The Fife Whisky Festival
will return to Fife next March for a third time. The three-day 2020 event runs from March 6-8 and opens with a whisky-themed dinner at Lindores Abbey Distillery in Newburgh on the Friday evening. It closes on the Sunday with a special event at Kingsbarns Distillery near St Andrews.
The festival co-founders are Justine Hazlehurst, of Kask Whisky, and Karen Somerville, of Angels’ Share Glass.
Local MSP Willie Rennie welcomed the return of the Festival which has been credited with boosting’s Fife’s economy. He said, “I’m delighted to see the Fife Whisky Festival return for its third year, becoming a fixture in the calendar.
“I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s event which was superbly organised and a huge success – it was packed with people from across Scotland tasting some of the country’s best whisky.
“It is great to see a growing number of Fife brands featuring too with the relatively new distilleries we have making their mark.
“I can’t wait to see what next year’s festival brings but I am sure it will continue to reinforce Fife’s status as a whisky destination.”
The first Fife Whisky Festival took place in 2018 after Ms Hazlehurst and Mrs Somerville, an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), joined forces to bring whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife.
Ms Hazlehurst said, “We’re pleased with the way the Festival continues to go from strength to strength attracting visitors from across Scotland and further afield and really putting Fife on the map as a whisky destination.
“We’ve got several new exhibitors for the 2020 event, including Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery and Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford, and will also be welcoming back our regulars from Fife and elsewhere.
“There will be something for everyone who loves whisky to enjoy and we’re looking forward to a great weekend.”
The Festival will feature two tasting sessions on the Saturday with drams on offer from more than 30 distilleries and independent bottlers including Springbank, Kingsbarns, Fraiser of Scotland, Ben Nevis and Paul John Whisky.
The famous Luvians Bottle Shop, the festival’s on-site official retailer, will be on hand for whisky purchases and there will be food stalls run by local businesses throughout the day.