Food Talk India brought back its Gin Explorers Club (GEC) recently at The Hub in DLF Promenade, New Delhi. It brought out some of the biggest gin brands under one roof as the Space City edition successfully transported its guests to a magical galaxy, ‘Gin City’.
With more than 5,000 people attending the 2-day festival, the club event showcased a fantastic mix of more than 15 home-grown and international brands. Eight new brands – among them Monkey 47, Roku, Jaisalmer, Greater Than: No Sleep, Bulldog, Stranger & Sons: Perry Road Peru, and Samsara – were explored.
For the first time, there was also a surprise introduction of Sipsmith Gin.
Collaborating with Singapore Tourism the team, founded by Anjali Batra and Shuchir Suri, curated a special and unique experience bar that brought in cocktails inspired by iconic dishes of Singapore and a guest shift by celebrated mixologist Peter Chua of Junior The Pocket Bar.
The festival celebrated international and Indian mixologists Edwin and Naz of Soho (Singapore) with their bar takeover at Stranger & Sons, along with Nitin Tewari doing a Golden Hour special at Jaisalmer bar, and Rohan Matmary as he took over the Roku bar.
A fabulous selection of pop-up restaurants such as Burgerama, Francesco’s Pizzeria, Yeti, Koyla Kebab and Masterchow brought a variety of flavours from Asian to Indian to the festivities.
While Samsara, Terai and Gordon’s gins had games for people to play, Bombay Sapphire hosted a ‘Sip-and-Paint’ session!
With an excellent line-up of musicians sorted for the festivities, Day-1 featured artists like Kapow and Beatcrush, with MadStarBase bringing the night to a close.
The second day saw artists like Chizai and Copycats, who moved into a high energy music night by Tech Panda & Kenzani, followed by Avantika Bakshi.
Speaking about Gin Explorers Club, Anjali Batra, founder of the festival and CMO, Food Talk India, and Shuchir Suri, founder of the festival, co-founder of Food Talk India and founder of Jade Forest said, “The feeling was surreal to be reunited with gin lovers across Delhi after 2 years.”
The juniper-fuelled exploration then headed to Mumbai in May for the second leg of the festival.