Thirty local and international craft distillers will be pouring around 200 different types of gin across two days.
For the past seven 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. Actually, those dreams were supposed to come true in 2020, but then the pandemic happened. Come Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, however, Junipalooza will arrive on Sydney's shores for the first time.
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. Thirty distillers from around the globe will be sharing their gins, with around 200 different types set to feature. The full lineup is yet to be announced, but we still see a lot of gin drinking in your future.
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 4–8pm. On Sunday, an 11am–5pm session is on the cards.