Olives @ the station 'Gin & Rum festival' {gifted}

Hiya hinnies, welcome back. I was super lucky recently to be invited to review the Gin & Rum festival hosted by Olives @ the station. Olives @ the station is a bar, restuarant venue hire that offers tasty treats such as a breakfast menu, lunch and dinner menus in addition to a fantastic drinks menu. Situated in Whitley Bay just next to the metro station, Olives @ the station is located in a stunning Victorian building and is a beauty to even dine in. I was invited to come review their Gin & Rum festival which as you can imagine was a fabulous offer I could not refuse.

Serving Gins and Rums from local vendors and from far and wide, there was a vast array of choices. We visited a Saturday afternoon and luckily for us the weather was just beautiful so made walking around their outdoor area positively dreamy. On arrival we collected tickets. I attended with my boyfriend and our two friends. As a group affair it, it was a great day. I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking for something to to with their friends. Amazing conversation points as you go round to taste each Gin or/and Rum and the food looked amazing too. We collected our tickets from the main desk, you could either pre book tickets or buy on the door. £10 a ticket was well priced as you received a free raffle ticket in addition to your own etched glass a a memento from the festival, all engraved with the venues logo, a lovely touch. 

The lovely lady on reception kindly explained the day and what was available and each guest is given a free token for a taste of India flat bread and their raffle ticket with their glass. She also explained that anyone who wasn't the biggest Gin or Rum fan could purchase beer from their well stocked bar hosting local and further a field beers and other tipples. 

Drinks tokens were purchased on entry with the option to go back and at £20 for 4 tokens (1 token per drink) £5 for a high quality Gin or Rum is very reasonably priced I believe. We ventured into the venue garden it's self and were kindly greeted by each vendor at their stalls as we searched for tasters and more information about each different brand. There was plenty local companies such as St Mary's Gin and Vodka and Hexham Gin which was such a pleasure too see such lowkey local places having made such amazing drinks. 

Each brand was able to give us a full description of how their branding came about and what makes their Gin or Rum stand out from the rest. They could also tell me what was best to pair with their drink and gave alternatives for allergies or dislikes etc. There was also Indian cuisine offering an array of curries, samosa's and different dishes and sides to pair with our drinks. Another lovely thing about the day was each stall offered a discount for purchasing their Gin or Rum on the day from themselves which was great especially for gifts as they often come with a lovely gift bag and because you can taste before you buy, you can choose the right gift. Learning about the distilling and the history of each drink was surprising super interesting and really made me appreciate the effort that goes into these smaller Gin or Rum brands. 

In addition to the tasters and the little nibbles there was also a local band playing which was fun and interesting as they did their own twist on recent music genres such as Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran which was really light and fun for the mood of the day. Also, there was a cheeky little photo booth area for people to take sneaky insta boomerangs or selfies. Great fun. 


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