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The 10 Best Things About Melbourne’s Original Gin Festival

By Ellen Seah
2nd Nov 2016


Australia’s first dedicated gin festival—Juniperlooza—is returning for another year of gin-fully good times! Soak up sun at some of Melbourne’s most iconic riverside bars while enjoying the finest products from the best local and international gin producers. You and this event were made to be together like a gin and tonic, so we’ve rounded up the 10 best things about Juniperlooza!

#1 It’s Gin O’Clock All Weekend

Riverland and Pilgrim Bar will become home to the latest and greatest in gin creation including big names like Yarra Valley’s Four Pillars Gin, Santamania, and Melbourne’s much-loved Gin Palace. Internationally acclaimed Adelaide Hills Distillery and their award-winning 78 degrees Gin, Bass and Flinders Distillery’s wine-inspired gin and a spirit created from native Australian botanicals are also promised to make an appearance.

#2 Dessert = Gin Sorbet?!

Between drinking your body weight in gin, cleanse your palate with Popstic Ice Cream’s speciality South Side gin sorbet. Using natural ingredients with decadent flavours, don’t be fooled by these adorably heart-shaped gin popsicles—these treats pack a punch. 

#3 Gin Cocktails From Your Dreams

Over 20 gin-centric cocktails will be on offer at Juniperlooza, with specials including The Persian Spice with a hit of cardamom and coffee syrup. Other cocktail options include the Ambrosian Martini with fresh jasmine flower and lime or the Gin Sting with macadamia liqueur, cloudy apple juice and honey. You’ll be in high spirits after these.

#4 All The Gin & Tonic

Every producer will be showcasing a classic gin and tonic, plus a signature gin-inspired cocktail. Um, yes?!

#5 Dedicated Gin Q&A Sessions

Some of your favourite gin producers (including Archie Rose Distilling Co, Rogue Society and Ounce Gin) will be hosting Talk + Taste sessions to answer all your burning gin-related questions. The best part? Talk + Taste sessions are completely free with any ticket purchase! Just head to the website and book a spot to enjoy an intimate meet and greet with your gin idol.

#6 Newly Released Gin

Including Archie Rose Distiller’s Strength Gin which is hot off the gin-making press! Released in October, this particular gin boasts 15 individually distilled botanicals including rose petals, elderflower and pears. Get a little bit fancy!

#7 Epic Entertainment

With last year’s roaming entertainment featuring acrobatics, seriously impressive juggling and live DJs all through the day, you can bet your gin-filled dollar that this year is going to be just as good! 

#8 It’s All About The View

On the edge of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River, snag a cosy outdoor spot with delectable bar food in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Spring may not have sprung like we wished, but you’re invited to hail in summer at one of the best events of the season!

#9 Seriously Delicious Food

Food is anything but limited at Juniperlooza with delightful summer-friendly nibbles like a raw bar with fresh seafood, New England-style mini lobster rolls and plenty (and we mean plenty) of gin-cured everything. Salted grapefruit and lemon gin curd macarons are non-negotiable. As much as we would love to live off gin, we certainly can’t complain with offers like this.

#10 They’re Giving Away FREE Tickets + $200 worth of gin!

The generous Juniperlooza team know how much we love our gin. To celebrate their glorious return, the team are giving away tickets for you and three friends, plus $200 worth of festival currency to spend at Juniperlooza! You'll be able to snag everything from gin-filled cocktails and delicious canapés to bubbles and beers with your prize. All you have to do is fill out the form below to enter the draw to win. 

Entries have now closed.

Entries close at 11:59pm on 10.11.2016. Successful applicant will be drawn at random on 11.11.2016. By entering, you agree to subscribe to the Urban List eNews & the Juniperlooza email database. Prize includes: Four (4) individual tickets to attend Juniperlooza Melbourne either on Saturday 19 November 2016 OR Sunday 20 November 2016 and one (1) Juniperlooza festival currency voucher to the value of $200 to be spent on a single date at Juniperlooza Mebourne. Juniperlooza festival currency is not redeemable for cash. Prize must be redeemed on a single occasion before 21st November 2016. 

To book your spot at Juniperlooza, head to the website! Better hurry, knowing Melbourne these tickets will be gone like the gin. Juniperlooza runs from Saturday 19 November to Sunday 20 November at Federation Wharf, Melbourne. 

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