Here on Chevy In the D, we’ve talked about the rising food scene in Detroit with new restaurants constantly springing up. Equally impressive is the rising cocktail scene thanks to new bars, talented mixologists and cocktail events like tomorrow’s Detroit Gin & Vodka Festival. There’s never been a better time to be a cocktail-loving Detroiter!
Tomorrow, April 28th is the Detroit Gin & Vodka Festival at Shed 3 of Eastern Market in Detroit. The Detroit Gin & Vodka Festival is your chance to sample the latest and greatest in clear liquors from local and international distillers.
Put on by the folks behind the Detroit Whiskey Festival and the Detroit Cocktail Classic, the Detroit Gin & Vodka Festival promises to offer the same focus on liquor brands and suppliers as the former, with the energy of the latter.
“While the Cocktail Classic celebrates Detroit’s cocktail culture through the prism of establishments and their top bartenders,” said Anthony Morrow of Pulp Detroit, “our spirit-focused festivals drill down and focus on the specific brands and suppliers both locally and nationally.”
The event will include “Spirit Tasting Stations” throughout Shed 3 that you can stop and survey as you stroll on through. Brands like Atwater Vodka, Detroit City Distilling and New Holland will have samples of their liquor, served as a straight shot or in a mixed cocktail, at their respective booth. Representatives at each station will be on-hand to discuss their product if you want to learn more about how the “secret sauce” is made.
If you’re someone that likes to sample the best the gin & vodka industries have to offer, not only is the Detroit Gin & Vodka Festival a fun alternative to the usual bar & club scene, it’s a great value. Tickets cost $45 and get you 12 beverage samples. There will also be food trucks on-site from El Charro, Detroit BBQ Company and Delectabowl selling Detroit-made cuisine at an additional cost.
As mentioned above, this is not the event organizer’s first rodeo. As the folks behind the Detroit Cocktail Classic, they know a thing or two about Detroit’s rising cocktail scene.
“One of the most unique things about our cocktail culture is how rapid it has grown. I would argue we are one of the most progressive markets in the US,” Morrow said. “Also, the sense of camaraderie is refreshing. Most cocktail professionals and enthusiast all know each other and work together to promote Detroit’s scene.”
A night of fun in Detroit’s Eastern Market, mingling with industry experts all while promoting Detroit’s liquor and cocktail scene — what’s not to love?
*Please be sure to drink responsibly. Always plan for a designated driver or contact a transportation service.