Juniperlooza 2016 (Invited)

Friday, December 09, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Juniperlooza come back once again for the second year. Last year, it had a successful event an known as Australia first ever Gin festival. Held in the same location as last year at Pilgrim Bar and Federation Wharf Riverland. I was also invited to Juniperlooza last year.

I attend the Saturday even this year and the vibe was exactly the same. Fun, relax, chill yet vibrant in the same time. Everybody was friendly, laughing and enjoying their time. This is what I love the most from Juniperlooza last year. This year they amped it up with a total 20 gin stall, 3 food stall, Dirty Martini Lounge, Mt Zero Olives, Popstick Ice Cream, Talk & Taste Session and of course just like last year they had plenty of entertainment walking around such as mini marching band, magician and many more.

There were many Gin vendors from last year that decided to come back and participate into this festivity such as Four Pillars Gin, Blind Tiger Gin, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Kangaroo Island Spirits, Archie Rose Distillery Co, The West Winds Gin. 

There were also some new Gin vendors mixing in the crowd such as Husk Distillers, Prohibition Gin, Rogue Society & Hayman, DODD'S, Jensen's & Santamania, Ounce Gin, Animus Distillery. It was a tough choice and it's impossible to try them all. The Husk purple gin was one of the most popular drink of the day.

And there were plenty more to browse or have a taste; Gin Mare, East London Liquor Co, Hobart No. 4, Melbourne Gin Company, The Grove Distillery, Distillery Botanica, Bass & Flinders Company, The Botanist. This is overwhelming in an awesome way.

We stop by Riverland Main Kitchen to grab some snacks; Old-bay popcorn chicken, ranch sauce ($10) and New England mini lobster rolls, salt 'n' vinegar crisps ($12). Love the popcorn chicken but the lobster roll was a bit cold.

Pilgrim Bar and Riverland Seafood Bar also serving a great variations of food without clashing at each other. Riverland Seafood Bar displayed their seafood on top of an ice then grilled it right in front of you, there were some fresh oyster as well and gin match perfectly with it.

It was another successful year, definitely still one of my favourite festival to go to. Maybe next year they could expand it and add some more gin creation involving food, dessert and merchandise. I'm looking forward for the next Juniperlooza already.

Federation Wharf
Melbourne, VIC 3000
November 19-20
Pre ordered - $25
At the door - $35