Melbourne Cocktail Festival

Wed 26th February, 2020 – Sun 1st March, 2020
Price: $15-$200
Take a deep dive into Melbourne’s cocktail culture at this new festival. Local and international experts will host tastings, guided tours, workshops and more.

Melbourne Cocktail Festival was conceived by the team behind Worksmith, a hospitality-focused community hub and co-working space.

The festival, which will debut in 2020, is being curated by 2018 World Class Global Bartender of the Year, Orlando Marzo, and headlined by Agostino Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani, of The Connaught Bar in London, which was recently named the Best Bar in Europe at the 2019 World’s 50 Best Bars Awards.

Expect a thoughtful line-up of workshops, guided tours, tastings, seminars, art installations and activations – all centred around the art of cocktail-making. It’s for cocktail diehards and industry professionals alike.

One of the events, Bar Safari, will be an immersive, choose-your-own-adventure through 20-plus Melbourne cocktail venues, including Black Pearl, Eau De Vie, Peaches, Cutler & Co, Bar Liberty and more. Each bar will create a cocktail specifically for the event, all of which you can get for $15 across the five days with a $20 Bar Safari ticket. Plus, get a digital recipe book of all the cocktails, and entry into the draw to win a $700 home-bar spirit set-up.

You can party like you're fresh out of high school with gussied-up riffs on the Bacardi Breezer at the Fancy Free team's Backyard Breezer. There'll be snacks by Bar Liberty.

There’ll be a day dedicated to tastings, with local and international producers, suppliers, farmers and makers showcasing their techniques. A symposium for those within the cocktail industry will feature a full-day program – including a workshop with New York’s fermentation expert Sandor Katz and Sharon Flynn from The Fermentary in Daylesford, and a masterclass in hospitality with Perrone and Bargiani.

You can also hear from Jaye O’Dwyer from Behind Bars who innovates design processes for better bar solutions.

To celebrate the festival's debut, street artist Kitt Bennett painted a 100-metre-long rooftop mural depicting a bartender and martini glass. Bennett produced the work in 70 hours over seven days using around 100 litres of paint.

Entry to all MCF events is free for Worksmith members.

Find tickets and more information here.