Learn from the best Distillers, Producers & Growers from the Southern Forests Region

Our curated masterclasses are an incredible addition to your Festival Village experience.

From the best of small batch distilling through to delicacy that is Akoya to the benefits of perennials, this series held within the Festival Village Bar, offers in-depth sensory knowledge into your favourite tipples, new flavours and how to get the most of your gardening endeavours.

Pls note: these intimate classes are 18+ // you will also require a valid Festival Village ticket in addition to your chosen Masterclass ticket.

Whisky! Presented by Limeburners

Date: Saturday 26th June // Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Date: Sunday 27th June // Time: 3pm - 3:45pm

Limeburners Single Malt Whisky is produced in Albany, Western Australia, with the distillery on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour overlooking ever-changing views of the Indian Ocean. This location is an integral part of the reason Founder and Master Distiller Cameron Syme has been able to create such genuinely special whiskies, directly influenced by the elements surrounding the distillery.

Twice Australian Champion Whisky, and awarded Best International Craft Whisky in 2017 and 2020 by the prestigious American Distilling Institute, this is whisky of truly global standards.

Join us for a fun and interactive whisky tasting masterclass. You will run through the history of their whisky distilleries and how their internationally acclaimed expressions are made. You will identify flavour profiles of whisky and taste four of our whiskies, exploring your palate with a whisky expert!

Giniversity presented by Margaret River Distilling Company

Date: Saturday 26th June // Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Date: Sunday 27th June // Time: 12pm - 12:45pm

Inspired by the magical combination of art and science in gin distilling, Giniversity is always seeking to innovate. Founder and Master Distiller Cameron Syme has dedicated 32 years of research and experimentation into creating beautiful gin expressions that incorporate unique botanicals only found in this corner of the world. Based in Margaret River, a biodiversity hotspot in the South West of Western Australia, Giniversity is the flagship spirit of Margaret River Distilling Company.

Join the Giniversity tutors for a fun and interactive tasting masterclass. You will run through the history of their award-winning gin (the first one was released in 2005!) and how their expressions are made. You will enjoy four of our gins, first neat, then with tonic, before adding a complementary garnish as the final taste experience. By the end of the class you will have learned how to take your G&T's to the next level, as a Giniversity Graduate!

Akoya presented by Leeuwin Coast

Date: Saturday 26th June // Time: 2:15pm - 3pm
Date: Sunday 27th June // Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm

The Leeuwin Coast Akoya are a beautiful, natural shellfish that grow native to Western Australia. Described as the lovechild of a mussel and an oyster, and encased in a delicate mother of pearl shell, this spectacular shellfish is traditionally famous for producing spectacular saltwater pearls. Our bespoke and sustainable aquaculture techniques in combination with the uniquely pure WA environment have turned the Akoya into a delicacy in its own right.

Join us for a masterclass in stunning Leeuwin Coast Akoya matched with Larry Cherubino Wines, Limeburners whiskey and Shelter Brewing Co. beers.

Saturday only The New Perennial movement w. Kirsty Marchant (Ex Noma, Head Gardener)

Date: Saturday 26th June // Time: 11:15am - 12pm

Kirsty Marchant, Ex Head Gardener at two-Michelin-star and award-winning restaurant, Noma presents a masterclass in the new Perennial movement. Kirsty will share how she came to have her hands in the soil and introduce you to the world of Perennials. She will take you through her learnings from Dutch Master Landscape & Planting Designer Piet Oudolf and why having your soil filled with plants all year round will benefit you as well as the environment.

As an added bonus, Kirsty will share how to make seaweed tea, the benefits and how to administer it.

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