We have good news!
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!
Over the coming weeks, we will announce the full line up of Ginsmiths, release a floor plan as well as make the show guide available digitally ahead of time so that you can plan your journey and your Junipalooza experience. All of this information will also be available here!
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Caroline, Emile & Olivier
26th & 27th October
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 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 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. Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 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 experiential rooms, 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.
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Are you looking to plan your journey and cannot wait for Junipalooza Melbourne?!
We can't either so we've made it easy for you to check out all the returning and new Gin exhibitors by publishing the floorplan above. We have also made a digital copy of our showguide available to download here:
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. The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre security operates a challenge 25 policy on the door and will need to see either a drivers licence or passport if ID is requested.
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?
Casino/MCEC/Clarendon St station is a 1 minute walk from the venue. More information can be found here: MCEC
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 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 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.