Adelaide's First Official Cocktail Festival


The Espresso Martini - blame Dick Bradsell. 

Created in the late 1980s Soho, London.  A model asked for something that would, "wake me up, and then f**k me up."  (some speculate the model was Kate Moss, others Naomi Campbell, but Bradsell has never revealed her identity.) Dick admits that the cocktail's invention happened out of circumstance and annoyance with the coffee machine being right next to his drink's station... and because Vodka was all the rage in the 80's. The cocktail got so popular that we enjoy versions in bars around the world. And now... there's a FESTIVAL!

Friday 2 February 5pm - 11pm  &   Saturday 3 February 12pm - 11pm  

Espresso Martini Festival ADL is the first of an annual cocktail competition we've designed to celebrate the rise of cocktail bars in Adelaide.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Cocktail creators in Adelaide who will be presented with the challenge to make Adelaide's best "Espresso Martini".

What Bars will be contending for 2018 Espresso Martini Challenge?

There's going to be 8 bars at our Festival slinging cocktails and contending to make Adelaide's BEST Espresso Martini!


The Espresso Martini Competition will take place over the two-day festival on the Main Stage. Keep an eye on our website and our social media to see the event program which will be released in January 2018.  

 Who’s Judging?

We’ve put together a judging panel of five experts from different fields to decide who makes the best Espresso Martini!

The Master Chef - Shannon Fleming – Forgotten Seasons – A renowned South Australian Chef known for his creative flair and use of native produce.

The Spirit Master - Mark Reginato – Man of Spirit – aka: The Mayor of Adelaide’s cocktail scene supplying some of the finest craft spirits and wine in Australia.   

 The Coffee Master - Joshua Rivers – C.R.E.A.M. – Owner, barista wizard and latte art award winner. An expert by the way of all things coffee.

The Cocktail Master - Vini Wang – Hains & Co – A rising star in the South Australian cocktail scene - finalist in national cocktail competitions including Woodford Reserve, La Maison Cointreau & Bacardi Legacy.

The Master Distiller – Graham Buller - 23rd Street Distillery - Head Distiller for one of South Australia’s biggest and innovate craft distilleries.  

You can cast your vote!

People’s Choice Award – Each bar will offer a 50ml sample of their Espresso Martini for $5. Use your token on entry to cast your vote!

 When the competition is done, all guests will vote for the next cocktail challenge for 2019. Who knows, next year could be Spritz Festival ADL?!

Don’t worry!

We know you can only drink so many Espresso Martini’s. So, each bar will have their own space serving up their competition Espresso Martini and other specialty cocktails as well. We assure you, there will be too many cocktails to choose from!

And for those who have been dragged to the Festival by your cult Espresso Martini Lovers, we have you covered in our Main Bar with wine and cider supplied by our Partner Sidewood, beer supplied by our Partner Vale Brewing.

The eats!

We guarantee you’ll love our festival munchies served up to satisfy your hunger and brought to you by the cool kats from Daisy Burger, C.R.E.A.M, Crepe Bar, Abbots and Kinney, Chimmi Churri Grill, Kitchen & Catering by Sam, Moi An - Vietnamese Street Food, Arnies at Rymill Park, Jack Ruby, BRKLYN, and Electra House.

Entertainment all day!

Thanks to our mates at MusicSA, we will have a full set of local bands and musicians on the main stage all day & night. So, all you need to do is grab yourself a cocktail and relax on the grass and enjoy!

Finally… the VIP Experience & Spirit Tasting Sessions

And for those who thought it couldn’t get any better? We’ve designed two ultimate cocktail experiences

Harvest Liquor Tasting Sessions – Brought to you by the awesome one stop online Aussie Craft Liquor Shop - Harvest Liquor - 100 Tickets will be released in January 2018 to attend a 2 hour tasting session with local distillers for only $10!

White Marquee Martini Island – Have you ever wanted to dance the night away on Rymill Park Island? Well, dreams can come true! We’re beyond excited to announce you can join us for a private VIP Club thanks to White Marquee.

Get ready to enjoy an evening of cocktails and tunes. Our Island has it’s own private DJ! Antipodes Gin Co. will be featuring a range of cocktails made with their organic Gin, Vodka and Espresso Liqueur. As a VIP you will enjoy access Espresso Martini Festival + access to the White Marquee Martini Island + 4 Free Cocktails. The island kicks off both Friday and Saturday from 7pm until 11pm. VIP Tickets are $100 (+bf) and are strictly limited to 150 per night.


Festival Partners


Produce Partners



Rymill Park
Bartels Road
Adelaide, SA 5000