New for 2022, the once separate Stirling Gin and Whisky Festivals have been relaunched as the Stirling SpiritFEST, a combined 10 day celebration of Scottish spirits. The newly created SpiritFEST will run from the 28th October through to the 6th November and will include both gin and whisky festivals on back to back weekends. The festival will offer more opportunities for spirit workshops and masterclasses and will include a range of drinks-based events including a rum masterclass, at venues across Stirling mid-week.
With Stirling's Whisky festival now in its 11th year after launching in 2012, and the Gin festival being one of the first of its kind when it launched in 2014, this year's combined event promises to be bigger than ever. Some of the most prestigious names from both industries will be in attendance, while the popular cocktail masterclasses will return through the day - giving any wannabe mixologists the opportunity to get their shakers out and mix things up on their day out.
Event organiser June McCann spoke of the SpiritFEST launch; “We are really excited about the next chapter in our spirit festival journey. It made sense to unite both festivals and create a 10 day celebration of the Spirits of Scotland. As well as gin and whisky, we will host events over the 10 days including the spooky gin tasting and ghost walk at the Old Town Jail. It’s an event not to be missed!”
Stirling Distillery owner Cameron McCann was also keen to add that “this festival is a great opportunity for Scottish brands to promote their products as well as encourage visitors to explore local Stirling businesses as they descend on our beautiful, historic city”.
There will be a competition for the best dressed stall at both gin and whisky festivals so keep your eyes peeled and vote for your favourite. Lindores Abbey distillery won best stall at the 2021 Stirling Whisky Festival with a beautiful rustic display of their whisky and botanicals.
Another feature of last year's event was Wild Thyme Spirits, who brought along their Colonsay gin. Wild Thyme owner Finlay Geekie was excited for what the 2022 edition had in store for all involved: “We had an absolute blast at the event - great venue - well attended - the gin drinkers of Stirling were very generous in their praise for our products and purchased accordingly! We sold out of three of the gins we brought along despite thinking we’d over stocked! We would highly recommend this event to both gin consumers and gin producers alike!”.
Both events will be held at the beautiful Golden Lion hotel in Stirling City Centre with the rum masterclass and gin tasting and ghost walk held at Stirling Distillery. These festivals sell out quickly so don’t delay. Tickets can be purchased online from 9am on Monday 14th March.
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