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Very best of Moray’s food and drink industry to be showcased once again at Distilled to be held at Elgin Town Hall after special anniversary celebrations


By Ewan Malcolm

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TICKETS for one of the biggest celebrations of Moray’s food and drink industry are now on sale.

George McNeil at Speyside Distilled Food & Drink festival 2022. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
George McNeil at Speyside Distilled Food & Drink festival 2022. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled will be held at Elgin Town Hall on September 6 and September 7 for the final time before the venue undergoes a major refurbishment next year.

The annual event, which brings together some of the region’s best whisky distillers, breweries and food suppliers all under one roof, comes after the most successful Spirit of Speyside Festival ever was held in May.

The 25th anniversary celebrations of the festival continue with Distilled.

George McNeil, Chairman of Spirit of Speyside, said: “Following record ticket sales for the festival in May, this is now a chance for us to profile some of the globally renowned distilleries alongside hand-crafted companies creating small-batch products where together, they show the diversity of Speyside produce.”

Last year’s event attracted over 1000 attendees. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Last year’s event attracted over 1000 attendees. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Organisers say the event is not solely about whisky with attendees also afforded the opportunity to enjoy a variety of rum, gin, vodka, cocktails and craft beers as well as food from Speyside’s larder.

The event’s “Sampling Hall” will play host to over 20 stands where visitors can enjoy a dram and speak to some of the biggest global players in the industry.

Distilleries and blenders taking part include Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Balvenie, The GlenAllachie, Gordon & MacPhail, Cardhu, Strathisla, Murray McDavid and Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky.

Caorrunn, Gordon Castle and Red Door gins will also be pouring samples for Moray’s gin lovers.

Organisers have also confirmed that the popular Tap Room will be running again by Against the Grain Beer Emporium offering a variety of Speyside craft beers.

Connoisseur Masterclasses are taking place for 45 minutes each on Friday night with Gordon & MacPhail and Speyburn.

Saturday afternoon is hosted by Chivas Brothers and Glenfiddich and on Saturday night, Cardhu, who celebrate their 200th anniversary this year, will finish the event off in style.

New for this year, a Connoisseur Pass will include an exclusive seat at two of the masterclasses for 30 guests only at a time.

The Johnstons of Elgin Lounge will be hosting special pour sessions and Premium Passes will give access to the Lounge and a voucher to use at the food vendors.


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