Ontario’s first Craft Gin Pageant set for this weekend in Elora

ELORA – Gin lovers have an opportunity to style greater than 30 distinctive hand-crafted small-batch gins outdoors the Elora Centre for the Arts this weekend. 

June 10 is World Gin Day, and the Craft Gin Pageant contains reside jazz music from The Matthew  Morgan Trio, native meals and gin-themed video games, together with a “martini relay.”

9 Ontario gin distillers will showcase distinctive gins and cocktails throughout the occasion. One even makes non-alcoholic gin. 

The mastermind behind the occasion is Marty Van Vliet, co-owner of the Elora Distilling Firm. 

He mentioned collaborating distillers are capable of produce artistic and distinctive gins as a result of they work with small batches. 

The Elora Distilling Firm makes its gin in a 200-litre nonetheless, he mentioned, that means it makes between 100 and 200 bottles per run. 

The small runs allow them to “combine and match and put every kind of botanicals in,” together with native seasonal components like spruce suggestions, that are “very gentle and tender proper now.”  

Inventive distilling

Juniper is the precept ingredient in gin, Van Vliet mentioned, “however after you could put no matter you need in it – it’s as much as the distiller to create no matter they will consider” to supply a variety of flavour profiles.  

Massive producers making two million litres of gin at a time  aren’t capable of be so artistic, he added. 

The Craft Gin Pageant will function the six member distilleries of the “Craft Gin Path”: Junction 56, Elora Distilling Co., Spring Mill Distillery, Dixons’ Distilled Spirits Inc., Silver Fox Distillery and Willibald Farm Distillery — together with Final Straw Distillery from Vaughan, Paradigm Spirits Co. from London and Sobrii, the Stratford-based distiller of non-alcoholic spirits.

The competition takes place on June 10 from 12 to 6pm. Tickets are $19 at eloracentreforthearts.ca or $20 on the door. 

For extra details about the Craft Gin Pageant this weekend in Elora, go to  www.craftgintrail.com.