20TH, 21st & 22nd October 2023
Junipalooza Melbourne, hosted in partnership with The Gin Queen, is the hottest ticket on the Australian Gin scene, with dozens of distillers gathering under one roof to share their wares with the vanguard of thirsty gin enthusiasts.
The festival is a tribute to Gin, made by people who love it, starring people who make it and filled to the brim with curious minds proffering empty glasses.
They don’t stay empty for long – each guest is given their very own keepsake tasting glass to take around the show. There will be over 50 different distillers sharing well over a hundred different gins between them and you’ll be able to stop by whichever ones take your fancy and try their gins both neat and with tonic.
Junipalooza is a meet the maker festival. That means either the distiller, founder or owner has to be there in person – we want you to be able to meet the people that put everything they have into the gins they make. We want you to be able to see their passion with your own eyes and gain some real context about the world of Gin.
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.
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.
Meet TheSE DISTILLERS
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.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be over the age of 18 to enter Junipalooza. Junipalooza security operates a challenge 25 policy on the door and will need to see either a valid drivers licence or passport if ID is requested.
Please note that although the sessions close at 21.00 on Friday, 15.00 & 20.00 on the Saturday, and at 16.00 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?
Please plan ahead to arrive in time for your Junipalooza session. There is no onsite parking and under no circumstance should you drink and drive so we would urge you to seek public transport or taxi options. More information can be found here: Melbourne Showgrounds
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 fantastic 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, Melbourne Showgrounds does 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.
I can’t attend any longer – can I get a refund?
We understand this can happen and in principal this is fine - we will issue a refund. However, please note that we operate on a 30 days refund policy prior to event start date. After this point, all tickets are non refundable regardless of the reason.
Please also note that with a purchase of a ticket you agree to be photographed by our professional photographer. These images will solely be used for the promotion of the festival.