Inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival launches this May

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Australia’s spirits scene is on the brink of an exhilarating elevation with the announcement of the inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival. Set to unfold from 10-12 May 2024 at the splendid Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney Cove, this landmark event promises to be a confluence of spirits enthusiasts, industry experts, and world-renowned brands. With over 148 spirit brands on display, the festival is shaping up to be a monumental celebration of craftsmanship and culture in the world of spirits.

Among the festival’s highlights are two new masterclasses designed to intrigue and delight. The first is an exclusive exploration of Planteray Sealander Rum, led by the distinguished Grazia di Franco. Participants will be taken on a flavorful voyage through the unique rum profiles of Barbados, Mauritius, and Fiji, uncovering the nuanced tastes and traditions that define each. The second is a celebratory Espresso Martini masterclass on Mother’s Day, offered by Kendor Distillery. This engaging session offers a joyful blend of coffee culture and cocktail craft, making it an ideal gift to share with the remarkable mothers in your life.

The Sydney Spirits Festival is more than a gathering; it is an immersive experience that extends beyond tastings and masterclasses. Industry legends, including Tasmanian whisky pioneer Bill Lark and bourbon aficionado Gee David from Buffalo Trace Distillery, will share their insights and stories, enriching the festival with their profound knowledge and passion for spirit-making. The event also caters to the gastronomically adventurous, with an array of international cuisines and unique offerings like HUGO Vodka tastings paired with a Caviar Bump.

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With an array of sessions scheduled across three days, attendees are guaranteed an enriching and entertaining experience. The festival not only offers a chance to savour and discover but also to learn from the luminaries of the spirits world. Whether you’re a connoisseur, an enthusiast, or simply curious, this festival promises to enhance your appreciation of spirits and the artistry behind them.

As the festival date approaches, anticipation is high for what is set to be an unprecedented celebration in Sydney’s spirited landscape. With tickets already on sale, those interested are encouraged to secure their spots and gear up for a memorable exploration of tastes and tales. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Whether it’s for the love of spirits, a unique Mother’s Day celebration, or simply the joy of discovery, the Sydney Spirits Festival is poised to become a not-to-be-missed event on Australia’s cultural calendar.