THE LOCAL BREWERIES behind last weekend’s Moray Moktoberfest at the Elgin Town Hall have been raising a final glass to their most successful event yet.
The venue was once again filled to the sound of music, the smell of sausages and the flavours of great craft beers from across Scotland and beyond as Moray’s Moktoberfest returned to the town.
Around 1000 people packed the hall over the two nights – and enjoyed a selection of 45 Scottish beers available on cask and keg, while a bottle bar offered rare world beers, local gins, wine and soft drinks.
Festival goer, Ian Wilson, described it as a “Fantastic evening with splendid beers, great atmosphere and fab bands … thoroughly enjoyed myself!”
Moktoberfest is now a much-anticipated fixture on the social calendar in Moray – this was the fourth event since 2013. The charity beer festival is a collaborative event, organised by three local breweries – Windswept Brewing Co from Lossiemouth, Mulben’s Spey Valley Brewery and The Rothes Brewery. All profits from the event are given to the Rotary Clubs of Elgin, Aberlour and Keith to distribute among local causes.
Musician Chris Grant was charged with organising a line-up of sixteen local bands, interspersed with authentic Bavarian ‘oompah’ music from the ever-popular Moray Stein Brass.
Al Read, Windswept Brewing Company Operations Director and Moktoberfest committee member, said: “This has been the best Moktoberfest yet!
“Thanks to all the bands, volunteers, sponsors and especially everyone who came to party, drink, dance and raise a good amount for local charities while having a great time!”
The organisers would particularly like to thank the sponsors for their generous support, including Muntons Maltings, Saltaire Security, the Copper Dog, Campbell & McHardy, Riverside Kitchens and El-Gin.
Moktoberfest returns next year on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September 2018. For more information, keep an eye on www.moktoberfest.co.uk.