The Bank Holiday weekend saw scores of people drinking in everything that the Harborough area has to offer!
The Spirit of Harborough event was a new festival to celebrate the finest locally produced wine, beer, gin and cider.
“For the first one, it went pretty well” said Harborough’s tourism executive Graham Peers. “It gives us a good base to work on for next year.”
The weekend began with a Taste Harborough Trail on Saturday.
Buy the leaflet with map for £3, and then you could sample the wares of eight local food centres, from Sarah Ruth Cupcakes on the market (cakes obviously) to the Farndon Fields Farm Shop (gin and tonic tartlets).
Then on Sunday, the drinks kicked in.
Activities included taste tours, tutorials by local artisan brewers and tours and demonstrations from local producers.
Guests bought tickets online or from “Spirit HQ” at the Oat Hill pub on Kettering Road, before boarding a tour bus to a local drinks attraction.
At Welland Valley Vineyard, near Marston Trussell, for example, guests got a guided tour of the vineyard with wine tasting of the red, white, and sparkling wines on offer.
Other visitors headed for Market Harborough Brewery for a talk on the beer production process, including a tasting across the road at The Beerhouse micropub.
More still found themselves at the Two Birds Gin School in Market Harborough.
Tours goers enjoyed a talk on the history of gin, along with the perfect Gin and Tonic and a gin distilling demonstration, along with tastings of four different gin types.
“The idea is to share news about our fantastic food and drink businesses” said Graham.
“And as the word gets around, the concept of this event beds in.”