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The final allocation of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair are now on sale and open to the general public.

The Oak Barrel member pre-sales have now been completed, you are now able to purchase both Members and Guest tickets – and you can now purchase tickets for friends and family as well.

GET TICKETS HERE

Oak Barrel members will need to log in to their account on the Oak Barrel website in order to purchase tickets at members’ prices.

There is a limit of one members’ ticket per paid-up Oak Barrel membership. So if you want to come with a group of friends (and they’re not already members) please be aware that they require guest tickets!

This is the last allocation of tickets to the 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair, the 10th Anniversary celebration.


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The final allocation of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair are now on sale, with tickets available to Oak Barrel members for 24-hours.

During the 24-hour pre-sale members will be able to purchase one ticket each, meaning each member must log in individually. We do this to ensure that every member gets a fair and ample chance to access tickets to Australia’s most in-demand whisky event.

Following the 24-hour pre-sale period, tickets remaining from the first release will be opened up to the general public – 11am Thursday 20 June.

FIND TICKETS

Oak Barrel members will need to log in to their account on the Oak Barrel website in order to purchase members tickets.

There is a limit of one members’ ticket per paid-up Oak Barrel membership. So if you want to come with a group of friends (and they’re not already members) please be aware that they require guest tickets!

This is the last allocation of tickets to the 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair, the 10th Anniversary celebration.


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The historic Australian Hall will be the location for the tenth anniversary of The Oak Barrel’s Sydney Whisky Fair 2019.

With the first release of tickets promptly selling out earlier this week, we are delighted to confirm that the event will return to the Hall – located directly above The Oak Barrel – for the Friday 30-Saturday 31 August event.

FIND WHISKY FAIR TICKETS HERE

It will be the third time that Whisky Fair will have been held in this largely unknown piece of Sydney history, with the 2014 and 2017 events being held there. Not always available, due to tenants, repairs etc., Australia Hall gives us the opportunity to present a more open, spacious event. While we love the intimate, house party nature of the Cellar Room and Warehouse space, the ability to also allow more exhibitors in to showcase is a deciding factor.

Capacity for the event will subsequently be increased, although the strict ratio of attendees-to-whisky stalls will be kept intact. We’re passionate about making Whisky Fair as user-friendly as possible, so that you can ask the questions to want to ask and spend the time with distillers you want to spend.

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Australia Hall is in the same building as The Oak Barrel and entry and exit to the event will still be through The Oak Barrel bottle store.

Located at 150-152 Elizabeth St, the structure in which The Oak Barrel (ground floor) is located was built in the early 1910s, with Australia Hall added in the 1920s. An important building in Sydney’s history, it has long been a meeting place for diverse groups of Sydney’s communities – from indigenous Australians to German migrants, Christian societies and Greek Cypriots clubs. The indigenous community have a strong association to the building as the site of the Day of Mourning. It was added to the Australia Heritage Database in 2008.

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Tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair’s tenth anniversary event are on sale now.

Whisky Fair 2019 Sessions

Session 1: Friday 30 August, 5pm-8pm
Session 2: Saturday 31 August, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday 31 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm


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The first release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 are on sale now, with the general public release now live.

The Oak Barrel members’ pre-sale began 11am Tuesday 11 June, with the general release beginning 11am Wednesday 12 June.

FIND TICKETS HERE


UPDATES

11/06/19 11.52am: Sydney Whisky Fair tickets have sold at record speed again in 2019, with approximately 25% of the entire event capacity selling within the first hour of pre-sale. What makes that even more noteworthy is that during this members’ pre-sale, tickets were limited to one-per-member in an attempt to slow down sales.

12/06/19 10.17am: More than half of the allocation for the first release has sold during the members’ pre-sale ahead of the general release at 11am.


During the 24-hour pre-sale, Oak Barrel members must log into their account at OakBarrel.com.au to access the tickets. If you are not logged in under your active members account, you will not be able to view the tickets. Pre-sale tickets are limited to one-per-member. Therefore, each member must log in individually to secure their ticket. This is to ensure that all members can a fair opportunity to secure tickets to the Fair, which has sold out for the past seven years.

Once the pre-sale has elapsed, you will be able to purchase multiple tickets during the general release from Wednesday 12 June. Members should still log-in to receive their discounted ticket price.

For further details head to the tickets page or contact us.


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With tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 set to go on sale next week, we thought we’d reveal a few more exhibitors for the 10th anniversary event.

It’s a veritable Tasmanian invasion in this announcement with some familiar names and Whisky Fair firstcomers from the apple isle. Having sampled their wares in recent visits down south, we’re happy to welcome Hobart Distillery and Spring Bay to Fair for their visits. We’ll also have the current distillers from Lark, Overeem and Nant on board and the always-welcome Belgrove with some innovative rye creations.

Further distilleries, from Australia and the world, will be announced over the coming weeks. Make sure you’re ready for when tickets go on sale.

Second Distillery Announcement

Belgrove (TAS, new releases)
Hobart (TAS, first appearance)
Lark
(TAS, new releases)
Nant
(TAS, first appearance for five years)
Overeem
(TAS, new releases)
Spring Bay
(TAS, first appearance)

They join the previously announced Australian distillers:

Corowa (NSW, first appearance)
Fleurieu (SA, 2019 Australian Champion Whisky)
Iniquity (SA, new releases)
Joadja (NSW, first appearance)
Timboon (VIC, new releases)


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The first release of tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 10th Anniversary 2019 will go on sale at 11am Tuesday 11 June.

As per tradition, the first 24 hours will be an exclusive pre-sale to Oak Barrel members.

During the 24-hour pre-sale members will be able to purchase one ticket each, meaning each member must log in individually. We do this to ensure that every member gets a fair and ample chance to access tickets to Australia’s most in-demand whisky event.

Following the 24-hour pre-sale period, tickets remaining from the first release will be opened up to the general public.

Please note, tickets are not available in-store or over the phone, they will be sold online only.

The 2019 Sydney Whisky Fair Sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Friday 30 August, 5pm-8pm
Session 2: Saturday 31 August, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday 31 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Members Tickets: $100
Guest Tickets: $120

Ticket links will go live here when the first release launches.

We are an independent, family owned bottle store with a CBD location and a small staff that regularly give the impression of a much bigger company. We love what we do and are mindful that it’s not possible without the support of our customers and members, who support us throughout the year in store and at our weekly tastings.

A 24-hour pre-sale window for our biggest event of the year is a small way to say thanks for 63 years of The Oak Barrel.

I’m A Member, How Do I Access The Pre-Sale?

To access tickets as a member, you need to log into to your account at oakbarrel.com.au and access the ticket page here.

Please note, Oak Barrel membership involves registering an account and paying the $25 fee. Membership grants you 10% off the store all year round (both online and in the physical store), discounts to events, exclusive products and pre-sales to things like Whisky Fair.

If you are not sure whether your membership is activated or are having trouble logging in, please contact us for clarification.

We strongly advise making sure you can log into your account before tickets go on sale, as there may be delays in responding to requests during the high traffic periods.

Can I Buy Tickets For My Mates?

Sydney Whisky Fair has been selling out in record time each year, so to make it as fair as possible we only allow one ticket per person during the first 24 hours.

Once the members’ pre-sale has concluded, we open it up so you can buy multiple tickets at guest prices.

I’m Not A Member, When Can I Buy Tickets?

Guests and members of the general public will get access tickets at 11am, Wednesday 12 June.

When Does The First Release Of Tickets End?

There is a set number of tickets allocated for the first release, once they are exhausted in each session the release will halt and details of the second release be announced.

I Have Another Question

Feel free to get in contact.


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With just over 100 days until Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 we’re excited to make our first official announcement for this year’s event.

Announced today is an all-Australian reveal of the first tables, plus a confirmation of the ticket on-sale date.

The tenth anniversary of Australia’s favourite whisky festival will be held at The Oak Barrel Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August. Last year we saw 25 stalls showcasing brands from all around the world in the form of about 150 expressions.

This year we expect the number of stalls, which are issued via invite by Whisky Fair organisers, to top 30. Brands confirmed to exhibit will be announced as they are confirmed, with the exact drams which will be on pour made available before doors open. This will ensure that you can plan your day in advance, making sure you don’t miss anything you need to try.

There’s going to be too many drams for you to try everything, so we’re going to give you as much information as possible to get the most out of the day.

Sydney Whisky Fair’s focus is once again the rare, unique and new. Every table will have something we didn’t try last year, in some cases everything is completely new.

With much more to be confirmed from here and around the world, our first announcement of five exhibitors features distillers and owners from around Australia.

Sydney Whisky Fair First Announcement

Corowa (NSW, first appearance)
Fleurieu (SA, 2019 Australian Champion Whisky)
Iniquity (SA, new releases)
Joadja (NSW, first appearance)
Timboon (VIC, new releases)

We’re also happy to confirm that tickets to Sydney Whisky Fair 2019 will go on sale Tuesday 11 June. Further ticket details will be confirmed closer to the date.

Stay tuned to the website, and the official Facebook event, for more announcements as they come.


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Planning and preparations are well underway for the 2019 edition of the Sydney Whisky Fair, Australia’s favourite annual whisky event.

Attracting distilleries and punters from all over Australia and the world, 2019 marks the tenth edition of the event – held at The Oak Barrel in the Sydney CBD.

Riding the global whisky boom of the past decade the Australian whisky community and scene has seen significant changes and growth in that time. One of the best barometers of that change has been the evolving Whisky Fair – the humble 2010 beginning unrecognisable from the all-out whisky celebrations that the recent years have become known for.

Dates for this year’s event were announced last November, holding down the traditional last weekend of August spot. This year that falls Friday 30 and Saturday 31. The Australian Distillers’ Dinner will therefore take place Thursday 29, with a range of masterclasses to take place in the preceding six weeks.

Firm details, including how to ensure you get a ticket to this event which sells out quicker each year, will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Be assured, we’ll be marking the tenth edition in style.

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KEY DETAILS

Dates: Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August, 2019
Tickets: On sale date TBA, announcement will be make week prior. There will once again be an Oak Barrel Members’ pre-sale

Spot yourself in last year’s gallery!

 


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That’s a wrap for the 2018 event, thanks to everyone – exhibitors and punters – for making it perhaps the best Whisky Fair ever.

See if you can spot yourself in the photos below, the event captured expertly by May Lawrence once again.


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Sydney Whisky Fair has sold out in 2018, the sixth straight time it has done so. The Oak Barrel crew would like to thank everyone for their support around the event and we’re going to have some exciting news to announce in the coming weeks. If you need an even bigger whisky fix, head over to our page of Masterclasses. These events will run in the lead-up to the Fair itself, providing an opportunity at the intimate, sit-down whisky events that run all through the year at The Oak Barrel. Keep WhiskyFair.com.au bookmarked for news in the coming weeks and then for recourses for the event in the week prior. See ya at The Oak Barrel soon. Dram on.
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In Case You Were Wondering…

…The first release sold out in under two-and-a-half days. …The first and second sessions sold out in under a day after the final release went on sale. …While the rate in which tickets sold by quantity is below the record, the rate in which orders came through is a new record. This largely has to do with the members pre-sale, which requires a paid-up Oak Barrel membership per ticket sold. As a result, orders of one ticket dominated the first 24 hours, slowing down the quantities and giving more people a chance to access tickets. …A spike in traffic on oakbarrel.com.au crashed the website (via the ‘/shop/event’ pages) at 11.54am – six minutes before the final release went on sale. As our hosts allocated more server space, it meant we were unable to put tickets live directly at midday. The site reappeared at 12.16, tickets updated at 12.17 and the first order came through at 12.18. …Session 1 (Friday) was the most popular in 2018, so far, ahead of Session 2 (Saturday arvo) and Session 3 (Saturday night). This is a change from the previous two years, when Session 2 was the quickest-selling slot.