Three-day gin festival Junipalooza returns to Melbourne this October

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Three-day gin festival Junipalooza returns to Melbourne this October

Junipalooza, the festival dedicated to our favourite juniper-based spirit, returns to Melbourne 21 - 23 October 2022.

Good news gin lovers: Australia’s premier gin festival, Junipalooza, will return to Melbourne’s Timber Yard on the 21 – 23 October 2022 bringing together dozens and dozens of gin makers in one room. 

The event unites over 50 national and international craft distillers by offering ticket holders exciting gin tastings to savour while learning about the gin-producing process by passionate makers.  

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Organiser Caroline Ashford launched The Gin Queen in December 2013 to share her enthusiasm for gin and those who make it. She has been instrumental in putting Australian gin on the global map and has been recognised for her contributions to the gin community by being nominated for the 2023 Spirits Communicator Trophy by IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK) which will be announced in late September. 

Returning for 2022 after a brief hiatus, this celebration of gin has been a firm favourite with gin enthusiasts in London, Hamburg and Melbourne since it began eight years ago, with its unique meet-the-maker opportunity with the brands they know and love. Junipalooza celebrates the art of gin by giving gin lovers the chance to meet the distillers gaining expert insight into the process. 

There will be 50 different Australian and international craft distillers sharing well over a hundred different gins which can be tasted both neat and with tonic.  

Some of the well-known distillers include international favourites like Hernö (Sweden) and Hapusa (India), as well as Aussie legends including Four Pillars, Archie Rose Distilling Co, Never Never, Poor Toms, and Little Juniper Distilling. 


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Offering gin lovers the chance to meet their favourite distillers and newbies the chance to fall in love with the most creative of spirits, glasses won’t stay empty for long at this festival – each guest is given their very own keepsake tasting glass to take around the  show.

The Junipalooza team will also be stocking all the gins in an onsite shop at the event. Guests can purchase their favourite tipples at the Junipalooza shop to take home.  

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.

Junipalooza Melbourne  takes place at The Timber Yard (351 Plummer St, Port Melbourne) from October 21 to October 23. The festival runs Friday 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am-2pm & 4pm-8pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Tickets can be purchased here