What’s Junipalooza you ask? Let’s break it down:
Juni: An abbreviation of Gin’s signature botanical, juniper.
Palooza: A party, celebration or festival.
Junipalooza: Dozens and dozens of gin makers in one room, sharing their love for the spirit and serving up samples and stories for all to enjoy.
Junipalooza Melbourne is the hottest ticket on the Australian Gin scene, with dozens of distillers gathering under one roof to share their wares with hoards of thirsty fans. Next year, following three sellout shows at the Meat Market, the festival is moving house, taking over Central Pier at the Docklands for the weekend of 26th and 27th October 2019.
The reason for the move was simple: there are far too may gins and far too many gin drinkers to fit inside our old home. Central Pier is a huge, cavernous wonder, and we’re going to fill it almost entirely with booze. Those who’ve been before can rest assured we’re keeping the old pallet stand aesthetic and meet the maker ethos. Those who haven’t been before… well, keep reading.
Junipalooza is a one of a kind show; not only are all of the makers behind each gin there to talk you through their products in person, every single gin on site is free for you to sample, and comes with the option to try both neat and with tonic.
Junipalooza Melbourne presents attendees with the unique opportunity to meet upwards of 40 distillers – to drill them on the madness behind their methods and to learn all about the botanicals and flavours at hand. These are people who’ve shaken off the shackles of corporate life to do their own thing; they’re inspiring, driven creators who are only too keen to share their adventures with you over an ice cold G&T.
As well as sipping your way through dozens of delicious spirits, you’ll be able to get hands on in the experiential rooms, too. Details for these are never revealed until close to the event, but in the past we’ve had live distillations and even tarot reading!
You’ll have the opportunity to buy all of the gins directly from the brands, so not only will you hear their stories, you’ll become a part of them, helping to drive them onwards to the next step in their journey. We’ll also be stocking all of the gins in our onsite shop, so if you don’t want to carry bottles around all day you can hand your tasting notes over to our helpers as the end of the session and pick up an armful.
Junipalooza is THE Melbourne event as far as Gin fans are concerned, offering obsessives the chance to try something entirely different and newbies the chance to fall in love with the most creative of spirits. It will sell out and it’ll sell out fast, so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale to avoid disappointment. Early Bird tickets starts at $35.
Tickets go on sale in January 2019. The full exhibitor line up will be revealed in April on the brand new website: www.junipalooza.com/melbourne
What is it?
A Celebration of GIN! Junipalooza is a unique opportunity to taste gins from distilleries based all around the world, as well as the very best Australian producers.
The price of admission includes samples from all of the distillers taking part. Please drink responsibly though, there's plenty of Ginsmiths to visit so pace yourself in order to to talk to them all.
When is it?
Junipalooza Melbourne 2019 takes place on the SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER
11:00-15:00 & 16:00-20:00
& SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER 11:00-17:00