Australia’s First Drinks Festival With An All Female Lineup

January 25, 2019

A festival celebrating female winemakers, brewers and distillers is coming to Sydney

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day with a bevvy (or two) made by fearless females?

Wine retailer Cellarmasters and liquor retailer BWS have joined forces to create Australia’s first drinks festival with an all-female lineup. The inaugural Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place in Sydney, and drinks lovers can meet some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest female brewers, winemakers and distillers.

“We want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on women in winemaking, distilling and brewing, which are traditionally male dominated industries. But thanks to these trailblazing women, this is now changing, “said Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

The number of women employed in wine making is estimated to be 38 percent. However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at 10 percent or less[1].

According to Australian Distillers Association, women make up approximately 15% of distillers in the industry. There are no official stats on the number of female brewers in Australia.

“Although the industry is changing, there’s still a long way to go. This event is all about celebrating women in beer, wine and spirits and giving customers an opportunity to meet these incredible women and try their products,” said Vanessa Rowed, BWS Head of Marketing.

Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and kicks off with a session on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day, and two more sessions take place on Saturday 9 March.

Up to 30 winemakers, distillers and brewers will be serving samples during the festival.

Winemakers include Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra and Elena Brooks from Dandelion. Brewers and distillers include Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing, Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery and Jaz Wearin from Modus Operandi.

Tickets range from $50 to $60 per session, and include complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass to keep, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost.

EVENT INFO

Event: Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits brought to you by Cellarmasters and BWS

When: March 8 (5pm to 9pm), and March 9 (11am to 3pm or 5pm to 9pm)

Where: Australian Technology Park, 2 Central Avenue, Eveleigh

Cost: From $50 to $60 per session, which includes unlimited tastings, tasting glass to keep and booklet.

For tickets and more info, head to https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/meet-the-makers-women-in-beer-wine-and-spirits or Cellarmasters.com.au or BWS.com.au

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