India’s biggest Gin festival, the Gin Explorer’s Club, is taking place in Mumbai for the very first time. Presented by Food Talk India, the festival is slated to take place from May 7-8, at Mahalaxmi Racecourse.
Promoting gin in India
Touted as India’s biggest Gin celebration, Gin Explorer’s Club was founded in 2018 by Anjali Batra, co-founder of Food Talk India, and Shuchir Suri, Founder of Jade Forest, which has a range of tonic water and ginger ale drinks.
“When we conceptualised the festival in 2018, there were about seven or eight gin brands in the country. India had only recently begun to have conversations about gin, but there was an international craze for gin. And so we decided to be the ones to introduce this spirit to India in a significant way, and this led to Gin Explorers Club,” says Anjali Batra.
Each year, the Gin Explorer’s Club is curated to fit the vibes of the city it’s held in. This year, the festival draws in on the lively energy of Mumbai for an experience that is full of fun, energy and excitement.
“We have an exciting new line-up of music acts, with our first-ever international act closing on Day 2 – Culoe De Song, along with other exciting acts like Madstarbase, Zokhuma and more,” says Batra. “We try and create a new experience with every edition, following a new theme each year. For this edition, we wanted to create something far, far away from reality, so we decided to transport people to a juniper-fuelled exploration of Space – welcome to Gin City, where Gin-full memories are made.”
“Gin Explorers Club isn’t just a festival, it’s a community,” says Batra. “We, as a community, use our on-ground and social presence to endorse and celebrate entries as we share news, experiences, tips, and collaborations and help smaller craft distillers reach a wider audience with their unique products on our platform.”
The two day festival will see some of the most popular homegrownbrandslike Doja, Greater Than, Jaisalmer, Samsara, Stranger & Sons, Tamras, and Terai, along with global brands like Gordon’s, Hendricks and Tanqueray.
More than gin
The Gin Explorer’s Club marks a profound platform to celebrate the botanical forward spirit; a place for Gin enthusiasts and newbies alike to come, sip, experience and explore the spirit as they continue following the philosophy, “Make India fall in love with Gin”.
Aside from delicious concoctions and new gin blends, the festival will also see a delectable spread of international and Indian flavours from some of the city’s best including Motodo, SeeSaw, Tacos & Buns by Tori, Papacream, The Sassy Café, Neel, Indigo Delicatessen, Spice-O-Pedia, Kofuku, Arbab, Legit, Yeti, Burma Burma, and Nino Burgers.
The festival will also feature an Explorers Flea that is bringing homegrown brands like Saucery, Studio Love Letter, and Bartisans to shop from over the two-day festivities.