In pictures: Sydney Gin Festival returns for 2023

Thousands of gin-lovers had the opportunity to taste over 200 gins from 55 Australian distillers at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. The event was held over two days, with four tasting sessions between between Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July.

Distillers from across the country presented to the 2800 ticket holders, exhibiting everything from dry gins, to flavoured gins, to premixed cocktails. There several award-winning distilleries among the exhibitors, including Banks & Solander, Lily Fields Distilling Co, Ester Spirits, Prohibition Liquor, Farmers Wife, Newy Distillery and Billson’s.

Attendees were particularly drawn to distillers utilising Australian botanicals, of which there were a wide array. Sloe gins also proved popular, as well as a number of barrel aged gins. The festival was hosted by the Australian Gin Distillers Association, with sponsors including mixer producer Long Rays, Orora Group, and Schibello Coffee.

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