Virtual Awards Night For Australian Distilled Spirits

Encore enabled The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to pivot their Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) Presentation to a virtual event.  


Due to the restrictions on movement and social gatherings, the in-person event could not go ahead as planned. Encore jumped to the challenge to support the RASV and created a virtual ‘speakeasy’ themed stage set, designed by their talented virtual and hybrid design team.


The fully virtual event was streamed live from the production studio at Victoria Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds on 12 November.

Virtual Awards Night Production

With the RASV having already conducted the entire judging of the ADSA 619 products remotely, the pivoting of the presentation event to a broadcast only format was a suitable and appropriate solution to ensure the 500+ stakeholders could be part of the award announcement.

The transformation to virtual required that Encore incorporate their unique offerings of a fully equipped production studio, including green screen and utilising Encore’s virtual event design services to create the virtual set. The speakeasy themed stage set was superimposed with luxurious, green panelling and 20’s themed styling. The event was streamed nationally using a mix of presenters in the studio and pre-recorded acceptance speeches from the winners.

Green Screen Virtual Event

A fully COVID safe environment was delivered using Encore’s stringent MeetSAFE guidelines. This included safe distancing of presenters, traffic direction planning and stringent cleaning throughout the production studio.


The ADSA is just one of the prestigious food and beverage award programs conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, also responsible for the Australian International Beer Awards and Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. It is the largest national spirits awards in the country, recognising and rewarding excellence in Australia’s burgeoning spirits and liqueurs industry.


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