Get ready to lean in and smell the roses, because a multi-day festival celebrating the turn of the weather and the beginning of the wonderful gin & tonic season is hitting Sydney in late September.
Blooming out in the rose garden of Sydney’s Centennial Parklands over September 27 – 29, the new Gin & Tonic Festival will play host to around 30 local and international tipples, as well as spoils from food trucks, gourmet hampers, live music, and plenty of space to lay down a picnic blanket and soak in some much-needed Vitamin D.
Set to be a real weekender full of the finest botanicals hosted by the folks at Fever-Tree Tonic, the Gin & Tonic Festival plans to have a ‘Gin Village’ where local spirit-makers like Four Pillars Distillery, Adelaide Hills Distillery, West Winds, Melbourne Gin Co, Distillery Botanica, and Never Never Distilling Co will be slinging their best sippers alongside international gin giants like Hendricks, Beefeater, Tanqueray, Spismith, and more.
If you’re a bit peckish, or fiending for a healthy cheese board while you throw back some of the Queen’s finest, you can also pick up a picnic hamper filled with a bunch of seasonal local produce, cheeses, and other treats.
The festival goes through to the evening as well, so if you time it right you could end up knocking back a classic g&t while watching the sunset over the city. By late September the days are getting longer, and there’s not much better than a balmy evening as the dusk settles in.
Early bird tickets for the gin & tonic fest will set you back a neat $55 (they go up $10 if you’re too slow), but it also includes six little gin & tonic tasters, and a spot on the proverbial picnic blanket. Grab them over on the festival’s website.