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The Espresso Martini Now Has its Own Festival

The espresso martini is a drink worth celebrating, which is why Mr Black Spirits Co, leaders in coffee and spirits, are throwing the world’s first espresso martini festival at Melbourne’s Meat Market on Saturday 05 November 2016.

The Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini will play host to hundreds of coffee-and-liquor loving Victorians. With caffeinated creations from some of Australia’s best specialty coffee roasters, bars and coffee shops, food trucks, tunes and coffee pong.  The Espresso Martini Festival will be a place for the people of Melbourne to taste, talk and get behind the legendary coffee industry.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini (Image supplied)

Mr Black founder, Tom Baker said, “We know the people of Melbourne have a love affair with coffee, and the espresso martini is now one of the highest selling cocktails on lists everywhere. So we thought, why not come together to celebrate this shared love with the perfect pairing of coffee and booze.”

“Making a good espresso martini is not a hard task – It’s just three simple ingredients but our festival is a celebration of great drinks: espresso from leading speciality roasters, high-quality spirits, and of course the world’s best coffee liquor. We’re excited to get all our coffee and liquor friends in one place and have a cheeky coffee party”, he said.

Australia’s top coffee producers are on board for a day of caffeinated pleasure at the Espresso Martini Festival. Including: MILKLAB, Ketel One, Campos Coffee, Rushmore Coffee, The Kind Coffee Co, Beats Coffee and Two Birds Brewing.

Entry to Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini is $25pp which includes a Mr Black Coffee Liqueur shaken serve, free tastings and more to come.

WHAT: Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini
WHEN: Saturday 05 November, 2016. Hours are from 2PM-10PM
WHERE: Melbourne Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, Melbourne
TICKETS: $25 per person

Tickets are on sale now at the espressomartinifest.com.

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards goes Organic

Reflecting the growing industry trend, production techniques and consumer interest, the renowned Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), Australia’s most respected wine show, will for the first time recognise organic and biodynamic wines with the introduction of a new Best Organic or Biodynamic Trophy in 2016.

“It is our ongoing commitment to ensure the awards continue to be most relevant and valuable to the industry, identifying new classes and categories that will recognise the evolving nature of grape growing and winemaking,” said Tom Carson, Chair of Judges.

“Organic grape production increased by 120% from 2011-2014 with evidence the trend is continuing. The introduction of the new Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy is a nod to the increasing production of these types of wines in the country, and the outstanding quality we have on offer.”
Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards; seek advice from an independent panel of experts; and to promote and market award winning products using the RMWA’s seal of excellence.

Other accolades to be awarded, include the much coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine, The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir, The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy, The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance, The Francois De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine, The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz and The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified.

The winner of the 2016 Jimmy Watson Trophy will also secure the scholarship sponsored by RASV.  The scholarship includes a $15,000 bursary for the winner to embark on an international study tour, providing professional development opportunities and increasing knowledge of the global wine industry.

“As a previous winner of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy I can attest that an award win at the RMWA is an honour of long-standing tradition, and is highly regarded amongst the national industry and around the world, leading to increased sales, greater export opportunities and significant growth,” said Mr Carson.

Entries for the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards open on Tuesday 28 June at www.rasv.com.au and will close on Friday 19 August, with early entry encouraged.