This month a unique pop-up concept, THE FORAGER, is opening it doors. Presented by The Botanist Gin, it will see a limited number of pop-up evening events taking place between June and August in unconventional, secret urban spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Each event is an intimate setting hosting just 30 guests, who will enjoy unique gin serves and a selection of food experiences inspired by the local environment.

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“Last year we introduced local bartenders and gin enthusiasts to The Botanist, a super-premium artisanal gin, hand-crafted on the wild Hebridean island of Islay. We watched the premium gin market boom as South Africans welcomed the concept of artisanal gins and an influx of new local variety. This year we are taking the philosophy of foraging and foraged mixology further by creating unique and memorable experiences that bring this concept to life,” explained Simone Burns, South African Brand Manager, The Botanist Gin.

BLQ_Botanist_Forager-6618In the lead up to each event at THE FORAGER, three of Cape Town and Johannesburg’s finest bartenders will attend bespoke foraging experiences led by local foraging experts, Roushanna Gray and Margaret Roberts. During veld, forest and sea forages in Cape Town, and highveld, lowveld and bushveld forage experiences in Johannesburg, the bartenders will personally hand forage indigenous and seasonal ingredients to create a unique foraged serve of The Botanist Gin with a local twist.

Then, on each night at THE FORAGER, the bartenders will compete in a challenge to craft the most interesting serves using The Botanist Gin and their own locally hand foraged botanicals. These will be presented to guests who will then cast their vote for the cocktail they felt was the most inspired.

At the end of THE FORAGER series, the bartender with the most votes and highest score will win an all-expense paid trip to the home of The Botanist Gin in Islay to experience first-hand the philosophy behind The Botanist and foraging in the Hebrides.


Tickets for the upcoming events are available online for R350 pp at the following links:

Cape Town:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/17908-the-forager-ct-series/#/schedules

Joburg:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/18408-the-forager-jhb-series/#/schedules

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