The Spirit of Speyside festival will return in 2021

The popular Speyside whisky festival will make a welcome return in 2021.

Published 9th Dec 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The team behind the hugely popular Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival have announced that the 21st festival will go ahead in 2021, after the 2020 event was cancelled due to the cornavirus pandemic.

The six day festival will return to Speyside from 28 April to 3 May 2021, and will be adaptive to any Covid-19 measures in order for events to go ahead safely.

Celebrations will provide the ultimate opportunity for travellers, whisky lovers, outdoor activity enthusiasts or the local community to explore, taste and learn about the world-famous Speyside region.

Bringing together a huge variety of whisky companies with local communities and nearly 140 business members in the region, it is the biggest festival of its kind in the world.

James Campbell, festival chairman, said: “We are very excited about being back in business for 2021.

"The positive news about the coronavirus vaccines has given everyone a boost and it's great to see some light starting to emerge from what has been a long and very dark tunnel for everyone.

“Our distillers, who have done a great job to keep on working through the pandemic, supporting local communities with much sought after hand sanitiser and in so many other ways are now working on plans for their events along with our other event providers.

“Even if social distancing is still in place in late April I am confident they will come up with solutions to provide numerous brilliant events and we look forward to giving a very warm Speyside welcome to all of our new and returning UK and international guests in 2021.”

The full programme of events will be listed on the Spirit of Speyside website from Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Tickets will go on sale online on Monday 1 March 2021.

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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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