Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Banchory Beer Festival: Top five things you can't miss


The Banchory Beer Festival has been on my radar for a number of months now. Ever since I missed out on tickets to last years summer showdown I've been dying to see what all the fuss is about. With gin, prosecco, cider, beer and street food available to sample, this is one event that's got that festival feeling I've been craving all summer.

Taking place over three days from 12 - 14 August 2016 on the Deeside Rugby Pitches, Banchory Beer Festival is anticipating a whopping 5,000 festivalgoers through its gates across the weekend. With the festival primarily catering to 18's and over, it is dedicating one full day (Sunday 14 August) to everyone, hosting a family day for all ages to enjoy. An opportunity for those families with young kids to enjoy a day out together, there is something for everyone with lots of free activities for kids including bouncy castles, ball pits, face painting and much more.

A food and drink enthusiast, and by enthusiast I mean someone who's hobby it it is to eat and drink their entire body weight every day, I've rounded up my top five vendors that you'll want to be queuing up for at the festival this summer. Featuring some North-east favourites, a new brewery and a swanky new gin.

1. FreshMex
Holy guacamole, am I glad these guys are making an appearance at Banchory Beer Festival again. Known for their bangin' dishes and offering up the freshest, homemade, fully customisable Tex-Mex street food, FreshMex are a must try to soak up all those beers.

Recently announcing their new residency at The Adams & The Hawthorn in Aberdeen, these guys have been busy, busy in serving up the hungry Harry's of Aberdeen, painting the town red with their homemade salsa. It's a yes from me.
Image from FreshMex
2. Fierce Beer
Being the newest kids on the block in the brewing industry and Aberdeen's only micro-brewery, Fierce Beer is taking the nation by storm. Already in bars as far north as John O' Groats all the way down south to London, every beer packs an intense punch of flavour, giving these guys something to really scream and shout about. With intense flavours, in your face branding and small experienced team, Fierce Beer is guaranteed to leave you thirsty for more.

3. The Bay Fish and Chips
My mouth is drooling at the thought of this already. My favourite fish and chip shop is taking to the road and bringing its award winning dishes to the festival. Yes, you lucky buggers are getting the chance to indulge in some of the finest fish and chips the nation has to offer. With it's focus on sustainability and utilising as many local producers as possible, The Bay not only creates unbelievably delicious dishes, but shows its true community spirit within the food and drink industry. A number one must try from me.

4. Dark Matter Distillers
Get your rum ting fix with Banchory's very own rum distillers. Best known for their spiced dark rum, which is recommended to be served on the rocks, this rum is deeeelicious and if you haven't already tried it, then I insist you do. Always one to push the boundaries with recommendations, I suggest adding a splash or two of ginger beer into your rum serving, I promise you won't regret it.

5. Stirling Gin 
Never one to miss out on an opportunity to try a new gin, and by new I mean an artisan one I've never tried before, Stirling Gin is one I am most looking forward to trying. The only product on this list to have not touched my lips before, to say I'm excited to try something new is an understatement. Recommended to add a fresh orange peel with a couple of fresh torn basil leaves to, and topping up with a premium tonic, this is one gin I'm looking forward to getting my hands on.
Image from Stirling Gin

Interested in getting involved in all the fun? Then get your tickets whilst you can because once they're gone, they're gone! The Saturday evening session has already sold out, and the other sessions are close to selling out very soon too. So if you want to come sip on gin an juice at the coolest festival in August with me and the Banchory Beer Festival gang, then you better be quick.


Session times:
Friday 12 August 2016: 6pm until midnight (strictly over 18's)
Saturday 13 August 2016: 12pm until midnight (strictly over 18's)
Sunday 14 August 2016: 12pm until 7pm (open to all ages)

All adult tickets cost £15 plus booking fee. The fee includes two drinks tokens, a programme featuuring information on everything that's happening at the festival and a bespoke festival cup.

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