Bedfordshire Gin Festival debuts this summer!


Russell Park will come alive this summer with Bedfordshire’s largest outdoor Gin Festival on Saturday, June 25. The event will feature many local and national gin brands including Willow Tree, Hustle, Far Reaches and Black Bridge Distillery, plus craft beers, wines and much more. With bars, samplings, street food and live music, there’ll be something for everyone.

Bedford’s independent craft beer shop Beerfly will be manning a craft beer bar – with a range of modern style beers from local brewers; Three Hills, Duration and newcomers Baron Brewing. They’ll be serving a full range of hazy, hoppy, sour and stout beers to suit all palates.

The ‘Talks & Tastings’ Tent will host meet-the-maker interviews with winemakers, breweries and gin producers, all on hand to talk through their stories and try a few tasters!

Tim Edwards of Beerfly commented “Following the success of our Hops & Dreams festival a few years ago, we’re excited to have a bar at GinFest and open up the wonderful world of beers to a new audience. With the brewers on hand to talk through the beers it should make for a fun afternoon”

Taste Bedford is providing hand-picked street food traders, a farmers market and local produce stalls.

Street food includes the ever-popular smokery Feast, with their locally – sourced meats from Woburn Country Foods, Saf’s kitchen with Punjabi street food, award-winning Good Times truck with their grilled cheese sandwiches and for the first time since Covid, the little crepe truck, la Crepe Franglaise returns.

Bedford’s favourite Foxy Wings will be collaborating with street-fooders Wabadubgrub, so you can find their famous spicy chicken in a unique mexican menu for the event.

The farmers market will be buzzing – Bedfordshire Beekeepers always delight, plus look out for fruit and veg from Black Cat Farm Shop, fudge, flowers, cheese, oils and the scotch eggs are back! Bedford business newbies, SAY Doughnuts will be baking for the occasion too.

Who could ignore the trend for interiors, so this year there’s an array of talented makers with craft stalls and kitchenalia including woodwork, pottery, metalwork, glassware and other homewares.

Anne Harnan from TASTE said: “Curating the market is always exciting and we’re really pleased with this year’s traders – lots of friendly favourites with a sprinkling of new and unique stall holders. Taste is sponsored by Budgens of Bedford, supporting the community.”

Tickets are available NOW at

Bedfordshire GinFest, Russell Park, June 25, 2022 12noon – 9pm

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