Festival tonic for gin distillers

TASMANIA’S premier spirit festival and the state’s only dedicated gin festival celebrates its fifth event, bigger and better than ever in January 2022.

Gin-uary organiser Nicole Fisher said the Tasmanian Festival will be held on January 8-9 at the Goods Shed, Hobart.

Ruby Daly said with her Boomer Bay distillery Hellfire Bluff being involved since the first Gin-uary five years ago she had seen amazing growth in the festival.

“Every year we go there’s new distillers, new products and it just shows how big the Tasmanian gin market is,” said Ms Daly.

Ms Fisher said Gin-uary was a chance to try award-winning gin as well as new products from new distillers.
“Gin-uary was created with the support of major sponsor 9/11, to celebrate Tasmania’s budding gin industry, where we are now celebrated across Australia and around the world for our high-quality, locally made product,” Ms Fisher said. “Gin-uary is now in its fifth year and is a crucial event for the Tasmanian spirits industry.
“Gin-uary gives Tasmanian distillers national exposure and offers local and interstate consumers the opportunity to sample a huge variety of well-known, as well as new and exclusive, Tasmanian gins.”

Ms Fisher said festival attendees will engage with and learn from about 30 local distillers, creating social and emotional connections to the product.

As well as Hellfire Bluff other local distilleries involved in Gin-uary include Dunalley Bay and McHenry Distillery from Port Arthur.

“Gin-uary is designed to provide an enlightening experience which showcases the passion and the spirit of the distilleries.
“Each year, our audience has grown, from 1200 people in 2018 to almost 2000 in 2021.
“Gin-uary 2021 will be open to more than 2000 people across three four-hour sessions, held over two days.”

Ms Fisher said there will be a variety of food vendors as well as the Gin-uary bar slinging cocktails and this year will feature a VIP lounge.

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