National Whisky Festival announces Aberdeen and Edinburgh dates

Following sell out success in Glasgow last month, the National Whisky Festival will debut at Edinburgh’s Summerhall this summer before returning to Aberdeen Music Hall later this year.

Published 5th Feb 2020
Updated 5 th Feb 2020

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland (NWF) has announced three more events for 2020 following the sell out success of the festival in Glasgow’s SWG3 as part of Celtic Connections.

Following popular previous editions in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, NWF will be making its way back to both cities this year, first heading to Edinburgh’s Summerhall on Saturday 18 July before returning to Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 5 September.

For the first time the festival will also head south to London on Saturday 25 April at the city's Round Chapel - with three sessions available.

Maintaining the format of previous Scottish festivals, the Edinburgh and Aberdeen editions will each offer two extensive three-and-a-half hour sessions of unique whisky tastings, pop-up food, drink and craft stalls, and entertainment - including specially-curated live music, and masterclasses held by expert brand ambassadors.

Each event will showcase dozens of exhibitors from many of the most exciting and innovative names in the industry, each bringing with them an extensive range of whiskies to try - all of which are included in the ticket price.

At this year’s debut event at Summerhall in Edinburgh, there will also be an outdoor Cocktail Courtyard with pop up street food stalls, outdoor beer bar and whisky-inspired cocktails to compliment the summer weather, whatever that may be.

No matter what your whisky experience - from seasoned palettes to adventurous newcomers - there is something for all at these laid-back festivals.

The team at NWF said: "You won't be sniffed at for enjoying whisky your way, nor will you have to pay through the nose to sample some of the finest whiskies the world has to offer."

The full line-up and music/masterclass programmes for each session will be announced in the run up to each edition. However, advanced booking is recommended as previous events have sold out.

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The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: Edinburgh Edition

Saturday 18th July 2020

Summerhall - 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Ticket: £35.00

Under 25s: £25.00

Session 1: 1200hrs

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Session 2: 1615hrs

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: Aberdeen Edition

Saturday 5th September 2020

Music Hall - Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Ticket: £35.00

Under 25s: £25.00

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Session 1: 1200hrs

Session 2: 1615hrs

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: London Edition

Saturday 25th April 2020

Round Chapel - 1D Glenarm Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LY

Ticket: £35.00

Under 25s: £25.00

Session 1: 1200hrs

Session 2: 1530hrs

Session 3: 1900hrs

What does the ticket price include?

Entry to one NWF Session (3 ½ hrs)

Unique NWF branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass, to use on the day and take home

Access to sampling an extensive range of different whiskies

The official festival programme

Discount vouchers to be used at the festival bottle shop,.

Access to masterclasses within your session (to be booked separately)

Chance to hear some brilliant live music

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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