Celebrate gin this Spring in Sydney or the Hunter Valley

Let the tasting fun be-gin this spring with the arrival of Sydney’s and the Hunter Valley’s Juniper Parties.

Held yearly by the Australian Gin Distillers Association,  these two festivals are a celebration of all things gin, featuring some of  Australia’s most talented craft distillers.

Not a bad excuse to abandon the Coastie bubble for a couple of days in celebration of 2022’s long-awaited start of summer *clink*.

Held in October and November, there will be tasting sessions, gourmet food, masterclasses and more, so if gin is your tipple of choice, you are going to want to jump on a ticket.

The SYDNEY GIN FESTIVAL is being held on the ground floor of the WINX Stand at Royal Randwick. Here you can chat to 62 distillers while enjoying some gourmet treats prepared by the WINX chefs. All gin drinks are included in your ticket and bottles of gin are available for purchase to take home. Your G&Ts will feature delicious tonic mixers and soda from Long Rays so geat ready to taste your way around the room

Felix Clark of Ester Spirits

Words by Jess Verrender, images supplied. Pictured: Felix Clark of Ester Spirits.

Tasting Sydney sessions will be held during Friday 29 – Sunday 30 October with tickets selling for $70. 

For the even keener gin enthusiasts, it is also worth mentioning the Nosferatu Masterclass, which will be held on Sunday October 30. 

There are also special 4 ticket bundles however to learn more go to Gin Events.

If heading north is more your jam, then the HUNTER VALLEY CHRISTMAS GIN FESTIVAL is kicking off on Saturday November 19.

Gin-gle all the way to the Crowne Plaza where you can enjoy G&Ts from 45 of the best craft gin distillers in Australia while stuffing your stocking with your favourite gins. No tokens needed and all drinks are included.

Tasting sessions are at either 1-4pm or 5-8pm at a cost of $70. They include a tasting glass to keep, a free Santa sack for your purchases, bottle sales for take-home, 45+ distillers to meet, 200+ gins to taste and Long Rays tonic & soda water.

At both festivals watch out for trophy winners Ester spirits, The Farmers Wife, Stillhouse Distilling and the outstanding awards-winner Hickson House. Quality in a glass!

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