The annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is just around the corner, and tickets for the various events are being snapped up quickly as whisky connoisseurs from around the world prepare to descend upon the home of whisky between 2-6 May this year. While whisky is always at the heart of the festival, the programme of over 370 events brings together all aspects of Scottish culture including traditional food and contemporary music.
Tickets for all events are being snapped up extremely quickly. Visitors from the UK have made the most purchases –44% - to date, and from outside the home nations, the most significant sales markets have been the USA, Canada and Scandinavia with 39% percent of all tickets sold to visitors from these countries.
“We have had a fantastic response to the programme of events - tickets for over 80 events have already sold out,” says festival manager Mary Hemsworth. “I’d encourage anyone with a passion for whisky to click onto the website and book up before events sell out completely.
“The rate at which the tickets are being sold has genuinely taken us by surprise, in particular the level of tickets being sold to visitors from outwith the UK. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the key events in Homecoming 2014, and we hope this trend will lay some very strong foundations on which to grow our international profile and that of Speyside Moray in a very important year for Scottish tourism.”
The organisers of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have a number of exciting events up their sleeves, including a unique opportunity to visit Tamdhu Distillery - one of the pioneering Speyside distilleries. The Tamdhu fête is to take place on Saturday, 4 May and will include live music by ceilidh band, Stavaig, whisky tastings, a treasure hunt and distillery tours. The fête marks the re-launch of the Tamdhu Distillery, which was established in 1867.
The Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Challenge – also taking place on May 4 - will provide a fun way for visitors to put their whisky knowledge to the test. Master Distiller Alan Winchester will be the quizmaster and will put contestants’ whisky knowledge and trivia to the test. There will be a special bottle of Glenlivet on offer for each member of the winning team plus other prizes.
There will be a chance for visitors to experience a Scottish knees-up on the Saturday evening with an extra special performance from super band ‘Treacherous Orchestra’ in an atmospheric Glenfiddich Distillery warehouse. The Celtic super band includes some of Scotland’s most inspiring young musicians and is not to be missed. Tickets are £20 and the event kicks off at Glenfiddich Distillery at 7pm.
On Sunday, May 5 there is a unique opportunity to meet with distillers, whisky experts and writers during a three course lunch, after which the winner of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards 2013 will be announced. The mouthwatering three-course lunch will be accompanied by the six malts that made it into the final of the awards. Spaces are limited and tickets are already close to selling out.
Tickets and further information is available for all events at www.spiritofspeyside.com