NEW VENUE: University of Canberra UC Refectory, Building 1. 11 Kirinari Street Bruce ACT.

Gin-gle all the way to the 2023 Christmas Gin Festival in Canberra! 2-3 December.

Oh what fun it is to taste your way around the room!

50 Aussie Craft Distillers will be bringing around 200 tasty gin products to the festival for you to sip, sample and savour. All gin drinks are included in the ticket price and you will be given a tote bag for all of your Christmas purchases. A range of tasty food including a Christmas lunch theme will also be available for purchase.

Why is gin the Christmas drink of choice in Australia?

In the spirit of Christmas, Australians have embraced gin not only for its taste but also for its ability to bring people together. Sharing a well-made gin cocktail becomes an experience that encourages conversations, laughter, and a sense of togetherness, embodying the spirit of the holiday season. As the sun shines brightly and temperatures rise, the choice of gin as the quintessential Christmas drink in Australia underscores a delightful blend of taste, tradition, and the joy of celebrating in a distinctively Australian way.

Tasting Sessions

Saturday 2 December
12.00pm – 3.00pm
Saturday 2 December
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Sunday 3 December
12.00pm – 3.00pm

Buy a Bundle and Save!

2 Ticket Mates Bundle

Sunday 3rd December. 12pm – 3pm Session.

$55 per person

4 Ticket Friends Bundle

Sunday 3rd December. 12pm – 3pm Session.

$50 per person

8 Ticket Party Bundle

Sunday 3rd December. 12pm – 3pm Session.

$40 per person

Get your friends or work collegues together and organise your Christmas party at the Canberra Christmas Gin Festival this year.

Tasting session tickets include:

  • 55 Distillers to meet

  • 200+ Gins to taste
  • Tote bags for your purchases

  • 3 Hour Tasting Sessions

Tasty foods by uc Global Kitchen

Global Kitchen will be serving up a special menu for the Christmas Gin Festival.

Taste along with the Distiller

Turner Stillhouse Founder and Distiller Justin Turner is an American in Tasmania. Originally from Northern California Justin married a Tasmanian from a multi-generational farming family and has since cultivated an obsession with Tasmanian spirits and food. The family-owned and operated winery also produces brandy and other spirits – so distilling is in his blood and Three Cuts Gin is his leading brand.

In this Masterclass for 30 guests Justin will expertly take you through the history of the Turner Stillhouse distillery where you will learn firsthand how they produce their multi-award winning Three Cuts Gin. He will take you through a tasting of the range and explain how they differ and what makes them special.

Saturday 2nd December 3pm-4pm.

Justin will prepare and share his favourite gin cocktail recipe with you using Three Cuts with Long Rays Tonic, along with a small plate of Tasmanian cheese to match the cocktail.
$120 includes the following three hour tasting session. Book here .

What you can expect at the festival

Meet the distillers and hear their stories. They are all passionate about their craft and they love to interact with their customers. You will learn some tricks of the trade and get some mini masterclasses in mixology.

Each tasting session is 3 hours. This gives you plenty of time to pace yourself and to taste as many gin flavours and brands as you can handle over the session without over doing it. Some gins are poured neat with no more than 10mL of gin although Long Rays mixers (Tonics and Sodas) and ice are available should you wish to add a mixer to your drink. So get your palate ready for a Christmas feast of gin.

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Buy Tickets

Gin lovers in Canberra can expect to get their festive season of to a great start with the news that the Canberra Gin Festival will be held in the University of Canberra buildings on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023.

With 3 separate tasting sessions over the two-day event there is ample opportunity to come along and sample a selection of over 200 craft gins produced by over 50 distillers from all around the country. Gins with imaginative and exciting flavours can be tasted on their own or if you prefer with complimentary Long Rays Tonic or Soda.

The Gin Events three-hour tasting sessions will be Saturday 2nd, with lunchtime sessions on Saturday and Sunday too, and for the real gin afficionados who would like to learn about the production of gin, and making of cocktails, there will be limited places to take a 1-hour masterclass with Justin Turner, the founder of Turner Stillhouse, producers of the excellent Three Cuts Gin. Justin will create his personal favourite gin cocktails, which of course will be available to taste. This class will take place between the two tasting sessions on Saturday.

If you like the idea of taking part in some gin tasting in Canberra just before Christmas, why not hook up with friends and family to take advantage of the great savings that you can make when booking multiple tickets? The Canberra Gin Festival is an ideal social gathering and perfect for an early Christmas party!