about the festival


Launching Jacaranda Gin Festival, coming to Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane on Saturday 20th October.

As Spring is in full bloom and the jacarandas begin to paint the streets with colour, there is no better time to enjoy the beauty of gin surrounded by botanicals in Brisbane.

Join in the celebration at the inaugural Jacaranda Gin Festival on Saturday 20th October 2018 in King Street, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane in partnership with Welcome to Bowen Hills and Swill Gin Bar. Enjoy Australia’s newest gin festival as it takes over King Street and taste gin direct from the best of Australian and International distillers (over 25 and counting!) alongside a day of gin festivities.

With two festival sessions designed to delight the afternoon or smooth your way through the evening, plus a VIP option for those who want the full gin-sider experience, the only question is which gin to taste first. Enjoy the flavours of Spring across a series of interactive gin stalls, bar areas or at cocktail stations around the festival. Paired with bites from Brisbane’s best food trucks or bites from the foodie hotspots in King Street, there will be delicious flavours to enjoy all day.

Taking the fun home from Jacaranda Gin Festival will be easy, just order from our online partner The Gin Boutique (with 71 Australian, 31 International and 35 Mixers on offer) and have your favourites delivered to your door. On the main stage, there will be more entertainment, with Brisbane’s hottest DJs on deck, plus demonstrations and discussions with the bloggers, experts and figureheads behind the gin craze.

The excitement continues as tickets are now on sale, giving three options to patrons wanting to experience Jacaranda Gin Festival. Starting with the Jacaranda Gin Club, guests can enjoy a welcome cocktail and tastings of their favourite gin from the best Australian and International distillers. Jacaranda Gin Lounge is the place to be for access to the delights of Welcome to Bowen Hills, with a private food truck area, separate bar access and seating area. The VIP Jacaranda Gin Club is where one can spend all day being treated to the best cocktails, gin tastings and fine food at Swill Gin Bar, a luxurious private space right in thick of the action.

Following the gin mania that has pervaded bars and bottle shops all year, Spring is now the time to celebrate one of the world’s most fragrant, versatile and treasured spirits with a festival of beautiful botanicals and inspiring drinks. The gin industry in Australia has continued to push the boundaries with a plethora of local craft gin distillers and influencers bringing unique flavours and new ways to enjoy gin to the table. Jacaranda Gin Festival is set to shake up the gin scene as the biggest gin gathering in Australia to date.

For the gin connoisseurs, fizz fanatics, liquor lovers and the movers and shakers of town, there is no better place to drink and play this Spring than Jacaranda Gin Festival.

Thankyou to partners King Street, Lendlease, Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kinetic, Welcome to Bowen Hills, Swill Bar, Rydges Fortitude Valley and Flight Centre for supporting Brisbane’s exploding hospitality and craft gin industry. The official charity partner for the festival is Hummingbird House.