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Junipalooza Sydney

Fifty local and international craft distillers will be pouring over 100 different types of gin across two days.
By Sarah Ward
June 24, 2022
By Sarah Ward
June 24, 2022

For the past eight years, juniper spirits have been flowing everywhere from London and Hamburg to Melbourne thanks to big gin festival Junipalooza. But if you're a Sydneysider with a fondness for the tipple in question, you've probably been more than a little envious — and wondering when the fest might make the trip to this part of the globe.

Now, those requests have finally been answered. Come Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, Junipalooza will finally arrive on Sydney's shores for the first time. It was originally supposed to arrive in 2020 and then again in 2021, but the pandemic happened.

Set to take over Carriageworks for two wintry days, the juniper-filled festival is run by the founders of the UK's Gin Foundry, Olivier and Emile Ward — so you know you're in good gin-pouring hands. The renowned brothers live, breathe and drink gin, compiling all their knowledge onto their comprehensive online gin directory. They've also been running the OG London version of Junipalooza since way back in 2013.

The Sydney event will feature sampling stations, cocktails and gin masterclasses with some of the world's best distillers. Fifty distillers from around the globe will be sharing their gins, with over 100 different types set to feature.

Renowned international distillers like the UK's Warner's Distillery and Sweden's Hernö will be in attendance side-by-side with local favourites like Archie Rose, Poor Toms, Manly Spirits Co and Four Pillars.

If you're eager to sip your way through the fest, you can choose between three sessions, with tickets on sale now. On the Saturday, you can start the day with drinks from 11am–3pm, or spend your evening sampling gin between 5–8pm. On Sunday, an 11am–5pm session is on the cards.

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