International Women’s Day Celebration Event

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Drink Tasmania are proudly celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 by hosting a special event at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sandy bay on Monday 8th March.  All proceeds raised including $10 from each ticket sold will be donated to Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) in Hobart, who are a registered Australian charity.

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Kristy Lark – Killara Distillery

Kristy in her apocathery garden

Kristy has been involved in the distilling industry for over 20 years. She started in the cellar door of her parents business, Lark Distillery when she was 17. She worked her way up through the business to become Head Distiller, which was a role she thoroughly enjoyed. She learnt the art of whisky production from her father, Bill, and finesse of gin and liqueur production from her mother, Lyn.  While Head Distiller, Kristy produced award winning whisky as well as managing all the production of their other spirits. In 2008 she became the General Manager of Lark Distillery, and in 2010 won the Next Generation Award through Family Business Australia. Sadly in 2013 Lark Distillery was sold to a group of investors, this, however, gave Kristy the opportunity to open her own distillery. Killara is the first Australian distillery to be fully owned and operated by a second generation Australian distiller, and a female!! The passion her father has for the industry definitely rubbed off on Kristy as she is a huge advocate for not only the industry but specifically the women in the industry which is why she started the Australian Women in Distilling Association. AWDA is all about promoting and encouraging women in the distilling industry.

Suzy Brett – Spring Bay Distillery

Suzy in the Spring Bay Distillery bond store

Suzy moved to Hobart from Dublin when she was 12. Shortly after completing a Nursing Degree in 1994 Suzy travelled overseas working and living in Edinburgh where she developed her love of Single Malt Whisky. Returning to Hobart where she met Cam they shared a love and passion for Whisky.  Following a trip to Scotland with Bill Lark and other Whisky lovers they fell in love with coastal Scottish distilleries in remote and beautiful places and knew that Tasmania’s East Coast where they both love was the place for their distillery and Spring Bay was born.  Cam and Suzy completed a Distilling course at Redlands Distillery and laid down some barrels, they built a distillery and cellar door on the pristine East Coast of Tasmania.  Being able to work in this beautiful part of Tassie and winning awards for both the Whisky and Gin are highlights. Suzy won a scholarship with the Australian Women in Distilling to study a certificate in distilling with the institute of brewing and distilling which she successfully completed last year and continues to distil and run the cellar door at Spring Bay. She divides her time between Hobart and the East Coast with Cam and her two boys Henry and George and her chocolate lab Bella who manages the meet and greet at the cellar door.

Kelly Bennett – Home Hill Wines

Kelly at the beautiful Home Hill cellar doo

Kelly grew up with her family’s 4th generation property in the Huon Valley. Like many children growing up in the area, Kelly and her two brothers learnt to make their own fun while taking advantage of the beautiful surrounds. It wasn’t until completing her nursing degree in later years, traveling the world gaining valuable experience, that Kelly felt a calling. A calling to return home to her grass roots in the Huon Valley. In 1992, Kelly’s parents Rosemary and Terry identified a perfect vineyard site on the lower reaches of their family property. With careful planning, what was once a small hobby farm, is now an award winning vineyard known for producing some of Australia’s top quality Pinot Noir. Returning in 2001 to help with marketing of the Home Hill, Kelly would also take up the role of managing the new restaurant and cellar door being built on site. The design brief was that simplicity is important – Allow the buildings to blend into the surrounding rolling hills, while taking in the views of the Sleeping Beauty and Mount Wellington mountain ranges. “My trade secret…. Having a loving family and a community that lends support when required.”

The Master of Ceremonies for this wonderful afternoon is Mr Bill Lark.

William David Blake Lark (Bill)  

‘The Godfather of Australian Whisky’, Mr Bill Lark

Established Lark Distillery in May 1992 with my wife Lyn. This was the first such licence issued in Tasmanian since 1839. I was a founding member of the Australian Distillers Association and The Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association and I am now affectionately known as the “godfather” of the Australian whisky industry. At the Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2013, I was named “Ministers Champion”. In 2014 Lark Distillery was awarded Telstra Tasmanian and Australian Small Business of the Year. I was personally awarded Hospitality Ministers Award for Excellence for “Contribution to the Industry” 2015. In March 2015, I was inducted, No 28,  into the World Whisky Awards Hall of Fame in the United Kingdom (1st Australian inductee). I was a founding director of Starward Distillery (Victoria Valley Distillery2008) , In 2012 I co-founded the Redlands Distillery in the Derwent Valley, now known as Old Kempton Distillery and I am still an active member of their board. Currently I am engaged as Global Brand Ambassador for Lark Distilling Co. I have previously acted as a judge in several Australian Spirit Awards and in February 2019, I was appointed Head Judge for the inaugural Australian Gin Awards and Head Judge for the Tasting Australia Spirit Awards in South Australia. I have consulted to distilleries across Australia, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


You will be treated to a drink on arrival before being seated at round tables to experience presentations by these amazing women, hearing their stories of women in the industry.  Guided tastings of fine spirits and wine will be served alongside fine canapes provided by the RYCT staff.

You will then have the opportunity to bid for special whisky, gin, beer, wine and cider products in our live auction to conclude the event.  Tasmanian producers have shown their support for this good cause by donating old and rare products to be auctioned-off to raise money for SASS.  There will be some very exclusive products available to bid on, so don’t miss out!

Here’s a little teaser of what you’ll be able to bid on. All of these have been donated by incredible local Tasmanian producers.

There will also be lucky door prizes on the day including a $100 voucher for dining at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and a bottle of Ginuary Gin.

Bottle-sales from Killara, Spring Bay and Home Hill will be available with special offers and exclusive deals on the day!

Doors open to ticket holders at 2pm sharp.  The event will conclude at 5pm.


Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) is a Hobart-based, free and confidential service in Tasmania for people of all ages who have been affected by any form of sexual violence. Our services include:

  • Counselling and support (southern Tasmania)
  • Crisis services (southern Tasmania)
  • Redress Scheme Support Services (state-wide)
  • Therapeutic treatment for children and young people displaying Problem Sexual Behaviour and Sexually Abusive Behaviour (state-wide)
  • Training & educational workshops (state-wide)
  • Policy feedback and consultation about sexual violence and related topics (state-wide)

SASS was established in 1986. Our mission is to help eliminate all forms of sexual violence at local, national, and global levels.

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