We are very sorry to announce that the September Sydney Gin Palooza has been Postponed.

Yesterday morning I was notified that NSW Health regulations regarding Covid-19 now instructs us that the Sydney Gin Palooza 4 & 5 September cannot proceed with more than 150 people present.

Ten minutes later I dismantled the ticket sales on our web site and also on eventbrite. The note read Sold Out as I was waiting for more details and needed a while to consider the position.

We had submitted a lengthy Covid Safety Plan, and an Alcohol Management Plan and were assured by the venue CEO that we could proceed despite pubs and clubs being restricted to 150 people.

However things abruptly changed in NSW and for your safety and the safety of the distillers and the people of greater Sydney, we starting dismantling the plans, advising the distillers, the suppliers and now you the ticket holders.

There are no refunds. However your tickets are valid for the same sessions at the ICC Sydney on Friday and Saturday 4 & 5 December for the planned CHRISTMAS GIN PALOOZA.

We are all sad given the time, effort and cost of building up to the event however we have no alternative but to postpone and move on.
Please be safe, live within the government guidelines and we will meet in December.

Judith Kennedy AM

Australian Gin Distillers Association Inc. 1/08/2020



It’s GIN Season – we can’t wait to see you Sydney!


The Covid Safe environment will give you the opportunity to approach any of the 33 Distillers and ask them to prepare you a G&T. You may have several drinks as there are no coupons at this show.  Select your drinks, chat to the Distillers, purchase some of the gourmet mini meals and enjoy the cafe atmosphere. Go back for another G&T and select the gin you would like to purchase for take home. Make your choices from 170 gins made up with Artisan tonic. Bottle sales for take home. All ticket holders will receive free Schibello coffee for when you are taking a break in between G&Ts.

FINAL RELEASE TICKETS available now. Don’t miss out!


Learn from the expert, keep the crystal glass and receive automatic entry into the Gin Palooza. Sponsored by Moore’s Dry Gin and The Farmer’s Wife Autumn Gin and Artisan Drinks Co Premium mixers..

Tutor:  Leading Bartender Mikey Enright of Barber Shop (World’s Best Gin Bar 2020) fame.
Date: Saturday 5 September 2020
Time: 11.30am – 12.30am + Palooza afterwards
Where: Master Class Room, Level 2, The Gallery, ICC
Cost: $150 +GST (Includes entry into the 1pm Palooza).


  • Gorgeous Gin Cocktail on arrival
  • History of gin and why this spirit is in the best cocktails
  • Bartender secrets for your home bar
  • Mikey introduces Artisan Tonic
  • What is the basic bar kit?
  • Mikey demonstrates classic bartending techniques
  • Cocktail and glass for take-away.
  • Immediate entry into the 1pm Gin Palooza

Who is Mikey Enright? FIND OUT >>

Cancellation Policy. We never cancel an event, we postpone if there is an insurmountable problem. All tickets are then valid for the next Palooza. Our next one is the Christmas Gin Palooza 4 & 5 December at the ICC.



Tutor: Eddie Brook. Head Distiller / Co-Founder at Cape Byron Distillery
Date: Saturday 5 September 2020
Time: 4.30pm
Where: Master Class Room, Level 2, The Gallery, ICC
Followed by: The 5.30pm session of the Sydney Gin Palooza
Cost: $150 +GST (Includes entry into the Palooza).
Sponsors: Artisan Drinks Co and Tomkin Australia glassware.

Features: Cocktail on arrival made with Eddie’s dry gin and Artisan premium tonic. Who is Eddie? He explains a brief history of the Cape Byron Distillery and making a gin to embody a place plus the unique botanicals he harvests from his very own forest. Hear why the forest botanicals are so important to his gin. Follow his methods and make your own cocktail while he demonstrates a classic method G&T. Take your cocktail with you into the Palooza at the end of the session and keep the crystal glass. Tasty slider and gift bottle of tonic included.

The Universal meaning of Palooza is Fun-Filled festival of Gin. True! You all know that GIN is now the IN drink and that the variations of the G&T or Gin cocktail are endless. We will be welcoming 33 distillers to bring their craft gins into Sydney to share with you.  And yes you can buy bottles for take home.

The 35 distilling companies coming to the 2020 Sydney Gin Palooza are: This list will be updated closer to the event date.

Ambleside, Barossa Distilling, Darby-Norris, Garden Grown, Ironbark Gin,  Martin Distillation Company, Newy Distillery, Parrot Distilling, Settlers Spirits,    The Wishbone Spirits, Ambleside Distillers,  Banks and Solander, Big River, Unexpected Guest Distillery, Cape Byron, Distillery Botanica, The Gin Boutique, Imperial Measures, Karu Distillers, Manly Spirits, Natural Distilling Co., Never Never, Earp Distilling, Needle & Pin spirits, Prohibition Liquor Co, South Coast Distillery, Southern Wild, Stony Creek, Taylor and Smith, The Farmers Wife, Twenty Third Street Distillery Street, Wildspirit Distilling Co, Wolf Lane Distillery, Giniversity,

Our Sponsors

Responsible Service of Alcohol practices will be observed. Refund policy: There are no refunds however you can give your ticket to a friend and or you can use it at a future Sydney Gin Palooza – next one is the CHRISTMAS GIN PALOOZA scheduled for 4 & 5 December 2020. Enquiries: cassie@australianginawards.com.au