Love gin? You need to know about this virtual gin festival

Nothing can stop an Aussie gin-lover, not even COVID.

This week Australia’s largest gin festival, Junipalooza was cancelled. Instead of crying into their tonic, thousands of gin-lovers are now signing up for a virtual festival – GinNation.

From the comfort of your lounge chair or poolside towel, you can taste 60 craft gins from 24 distillers on virtual stands.

In 2020, Chamaine Lovett and Suzan Temizer founded Gin Birds an online gin-tasting company that aimed to help distillers reach gin-lovers through lockdown.

Lovett says the response to their two-day GinNation festival, in partnership with Fever-Tree tonic, has been “phenomenal”.

“We discovered gin enthusiasts in remote and regional areas, those unable to access in-person events were delighted to now have access to a festival experience,” she said.

How does it work?

First you need to register for the GinNation festival online.

Each ticket includes a festival box of 60 gins and 12 Fever Tree tonics. The box also has some secret goodies and a full two days of online entertainment through Zoom.

The GinNation tasting box

Once you have the box you can log onto the digital festival on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31.

Fever-Tree will open the event with a mixology experience.

Limited tickets are available to join distillers such as Prohibition Liquor, Never Never Distilling, Hendricks, Manly Spirits Co, Patient Wolf Distilling, Wolf Lane Distillery and Australian Distilling Co.

Visit the virtual exhibition stands to learn about each gin and the best way to drink it.

Gin Nation online gin festival

Exclusive discount

Vacations & Travel readers can score $20 off the GinNation experience.

Simply enter the code VT20 at the checkout.

Make sure you invite your friends.

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