As Kokoro’s first appearance at the Blackpool Gin Festival, we were more than excited to be back in our hometown. Based within the beautiful setting of the Tower Ballroom, we instantly knew it would be a festival to remember. We were situated on the balcony above the ballroom so we had great views of the ballroom itself and of course the stage for the band. Our neighbours for the weekend were Brockmans Gin and the newly launched Schweppes 1783, whilst across the balcony were the ever present Tinker Gin as well as Belgium’s PJ Gin.
Four sold out sessions of gin sampling, drinking, dancing and eating. Friday night kicked off the proceedings and to say it was busy would be an understatement. Fellow Sandgronians were out en masse to sample the hundreds of gins that the Gin Festival had on offer, and sample they did!! The feedback we got for Kokoro was phenomenal but also very humbling as our sansho berries went down a storm. So much so, the bottle shop girls were incredibly busy restocking the shelves and giving the lucky purchasers a complimentary Kokoro pin badge.
Barry was flying the Kokoro flag for us to deliver the weekend’s Masterclasses, in the Tower Circus no less! He also got to watch Dan from Tinker and Mike from Brockmans deliver their Masterclasses and understand how different they all are in presentation.
The general consensus about the new 1783 range from Schweppes was extremely positive and well received. The guys manning the booth were very lovely people too. We find that the Crisp Tonic Water works best with Kokoro although all the new flavours bring something different.
There were many highlights of the weekend including bumping into old friends and of course making new ones. Possibly the most memorable part was the pantomime horse and his film crew gatecrashing the Sunday session. A forlorn looking horse being escorted out by security is something we will remember for a long time to come.
Blackpool you definitely rocked and we are sure we will add the Blackpool Gin Festival to our list for next year.