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Animus at Junipalooza Melbourne
Junipalooza Melbourne
Junipalooza Melbourne
Patient Wolf

Junipalooza Melbourne

Dear Junipalooza’ers,

As many of you are aware, our planned venue for this year has had some structural issues and is likely to remain closed beyond the dates of our event. As a result, we have had to move location for 2019 and since last Wednesday, have been working tirelessly to ensure that the show will go on.

Nothing will dampen our spirit, and nothing will get in the way of celebrating the amazing makers and their fantastic gins we have lined up for you.

We can now announce that we will be moving this year’s event just down the road to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

All those with tickets do not need to be swap them or get updated with new information and remain valid, the times for the sessions have not changed and the three sessions will take place as planned. The only difference is the venue that you need to head to!

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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 MCEC 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. MCEC 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 a couple experiential areas, 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 August on the brand new website: www.junipalooza.com/melbourne

Junipalooza Melbourne
Junipalooza Melbourne
Brookies

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.

What's Included?

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

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Tickets


Programme

Come on in and Meet the Makers

Junipalooza opens its doors for the 1st session! Corks come out of bottles and glasses are at the ready. It’s time to meet the faces behind some incredible gins, learn more about (and sample!) how they make their tasty gins.

There is also a free water stand inside so you can pace yourself, as well as a opportunity to try entire ranges of mixers and soft drinks.

Please remember that stands will pour last serves 15 minutes before closing. This will allow for time to finish your drinks comfortably and purchase any bottles you may be after, before we have to close the doors.

And we're over for this session...

Junipalooza comes to an end. Time to leave and continue on celebrating all things gin in one of Melbourne’s amazing cocktail bars…

Please note that service stops 10 mins before the end of the session and that it will not be possible to take any cocktails out with, as you leave the venue.

Come on in and Meet the Makers

Junipalooza opens its doors for the 2nd session! Corks come out of bottles and glasses are at the ready. It’s time to meet the faces behind some incredible gins, learn more about (and sample!) how they make their tasty gins.

There is also a free water stand inside so you can pace yourself, as well as a opportunity to try entire ranges of mixers and soft drinks.

Please remember that stands will pour last serves 15 minutes before closing. This will allow for time to finish your drinks comfortably and purchase any bottles you may be after, before we have to close the doors.

And we're over for this session and the 1st day...

Junipalooza comes to an end. Time to leave and continue on celebrating all things gin in one of Melbourne’s amazing cocktail bars…

Please note that service stops 10 mins before the end of the session and that it will not be possible to take any cocktails out with, as you leave the venue.

Come on in and Meet the Makers

Junipalooza opens its doors, corks come out of bottles and glasses are at the ready. It’s time to meet the faces behind some incredible gins, learn more about (and sample!) how they make their tasty gins.

There is also a free water stand inside so you can pace yourself, as well as a opportunity to try several brands of mixers and soft drinks.

Please remember that stands will pour last serves 15 minutes before closing. This will allow for time to finish your drinks comfortably and purchase any bottles you may be after, before we have to close the doors.

Thank you & Goodbye

Junipalooza comes to an end. Time to leave and continue on celebrating all things gin in one of Melbourne’s amazing cocktail bars…

Please note that service stops 10 mins before the end of the session and that it will not be possible to take any cocktails out with, as you leave the venue.

Buying Gin & The Junipalooza Bottle Shop

Each maker has the opportunity to sell their gins should they want to, although not all will have card readers. We advise those who think they might be interested in buying a bottle or two at the show, to come equipped with cash.

That said, there will also be a gin shop, stocking all the gins at the show and which matches the bottle price of each stand. The aim of the shop is not to take away from the makers themselves, merely, to offer a convenient one stop location with a guaranteed card facility for anyone who wants to to get all their gin in one go.

Press Passes

There are a limited amount of press passes allocated for both days.

Please contact olivier@ginfoundry.com for further details on how to register for one.

Who is the Gin Queen?

Hosting Junipalooza involves a lot of work behind the scenes, preparing masterclasses, selecting gin makers and inviting them to take part while also acting as quality control... When the idea in to host Juniplaooza in Melbourne first emerged, we knew we would need a partner to ensure the show was delivered to the same uber geek calibre as in London. Someone capable of navigating the gin scene, with an insider track on the best and most exciting ginsmiths, an eye for authenticity and someone who shared our values of placing guests first.

Gin Queen founder and editor, Caroline Childerley has all of this and more. Her website has grown out of a love for the juniper juice and the desire to share the gin love with everyone. In the process, Caroline has become an expert in the category and in particular, a leading figure in the Australian Gin scene.

For more about all things Gin Queen, visit: www.theginqueen.com

Location

MCEC

1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, VIC, 3006

FAQs

Your ticket entitles you to sample whichever gins you’d like to try (responsibly) from any of the stands - at no further cost. While all samples are made available either neat or with a splash of tonic, we, along with the distillers behind the stands reserve the right to refuse service if we consider it inappropriate to do so, in accordance with responsible drinking guidelines.

There is no cloak room within Junipalooza, although MCEC does offer a separate service.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You must be over the age of 18 to enter Junipalooza. MCEC security operates a challenge 25 policy on the door and will need to see either a drivers licence or passport if ID is requested.

Closing times

Please note that although the sessions close at 15.00 & 20.00 on the Saturday, and at 17.00 on the Sunday, samples from producers and the sale of cocktails will stop 15 minutes prior to the end of each session. This is to allow for enough time to finish your drinks comfortably, and to give enough time for those looking to buy any bottles off the producers or the Junipalooza shop to do so, before we have to ask everyone to make their way home.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

BY TRAIN: The closest station is Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops.

BY BUS: From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute walk to MCEC.

More Information can be found HERE: https://mcec.com.au/visit/visit-information

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Curious minds and water are always welcome! We strongly encourage responsible drinking so there will be plenty of freely available water at each stand. If you would like to bring your own bottle, that's also fine.

Eating is strongly advised! We will offer some catering options that will be open throughout the event, but we'd also advise you to eat a hearty meal before going. Please note that unfortunately, the Atlantic Group do not allow guests to bring in food to the event.

We do not allow anyone to bring in their own gin / alcohol.

We do not allow people to bring their own tonics (there are loads of different brands at the show, there is no need!)

We do not allow anyone to bring their own glassware.

We will not have a cloak room and will not be able to store bags or coats.