St Albans centre transformed into gin celebration for second annual street party
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Revellers flocked to a shopping strip in St Albans for a lively evening of cocktails, music, and boutique shopping.
In just over three hours, more than 5,000 people descended on George Street for a Gin and Jazz extravaganza as part of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival.
There were live performances from the St Albans Jazz Ensemble, eight different specialist gin bars, and street food including beer, pretzels, beef bourginion from Loft St Albans and a hog roast from George Street Canteen.
Live models showcased wedding dresses in The Bride’s shopfront and a 14-year-old singer wowed crowds in the window of Cerimonia.
Sparkles were provided by Glitterbox and eco-friendly embellishments were supplied by event decoration company Hattie and Flora.
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It was organised by the St Albans Business Improvement District (BID).
BID manager, Helen Burridge, said: “Once again the city’s love of gin, of independent shops and of a great night out were shown at our second George Street Gin and Jazz.
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“I’m delighted that this has now become a permanent fixture in the Food and Drink Festival calendar and that the businesses of George Street are able to show their varied and unique collections to new audiences each year.”
She said many bars and pubs felt a ripple effect from the event, reporting selling out of gin by Saturday afternoon.
The event took place on Friday October 5.
More than 16,000 people attended the St Albans Feastival along St Peter’s Street on September 30, which was also part of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival.