate about local,” says Becks. ”We want to create an experience for our people here in the Bay, and celebrate our region.”

There will also be master classes on both Saturday and Sunday with Little Biddy Gin telling its West Coast story, Hidden World Gin discussing gin as the new IPA, and Indiginous Gin outlining ‘The Craft of the Art’ of gin making.

A range of local food vendors will be providing dietary options to cater for all tastes and requirements, including vegetarian and  vegan options.

“We know there are a lot of things on during the weekends, so chose to run the festival over two days,” says Becks. “We wanted to provide the public with opportunity so they don’t feel like they are missing out.”The festival from 12noon to 6pm on both days, with tickets available from:  www.bopginfestival.co.nz