Time Out says
Celebrate the spirit that’s taking over the city
To say Sydneysiders are partial to the occasional gin would be quite the understatement. We’re knocking it back year-round in classic G and Ts and exotic G and teas, in shades of pink or in crystal clear martinis, at garden parties and in edgy underground bars. In short, we can't get enough of the stuff.
So it's little wonder that the debut of a dedicated gin festival in King Street Wharf, hosted by the Australian Gin Distillers Association earlier this year, proved to be a big hit. And because (when it comes to gin at least) you can never have too much of a good thing, Gin Palooza is returning this November for its second festival of 2019.
As with its first outing, Gin Palooza will be showcasing more than 200 gins by 39 craft gin distillers, sourced from across Australia and New Zealand. Boutique outfits and major brands will rub shoulders, including proud gin houses such as Karu Distillers, Never Never, Ambleside, Ironbark, Archie Rose, Four Pillars, and Manly Spirits. There will also be a resident tapas bar, so festivalgoers can fuel up with some delicious Mediterranean morsels.
You can expect tastings aplenty, of course, but for those who want to delve deeper into gin culture, there are specialist masterclasses on offer too. On November 22, Bill Lark – one of Australian spirits' most revered distillers – will be offering a detailed tasting workshop, and on November 23, the Giniversity Master Class will offer attendees the chance to experiment with their own botanical bouquets. The Karu Distillers Master Class on November 24 will examine the various taste profiles of the mighty juniper berry, followed by a High G&T Party featuring premium cocktails and gin-infused chocolate. Entry to masterclasses are ticketed, with prices starting from $146.34.
For those in search of an even fancier experience, November's Gin Palooza kicks off with the Gin Awards Gala Dinner on November 21. Tickets to this black-tie affair are priced at $193.02 and in addition to a three-course meal, diners will also be served a selection of the six winning gins and treated to a performance of smash-hit gin-themed cabaret show Mother's Ruin.
General admission tickets to Gin Palooza start from $73.72, which includes unlimited tastings.