The Australian Gin Distillers Association has two main activities. Firstly to co-ordinate and manage the Australian Gin Awards coupled with the Australian Gin Marketing Competition and secondly to plan, coordinate and manage large-scale public events featuring members’ products.
Membership: There is no paid membership. Distillers automatically become members when they take part in the Association’s activities.
The Awards: Our aim is to shine a light on the excellence of gin production and for the awards judges to concentrate on one spirit – GIN.
Any Australian and New Zealand gin distillery is eligible to enter their gin. Mikey Enright, Co Founder & Director of the Barrelhouse Group, based in Sydney, will Chair the Australian Gin Awards and there will be 12 senior judges.
The public events: 2019 We launched the Gin Palooza concept with two successful events in Sydney. 2020 despite being surrounded by Covid restrictions we managed to present the Sydney Christmas Gin Palooza to 41 distillers and 1800 gin lovers. In the same year we held the inaugural Canberra Gin Palooza at Pialligo Estate to a crowd of 1000.
These events have all been very successful with the distillers reporting significant sales figures.
2022 – 2023 saw sixteen major public events held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hunter Valley, Hobart, Canberra and Auckland.
2024 will see the continuation of these gin festivals with the addition of an extra gin festival in Melbourne’s St Kilda Town Hall.
In 2022 Gin Events Pty Ltd’s CEO Judith Kennedy appointed Kitty Wilson to the senior position of Festivals Executive and Kate Meyer is the Chair and CFO.