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Masterclasses

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Masterclasses

BUFFALO TRACE COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS

Home of the world’s most prized bourbon.

Join brand ambassador and bourbon expert extraordinaire Gee David for an all-American whiskey masterclass from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

For nearly 250 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been defined by a dedication to one craft: making fine bourbon whiskey. By honoring tradition and embracing change, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirit makers of the world and is now the world’s most awarded distillery.

Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery is the oldest continually operating distillery in the US, and has never compromised.

This deep amber whiskey has a complex aroma of vanilla, mint and molasses. Pleasantly sweet to the taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that give way to oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise. This whiskey finishes long and smooth with serious depth.

Friday 10 May 5:00 – 5:30pm. Mezzanine Level 2 – $120.00 Includes the following 3 hour tasting session.

PLANTERAY – World’s First Sealander Rum Masterclass!

Join our masterclass featuring Planteray Rum’s revolutionary Sealander release hosted by Asia Pacific Planteray Brand Ambassador Grazia di Franco.

Delve into the journey of this world-first rum, traversing three oceans and embracing the essence of Barbados, Mauritius, and the Fiji Islands by discovering each single rum in his uniqueness. Discover the unique personalities of each terroir as we deconstruct the blend, unravelling the secrets behind Sealander’s exceptional taste. From three oceans to your glass, experience the craftsmanship and flavour profiles that make Sealander truly special.

Includes:

  • Unveiling of the Planteray Sealander Rum – A World’s First
  • Taste through the 3 Sealander Terroirs, Barbados, Mauritius and Fiji. These rums have been shipped straight from the cask!
  • A blend your own Sealander experience allowing ticket holders to utilise the 3 terroirs to create a rum to their individual taste profile preferences.

About Grazia

With a vibrant mix of Swedish and Sicilian heritage, Grazia Di Franco has ventured across the globe, leaving her mark on the international bar scene. From Italy to Miami, Amsterdam to Sydney, she has embarked on a journey driven by her passion for exploration and discovery.

Grazia’s exceptional talent and dedication have garnered industry recognition. During her time in Amsterdam, she showcased her exceptional skills and was crowned the Strega Liquor Modern Mixing Champion of 2016. Following her success, Grazia joined the team at PS40 Sydney and later took on the role of Creative Director at Bartolo Wine Room, an Italian cocktail bar and restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney.

For the past 5 years, Grazia has served as the Brand Ambassador for Mancino Vermouth and Rinomato Aperitivo, traveling globally to spread the aperitivo culture and lead the creative aspects of the brand. Now based in Singapore, Grazia continues her adventure in the world of craft spirits, sharing her love and knowledge of Maison Ferrand across the Southeast Asia region.

Friday 10 May 5:00 – 5:30pm. Mezzanine Level 2 – $120.00 Includes the following 3 hour tasting session.

BILL LARK Two of his Best WHISKY MASTERCLASS

Enjoy a dram or two with the award-winning Godfather of Australian Whisky, Bill Lark. Explore the rich history & flavours of LARK’s award-winning Classic Cask whisky, an approachable single malt with a complex edge. Finish with LARK’s Tasmanian Peated, a lighter way to enjoy peated whisky using peat from LARK’s very own spot in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. Your samples are matched to a Sydney Rock Oyster.

Visit Bill upstairs on Stand 7 after the class where he is signing bottles.

Friday 10 May 5:00 – 5:30pm. SOLD OUT

Saturday 11 May 1:30 – 2:00pm. SOLD OUT

ESTER SPIRITS NEGRONI – The Journey

Let Ester Spirits’ Head Distiller Felix Clark take you on a journey into the world of the Negroni. He will steer you deep into the bittersweet aperativo. Hear history, serving suggestions and taste a few different iterations of our favourite drink! Firstly Ester’s award winning gold medal Negroni, recognised Australia-wide and Internationally. We will then move into an all Australian iteration using his new bitter aperitif, and to finish, a White Negroni, the delicious clear libation. Felix suggested a tasty salami as a match.

Saturday 11 May 1:30 – 2:00pm. Mezzanine Level 2 – SOLD OUT

VERMOUTH Italian and Spanish – compare the two

Cucielo white Vermouth from Italy has subtle notes of crisp apple, pomegranate and Elderflower giving you the beauty of nature in a bottle. How does it compare with the Spanish Padro Vermouth which is aged to perfection with a carefully balanced array of botanicals. Each bottle is its own sensorial adventure. Julian Rowell from Aperitivo Importers will take you on this magical masterclass in Vermouth. A small slice of bread and Italian cheese will complete the taste sensations.

Visit Julian upstairs at Aperitivo on stand 56.

Saturday 11 May 5:30 – 6:00pm. Mezzanine Level 2 – $120.00 Includes the following 3 hour tasting session.

GINS OF THE WORLD Masterclass

Embark on a juniper-fuelled journey across the world that will tantalise the tastebuds. The chance to sample the native botanicals from the Black Forest of Germany, the sundrenched Italian coast and the iconic flavours of Kyoto, Japan. Be prepared for some masterful storytelling on how this incredible spirit category came to be what it is today- all brought to life through some of the world’s highly awarded gin brands: Malfy Gin, Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry gin and KI NO BI Gin.

Monkey 47 is one of the most famous, award-winning gins in the world and this is your chance to taste it
KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin is a gin that speaks of its birthplace. A fresh aroma that lingers like the morning mist in a bamboo forest.
Malfy Gin is a premium Italian Gin distilled with fine botanicals that has quickly made a name for itself as one of the top purveyors of citrus-forward gin.

Saturday 11 May 5:30 – 6:00pm. SOLD OUT.

HAVE FUN with BUMBU RUM

Taste along with Justin Strzadala. Enjoy three Bumbu rums and a signature cocktail.

An authentic Caribbean legend, our flagship Original Bumbu is blended from fine Barbados rum and hand-selected spices that evoke the rich and colourful history of the West Indies. Distilled in small batches and blended by hand, BUMBU reveals its heritage and craftsmanship with every sip.

  • Bumbu Original / Bumbu Yacht Club
  • Bumbu XO / Bumbu XO Toffee Old Fashioned
  • Bumbu cream chilled / Chai affogato

Enjoy Justin’s commentary and a quick tasting of each rum, alongside a taster of its ‘signature cocktail’.
How is it made, what it is made from, and how is it best enjoyed?
Ask questions and win prizes in this tasty and fun class hosted by Country Manager for Sovereign Brands Justin Strzadala.

Saturday 11 May 5:30pm – 6:00pm. Mezzanine Level 2 – $120.00 Includes the following 3 hour tasting session.

ESPRESSO MARTINIS on Mother’s Day with Kendor Distillery

Let Mum indulge in a guided tasting session of sophistication and caffeine-infused creativity with you on Mother’s Day!
Join Coden Sutherland, head distiller of Kendor Distillery, for an unforgettable event where you’ll become the maestro behind crafting the perfect espresso martini.

What to Expect:

  • Hands-On Experience: Buckle up as we take you on a journey through the art of mixology! You will shake it up and dive into the world of mixology as you craft your very own signature espresso martini using Kendor’s premium spirits and liqueurs. Pair it to a tasty pastry.
  • Creative Freedom: Experiment with various ingredients and techniques to customise your drink to perfection.
  • Take away gifts: Every Mum receives a special take home gift bag from bOOzycandlez! and Kendor Distillery.

Sunday 12 May 10:30 – 11:00am. Mezzanine Level 2 – $120.00 Includes the following 3 hour tasting session.

HALF  HOUR  MASTERCLASS

Session Times

Level 2. Have your ticket ready for scanning.
Included in your ticket every masterclass is immediately followed by the scheduled 3 hour festival session on Level 3.

SOLD OUT

BUFFALO TRACE COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS

Friday 10 May
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Mezzanine Level 2

MASTERCLASS

PLANTERAY Rum Sealander World’s First

Friday 10 May
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Mezzanine Level 2

SOLD OUT

BILL LARK Two of his Best WHISKY MASTERCLASS

Friday 10 May
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Saturday 11 May
1:30pm – 2:00pm

Mezzanine Level 2

SOLD OUT

ESTER SPIRITS NEGRONI
– A Journey

Saturday 11 May
1:30pm – 2:00pm
Mezzanine Level 2

SOLD OUT

GINS OF THE WORLD MASTERCLASS

Saturday 11 May
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Mezzanine Level 2

MASTERCLASS

VERMOUTH Italian and Spanish – compare the two

Saturday 11 May
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Mezzanine Level 2

MASTERCLASS

Have fun with
BUMBU RUM

Saturday 11 May
5:30pm – 6:00pm
Mezzanine Level 2

MASTERCLASS

Espresso Martinis
with KENDOR DISTILLERY

Sunday 12 May
10:30am – 11:00am
Mezzanine Level 2

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Questions

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Questions

Your ticket grants you entry to the tasting session specified on your ticket and includes a tote bag for take-home purchases and a tasting glass for your tastings and to keep. All distillers will be running tastings throughout the session and all tastings are included in your ticket price.

There is no limit to the amount of spirits you can sample however we highly suggest that you pace yourself over the 3 hour session. The distillers will pour a small sample into your tasting glass and you can either add your own Long Rays mixer or sample it neat. There will also be a spittoon at each stand should you wish to mouth sample only.

Drunken and abusive behaviour will not be tollerated and at our discretion anyone deemed to be intoxicated will be escorted from the venue.

If you have lost or are having trouble finding your ticket, go to Eventbrite and login with your email address and password. You will be able to resend your ticket/s to your email address or print them out from your account. Please contact hello@sydneyspiritsfestival.com if you are still having issues.
Yes, you can give your ticket to whoever you like as long as they are over the age of 18. There is no need to change the name on the ticket. You will not be refused entry if you are not the person named on the ticket however they will still be required to check in with the ticket.
No, all attendees must be 18 years or older and must have a ticket for the event.
Your ticket will include the start time and duration of your tasting session. This information is also available on Eventbrite. If you are late, you will not be allowed to stay for the following session. Please note that final samples will be served 15 minutes prior to the end of the session to give you time to finish your drinks, finalise your purchases, and make your way to the exit.
Yes! You may buy bottles of spirits from the distillers to enjoy at home. No purchased bottles are to be consumed at the venue at any time.
Water, tonic and soda are included in the ticket and will be available during every tasting session.
Card is preferred for purchases at the event. All distillers and food vendors will accept EFTPOS payments.

Yes, our events are wheelchair accessible. Events taking place in multi-level buildings will have lifts available if needed.

Given that this is a licensed event we recommend utilising the wide range of public transport available in this area. Please consider ferries, trains, busses and of course Uber. There is a parking station adjacent to the venue. Please Google parking at the Rocks for further details, availability and costs.

Refunds are only issued if you request a refund 30 days prior to the event or if the event is cancelled. If you can no longer attend, you may give or sell your ticket to another person. Tickets are fully transferable for the same session on the scheduled day. To request a refund go to your Eventbrite accounts dashboard to request a refund.