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Issue 136 - Speyside Festival

Whisky Magazine Issue 136
June 2016


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Speyside Festival

Another sensational event with record ticket sales

The final drams have been sipped at the 2016 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival – but organisers are already preparing to do it all over again. The festival finished on Monday, 2 May after over 500 events and now the team behind the world famous Festival are putting plans in place for a second event in the early autumn.

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival took place over five days in the heart of Scotland's best loved whisky producing region, drawing thousands of visitors from home and abroad for a programme combining the country's national drink with music, food and fun.

New records were set when tickets went on sale for the Festival's biggest ever programme earlier in the year. Festival chairman James Campbell says this year's gathering in whisky's spiritual home was one of the best on record.

He adds, “It will take us a little bit of time to find out what the overall numbers were, but the area was extremely busy for the full five days and, most importantly, everyone I saw and spoke to had nothing but great things to say.”

All eyes are now on Spirit of Speyside – Distilled, which will take place in Elgin Town Hall on to 9–11 September . It will bring together Speyside's whisky producers under one roof on their own doorstep for the very first time.

The event will also include local gin and craft beer, along with a wide range of food producers, showing off the extent of Speyside's larder. For further details visit

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