The inaugural 2021 Melbourne Whisky Week – a spirit and whisky festival featuring more than 40 events across more than 30 venues in the city, surrounding suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula – will be unbottled from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 29.
This 10-day celebration of local and international whisky and spirits promises to provide an explosion of taste, entertainment and experience, showcasing an outstanding range of traditional, diverse, new-world and award-winning brands.
“There is something for everyone in the Melbourne Whisky Week program, with mouthwatering options for all matter of tastes,” says Melbourne Whisky Week co-director Tyson McGeoch. “We’re excited to have festivalgoers joining us in celebrating all that is great about whisky and spirits.”
Supported by the City of Melbourne, Visit Victoria and Lexus of Brighton, Melbourne Whisky Week will feature bespoke behind-the-scenes distillery tours, masterclasses in whisky and spirits, elegant dinners and desserts paired with the best drops, a trivia night for whisky and spirit buffs, the opportunity to bottle your own amber spirit to take home, and dozens of enticingly unique tasting sessions.
The festival will bring to life Melbourne’s great venues and exclusive spaces, including distilleries, underground bars, restaurants and Federation Square, and will feature some of the most knowledgeable whisky and spirit experts in Australia.
“Melbourne Whisky Week is a unique event and a wonderful opportunity to discover the Australian varieties of whisky and spirits that are enjoying great success on the world stage right now,” says Melbourne Whisky Week co-director Travis Clarke.
A highlight of the festival will be the launch event – the Whisky, Spirit and Barrels Pop-Up at The Atrium at Federation Square. Over two days, it will showcase whisky, spirits, cocktails, barrel beer and wine at a range of pop-up bars. There will also be delicious food offerings from some of Melbourne’s most popular food trucks, as well as relaxed whisky and spirit masterclasses.
Exhibitors include the Mornington Peninsula’s acclaimed Chief’s Son and JimmyRum, as well as 78 Degrees by Adelaide Hills Distillery, Here’s Looking At You Kid Gin, Teaka Tea Spirits, Future Mountain, Whisky Freaks, Nikka Whisky, and Kinglake Distillery.
For bookings and further information, visit www.whiskyweek.com.au, and follow the festival on Instagram @whisky_week