National Whisky Festival to return to Aberdeen - and debut in Edinburgh

Following sell out success in Glasgow, the National Whisky Festival of Scotland will return to Aberdeen Music Hall on September 18 and debut at Edinburgh Summerhall on December 11 2021.

Published 13th Aug 2021
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland (NWF) has officially confirmed the return of its live exhibition events in 2021, with two editions of the popular Scottish cultural festival scheduled to take place in Aberdeen and Edinburgh later this year.

Keen to follow successful inaugural events in both cities, as well as the sell out success of the annual NWF Glasgow event (part of Celtic Connections) NWF will finally be making its way back to Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 18 September before debuting at Edinburgh’s Summerhall on Saturday 11 December.

Across two extensive three-and-a-half hour sessions each event will showcase dozens of exhibitors from many of the most exciting and innovative names from across the industry spectrum, each bringing with them an diverse range of whiskies and guest spirits - all of which are available to try and included in the ticket price.

Whether you're a seasoned whisky enthusiast or a curious newcomer, you can expect a relaxed day of exploration, celebration and tasting alongside a full programme of live entertainment - including specially-curated live music, tasting masterclasses and presentations by brand ambassadors and industry experts as well as pop-up food and drink vendors and craft stalls.

A spokesperson said: "It's been a long time coming, but we're delighted to finally announce the first batch of distillers and independent bottlers set to attend his year's Aberdeen Edition, which features many returning NWF favourites as well as some exciting new additions."

Picture: Beth Chalmers

These new additions include:

  • Angus Dundee
  • Douglas Laing
  • Eden Mill
  • Frasier of Scotland
  • The Glenallachie
  • Glen Scotia
  • J.G Thomson
  • Mackmyra
  • Lady of the Glen
  • Lindores Abbey
  • Loch Lomond Whiskies
  • Paul John
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SPEY
  • The Glasgow Distillery Company

NWF Festival co-ordinator Gareth Croll added: “We are excited beyond belief to finally be returning to both Aberdeen and Edinburgh again this year.

"Collaboration and celebration with those around us is vitally important to what we do and while it's great that so many have done their bit to keep events like ours alive virtually over the last 18 months, we are excited to once again be walking into the dynamic world of physical whisky events.

"Our Aberdeen edition is one of our most popular events and we are absolutely delighted at the prospect of returning to the city and sharing a whisky with our friends in the North East once again.

"Meanwhile, Edinburgh Summerhall is a brand new venue for us and will provide the perfect atmosphere for our newest NWF event in the capital this December. We can’t wait to show you all what we have in store.”

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The full line-up and music/masterclass programmes for each session will be announced in the run up to each edition.

However, those interested in attending are being encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment, particularly as the last event sold out in advance.

Event information

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: Aberdeen Edition

Saturday 18 September 2021

Music Hall - Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

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Ticket: £35.00

Under 25s: £25.00

Session 1: 12pm

Session 2: 4.15pm

The National Whisky Festival of Scotland: Edinburgh Edition

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Saturday 11 December 2021

Summerhall - 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Ticket: £35.00

Under 25s: £25.00

Session 1: 12pm

Session 2: 4.15pm

All tickets include:

  • Entry to one NWF Session (3 ½ hrs)
  • 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 onsite festival bottle shop - run by specialist retailers.
  • Access to masterclasses within your session (to be booked separately)
  • And last but by no means least - an incredible bill of live music.

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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