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The Gin Guild Spring Installation
Tuesday 8th May 2018 from 6:15 pm - 11:00 pm£118 – £165
Celebrate with the Gin Guild at the Annual Gin Industry Dinner and Guild Spring Installation
The Gin Industry Annual Dinner has been one of the Guild’s most sought after events. Attendance is only available to those in the gin industry (no spouse / partner / non-industry guests permitted on this occasion), so has a unique place in the annual spirits calendar as it provides unrivalled networking opportunities.
Members who join the Guild at the event, alongside members who join the Guild at the Mansion House Guild Installation are invited to bring along their gins to showcase to members. Existing members who have new products (reflecting the interest and growing variety in the developing category), are also welcome to send along their products.
There were over 36 gins on offer at the 2017 event. Variety is clearly the spice of life (if not the botanicals of life)! Please let the Director General know if you wish to bring gin along and, where possible, by arrangement, arrange for the stock to be sent to the Guild office in advance in order that it can be secured and shipped to the venue.
Each year we aim to secure an interesting industry speaker. To add to the enjoyment, for the last few years, we have also secured tastings of some rare (or almost impossible to secure) gin products that are not commercially available, for the delectation of attendees. Early suggestions to the Director General please for any offers of a special/rare gin offering for the 2018 dinner would be very welcome.
Our 2018 speaker is Olivier Ward, Co-Founder of Gin Foundry and IWSC Spirit Communicator of the year 2017.
Gin Foundry, a review and information site for gin lovers, is also responsible for The Ginvent Calendar and Junipalooza. Guildhall has been the City powerhouse since the twelfth century. In an era when the Lord Mayor of London rivalled the monarch for influence and prestige, this was where he and the ruling merchant class held court, and fine-tuned the laws and trading regulations that helped create London’s wealth.
Today, 800 years on, Guildhall is still home of the City of London Corporation, and acts as a grand setting for glittering banquets in honour of visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries, royal occasions, and receptions for major historical anniversaries. Situated in the heart of the City of London, the world’s leading financial and business centre, this rare and magnificent medieval Grade I listed landmark offers a spectacular backdrop.
Our Installation and dinner (lounge suit as usual for this event, as a contrast to Mansion House), is held in The Old Library. This was designed by Sir Horace Jones and built in 1870. Maximum numbers for dinner are 350, so the venue should, even with expansion, be able to accommodate the Guild for a few years.
Due to the increased capacity, Guild members are encouraged to consider inviting gin industry guests to the event, such as distributors, colleagues or favoured customers.
All attendees should bring photographic ID, as the venue is a high profile venue with potential security screening depending on alert status.
All bookings and payments and any key dietary requirements* are required by Monday 23 April. *Where practical to do so, the caterers will be advised of issues and asked to substitute alternative fare.
Dress code is formal lounge suits (with ties), for men, cocktail dresses for ladies. No casual/sport clothes/shoes.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is only for those involved in the gin industry. It is not open to non-industry friends or guests.