With the first event taking place in 2018, the Fife Whisky Festival has now become an annual fixture on many whisky enthusiasts' calendars. As well as celebrating the renaissance of whisky production in the Kingdom, there are many distilleries and whisky producers from much further afield who assemble at the Corn Exchange in Cupar to showcase their whisky wares.
This year's festival, taking place in March, drams off once again with the Opening Dinner at Lindores Abbey Distillery. Following on from the huge success of last year, when Karen Betts - head of the Scotch Whisky Association - was the after dinner speaker, the Fife Whisky Festival team decided to organise another one! This year, founders and directors, Karen Somerville and Justine Hazlehurst are looking forward to welcoming one of Scotland's best loved authors (and whisky enthusiast!) Ian Rankin to the first of the weekend's events.
After mingling with some well known, and maybe some not so well known, guests from the Scotch whisky industry over some Lindores' Aqua Vitae cocktails in the Stillroom, it's then time for everyone to take their seats in the magnificent Cloister for a three course dinner paired with some delicious drams. It's truly an evening of great food, great whisky, great company in, what can only really be described as, a magnificent venue!
Saturday sees the arrival of the main event; over 35 distilleries, independent bottlers and whisky producers from near and far - from Fife to New Zealand - pouring some wonderful whisky for festival goers to taste. This year sees the return of Springbank, Adelphi, Paul John and Glenfiddich as well as many others. 2020 also sees the Fife Whisky Festival debut of Edinburgh's new distillery, Holyrood, as well as Speyside's GlenAllachie and Sweden's Mackmyra.
This year, the festival will see a full Fife contingent! Daftmill, InchDairnie, Lindores, Eden Mill and Kingsbarns distilleries will all be exhibiting and Cameronbridge will be represented by a special limited edition bottling which has been released exclusively for this year's festival.
Selected by official on site retailer and all round whisky legends, Luvians, and bottled by Fife Whisky Festival exhibitor, James Eadie, this 22 year old single grain whisky was finished for twelve months in a first fill Marsala hogshead. The release is limited to just 275 bottles and will be on sale for the first time at this year's festival.
With the festival growing each year, more events are being added to the calendar. This year sees a new Sunday event; a special screening of The Amber Light at Kingsbarns Distillery. Directed by Adam Park, the film features whisky writer, Dave Broom, on his quest to gain a deeper understanding of his national drink - Scotch whisky.
The film will be followed by an exclusive guided tour of Kingsbarns Distillery and a tasting of some special drams.
As much as this festival is about celebrating Fife's growth as a whisky producing region, it's also about celebrating whisky from all over Scotland and, indeed, the rest of the world. The good people of Fife have extend the warmest of welcomes to everyone visiting the Corn Exchange to enjoy a few drams, whether they have simply taken a short walk to the venue or flown in from the other side of the world. This is the real joy of whisky; it brings people together.
The Fife Whisky Festival is taking from Friday 6th - Sunday 8th of March at Cupar Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar, KY15 4BT.
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