3 Dec 2015

Juniperlooza - Melbourne Gin Festival 2015

Adventures
Gin Festival

Melbourne got a new festival! The best kind of festival, a GIN FESTIVAL!



Juniperlooza is Australia's first ever gin festival. Set on Federation Wharf it is the brain child of the ladies and gents behind Riverland and Pilgrim. If you were one of the unlucky many that missed out on a ticket here is a glimpse into the deliciousness that was Juniperlooza.

Gin Festival Melbourne

We arrived at the festival bang on opening time to secure a prime drinking, eating and observing position. Our eagerness paid off and we got a table fit for two tucked away from the main crowd and with an incredible view.

Arts Centre View

Melbourne Gin Festival

After purchasing our drink tokens we kicked the day off with a traditional Gin & Tonic and a side of oysters, 3 ways. The gin providers were also offering tastings of each brew, definitely not a festival to drive to which makes it being bang in the middle of the city pure genius.

Melbourne Gin Festival
Tokens were $7 each. A G&T would set you back 1 token whilst a 'Signature Cocktail' from the distiller was 2 tokens. A very generous price for local small batch spirits.

Melbourne Gin Festival
Blind Tiger Gin & Tonic - smooth and refreshing
Melbourne Gin Festival
Fresh shucked Pacific oysters from Pilgrim Bar: 1 Natural, 1 Tom Collins granita & 1 Red Snapper
Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival


Next we moved on to Lobster Rolls and Soft Shell Crab Burgers from Riverland Bar, and sipped on a Hibiscus Gin & Tonics by Bass & Flinders Distillery. My favourite of the two was the Lobster Roll. It was light and fresh with the flavour of the lobster shining through and a perfectly toasted roll. Husband preferred the Soft Shell Crab Burger which was much richer in flavour.

Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

To round out our food intake for the day (as if we hadn't had enough already) we tried the prawn rice paper rolls and Popcorn from Bang Bang. And our dessert stomaches were calling for South Side and Gin&Tonic sorbet from Popstic, made with The West Winds Gin.

Melbourne Gin Festival

Prawn Rice Paper Rolls and Popcorn: kaffir &chilli, fish sauce caramel. I could eat kilos of that popcorn.
Melbourne Gin Festival


Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

Popstic Gin Sorbet
South Side sweet and minty on top, G&T on the bottom. The gin and tonic sorbet tasted like a legitimate G&T just frozen, yum.
We then delved into the world of Blackberry Gin & Tonic and Bramble by Gin Palace, both using Ransom Dry Gin.

Gin Palace Melbourne

Melbourne Gin Festival

Dabbled in The Botanist Sloe.

Melbourne Gin Festival

Melbourne Gin Festival

And finished off the day with the signature cocktail by our tried and true Melbourne Gin Company. MGC is my all time favourite gin that I have tried to date. I'm not very good at describing the complex flavours of things so here's what Broadsheet had to say about our local brew {click here}

Juniperlooza
'Collins Street'
We had an amazing time at Juniperlooza. It was like the organisers sat down at a table and said 'What don't we like about the food and drink festivals we've been to?' - Over crowding - long lines - understaffed - too expensive - And then ensured that NONE of those things happened at Australia's First Gin Festival. Bravo to all involved. The Husband and I can't wait for Juniperlooza to roll around again next year.


❤M

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