A new festival celebrating gin and native ingredients takes over the Timber Yard this August

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A new festival celebrating gin and native ingredients takes over the Timber Yard this August

words by staff writer

Sip, sip, hooray!

Get ready to embark on a sensory adventure unlike any other at the inaugural Botanica Spirits & Food Festival. Set against the industrial chic backdrop of Port Melbourne’s Timber Yard, this two-day extravaganza on August 17 and 18 promises to immerse you in a world of native botanicals, tantalizing tastes and vibrant entertainment.

At Botanica, indulge your palate with an array of more than 75 handcrafted Australian spirits meticulously curated from over 25 esteemed craft distilleries.

Botanica Spirits & Food Festival 2024

  • August 17 and 18
  • Timber Yard
  • Tickets are on sale now

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From award-winning gins to artisanal vodkas, each sip unveils the complex flavours and aromas derived from Australia’s rich tapestry of native flora. And the best part? All tastings, along with a complimentary tasting glass, are included in your ticket.

But the festival isn’t just about spirits; it’s a culinary celebration of all things botanical. Explore a diverse selection of local food stalls and food trucks offering an eclectic mix of native-inspired delicacies, from native pepperberry fried crocodile to pulled kangaroo nachos with desert lime guacamole, courtesy of Melbourne-based culinary trailblazers Mabu Mabu.

Throughout the weekend, engage in enlightening masterclasses, talks, and demonstrations led by industry experts. Learn the art of mixology, discover the secrets behind Australia’s finest spirits, or elevate your bush tucker cooking skills to new heights.

Feeling thirsty? Make your way to the Fever-Tree Bar and craft your perfect mixer pairing, or indulge in signature concoctions expertly prepared by seasoned bartenders.

As the sun sets, unwind to the soulful tunes of local musical talents on the festival stage, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and sense of community that defines Botanica Spirits & Food Festival.

More than just a culinary event, Botanica is a celebration of nature, craftsmanship, and community spirit. Whether you’re a spirits connoisseur, a food enthusiast, or simply looking for a memorable day out with friends and family, Botanica offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets to the Botanica Spirits & Food Festival are on sale now. Grab yours here