Sydneysiders love a gin festival, so it was cause for celebration indeed when Junipalooza, one of the world's premier gin fests and already a familiar fixture in Melbourne, announced it would be coming to the Harbour City for the first time in 2020. But then along came the spicy cough, which put pay to those plans. Things looked promising for a second attempt in 2021, until an unlucky flight attendant's dose of Delta thrust much of the nation back into lockdown just weeks before the festivities.
But now that it's 2022, a thoroughly vaxed and Covid-normal acclimatised Sydney is finally ready for its first Junipalooza at Carriageworks, on August 27-28, and if that's not a tonic for this city's gin lovers, we don't know what is.
An all-killer-no-filler lineup of more than 30 craft distilleries will be on deck with gins of every conceivable variety, from toe-curling bathtub and Navy Strength brews to delicate and complex pink and spiced varieties, bursting with botanicals. The heavyweights of Australia's booming gin industry will of course be in attendance – Archie Rose, Melbourne Gin Co, Four Pillars, and Poor Toms, to name a few – but there will also be many smaller artisan brands too, like micro-distilleries Banks & Solander, Happenstance and Taylor and Smith.
This meet-the-maker style expo is the perfect window on the passion and expertise that goes into a really top-shelf bottle of boutique gin where you can get the real lowdown on the provenance and production process straight from the source. All the gins on offer will also be available for sale from the on-site shop, so you can take home all your old standbys and newfound faves.
But how will you know which to purchase? By trying them, of course! With over 200 gins available to try included in the $43-$64 ticket price, you'll also go home with a keepsake tasting glass.
Junipalooza will take place at Carriageworks on August 27 and 28, with two sessions on the Saturday (11am-3pm and 5-8pm) and a single extended session on Sunday (11am-5pm). This one is sure to sell out, so don’t delay.