Sydney’s ultimate Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival has just announced a few Australian firsts with a line-up of new gins never officially tasted in the country before. Set within the gorgeous Rose Gardens in Centennial Parklands, festival goers will be able to try for the very first time Archie Rose Inside + Outside Gin, Hendrick’s Gin Midsummer Solstice Gin, NZ’s Scapegrace Black Gin plus two new seasonal Fever-Tree tonics, Cucumber and Clementine Tonic Water. These brand-new products form part of a line-up of more than 100 gins and drinks on offer from 40 Australian and international distillers over the three-day weekend, from 27 –29 September.
Also, for those wanting to really extend their knowledge of gin and get up close and personal with distillers, the Festival has just released the line-up of masterclasses to run over the Festival weekend. Be quick, these sessions will go fast:
Masterclass highlights include:
Spice Up Your Gin and Tonic: Adelaide Hills Distillery invites you to change your gin game forever. Join them in a sensory masterclass where you will learn the craft of blending gin
Native Australian Ingredients Are Go: Go on a journey with bush food champion and distiller Eddie Brook of Brookie’s Gin. Learn and taste your way through unique Aussie flavours and learn how to use these incredible native ingredients to pimp your gin and tonic.
Friday Night Knock-offs: Get the weekend party started with James Irvine of Four Pillars Gin who will show you how to build three fabulous Friday night gin drinks with Fever-Tree as your hero.
Cheese and Gin and Tonic – a match made in heaven: how to pair your favourite cheese and G&T with The Gin Queen.
The Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival kick starts on Friday, 27 September from 4pm with Chopper REEDS Fat Freddy’s Drop DJ set headlining later that night, so alongside super gin drinks, gourmet food trucks and a Four Pillars Gin Pig sausage sizzle, festival goers will also be able to dance along to some great spring vibes.
GIN VILLAGE & DISCOVERY
Local and international distillers will showcase their best in the Gin Village, including local favourites Archie Rose Distilling Co., Four Pillars Gin, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Never Never Distilling Co., West Winds, Melbourne Gin Co., Manly Spirits Co., Distillery Botanica and international gins including Hendrick’s, Tanqueray, Hayman’s of London, Pinkster, Beefeater, Whitley Neil, and Japan’s Ki No Bi. Mr Black, Australia’s favourite coffee liqueur, will provide a gin alternative.
The Festival will also showcase the best in non-alcoholic botanical spirits including CEDER’s, a non-alcoholic distilled gin and Lyre’s, an Aussie range of crafted non-alcoholic spirits, both just released. Of course, Fever-Tree’s full range of mixers are available to be enjoyed on their own or at the stand-alone, ultimate Fever-Tree bars throughout the Festival.
Kick-back and enjoy the live music line-up throughout the weekend at the Fever-Tree Main Stage, all with a gin and tonic in hand. There will also be a picnic area and chill-out zone to unwind and enjoy the day, along with games and entertainment including Giant Jenga, chess and Connect 4, as well as bean bags and hula hoops.
Picnic hampers will be available to pre-order or purchase on the day including prawns, oysters, antipasto and cheese hampers plus gourmet food trucks will be scattered throughout the gardens. Expect Sydney favourites Nighthawk Diner, Taco Hawk and Agape Organic dishing up delicious eats. Head also to Four Pillars Gin for their first Gin Pig sausage sizzle in Sydney. Mr Goaty Gelato will be creating a bespoke gin and tonic-infused gelato especially for the Festival.
Curated by Fever-Tree mixers, the Festival aims to highlight the wonderful world of modern gin and tonic and introduce Sydneysiders to their perfect gin and tonic pairings. With gin sales at an all-time high in Australia at 32% growth, it is the fastest growing category in alcoholic beverages, and the surge in popularity of the humble gin and tonic is unquestionable.
The Gin & Tonic Festival is the perfect day out to enjoy with friends and family – all that’s needed is a picnic blanket to sit back and taste the finest gin and tonics on offer in Australia. Purchase tickets now before they’re sold out.
Location: Rose Gardens, Dickens Drive, Centennial Park
Dates: Friday, 27 September – Sunday, 29 September
Times: Friday: 4 – 10pm
Saturday: 2 – 9pm
Sunday: 2 – 8pm
General admission: $65 + booking fee
Ticket includes entry to The Fever-Tree Gin & Tonic Festival, six mini G&Ts worth $20, live music, entertainment plus complimentary G&T discovery sessions and demonstrations.
Masterclasses: Select your preferred date for tickets and further info on available masterclasses.