Spirit of Speyside 2020 cancelled as precaution against coronavirus spread

The popular whisky festival, which welcomes people from all over the globe, is to cancel its six day event due to coronavirus concerns.

Published 17th Mar 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The Spirit of Speyside Festival, which was set to run from 29 April till 4 May, is to be cancelled due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Posting on their social media, the team said:


The decision to cancel the 2020 Whisky Festival reflects the quickly-evolving situation as a result of the Covid-19 virus and recommendations from the Scottish Government to restrict public gatherings as a preventative measure.

Ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible by the Whisky Festival Team and refunds will be at the discretion of individual event providers.

James Campbell, Chairman at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, said: "In response to the escalating situation with Covid-19, the Board of Directors have decided that this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is cancelled as a preventative measure.

"Our Festival welcomes visitors from across the globe to the region each year and it is our priority to keep both our visitors and the local community safe.

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“We very much regret the inconvenience that this will cause our visitors, event providers, members, partners and local communities, and trust that everyone will fully understand why we have had to make this decision."

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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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