Sip and savour at the inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival

Sydney spirits festival

Sydney is gearing up for a spectacular event that promises to be a treat for the senses—the inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival.


From May 10-12, 2024, the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Sydney Cove will transform into a haven for spirit enthusiasts and curious connoisseurs alike. With 148 brands on display, the Sydney Spirits Festival is set to become the largest and most diverse gathering of its kind in Australia, showcasing an extraordinary array of spirits that spans the globe.


Lark Classic Cask. Image: Sydney Spirits Festival.


Spirited away

This festival is not just an event; it’s an odyssey for your taste buds. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore 148 brands featuring whisky, gin, soju, schnapps, rum, agave, vodka, vermouth, grappa, tequila, liqueurs, fortified wines, and more. It’s a tantalising journey into the world of exotic tastes and rare finds.

From German and Japanese gin to American peanut butter whisky, Greek vermouth, Brazilian cachaça, and Australian gold medal-winning negronis – this is a unique chance to discover and fall in love with spirits that may have been previously hidden from your palate.


Mikey Enright. Image: Sydney Spirits Festival.



Meet the masters

The stars of the spirits world will grace the festival, adding a touch of glamour and expertise. Tasmania’s very own Bill Lark, fondly known as the “Godfather of Whisky,” will be present at stand 7, offering samples and signing bottles. Joining the line-up is Gee David from Buffalo Trace Distillery, an American bourbon expert pouring samples of their world-famous bourbon. Mikey Enright of Hickson House will showcase his award-winning gin and whisky, while Ester Spirits, led by Corinna and Felix, will introduce attendees to their innovative negroni styles and new Cane Rum.


Bill Lark. Image: Sydney Spirits Festival.



Culinary delights

Beyond the spirits, the festival promises a feast for the palate with a variety of culinary experiences. HUGO exclusive VODKA offers tastings and a special caviar bump with every bottle purchase. Delight in a diverse selection of international cuisines, including Japanese noodles, Mexican tacos, gourmet oysters, and more. For those in need of a break, the Schibello Coffee Café provides a serene spot overlooking Sydney Harbour, offering brandy cannoli and premium coffee.


Ester Distillery. Image: Sydney Spirits Festival.



Immerse yourself

The festival is thoughtfully organised into five engaging 3-hour sessions, each offering a unique experience. With all spirit samples included in the ticket price, attendees can explore and savour without limits. Complimentary tote bags and tasting glasses add an extra touch of luxury, while six food stands feature gourmet treats designed to complement popular spirits.

For enthusiasts seeking a deeper dive into the world of spirits, exclusive masterclasses on Bourbon, Whisky, Gin, Rum, Vermouth, and Negroni are available at an additional cost of $40, limited to 40 tickets per class.

Session Schedule and Ticket Information

General Tasting Sessions are priced at $80 per person, with an extra 30 minutes on Friday. For those seeking a premium experience, Premium Any Session tickets are available for $120.

Session Schedule:

  • Friday, 10 May: 5.30pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, 11 May: 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm / 6pm – 9pm
  • Sunday, 12 May: 11am – 2pm

Tickets can be purchased at here.

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