Speyside drink fest cancelled amid virus uncertainty

Organisers of the Spirit of Speyside Festivals have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Distilled Festival due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The two-day food and drink celebration, which is usually held in Elgin Town Hall, was planned to take place from 28-29 August and had anticipated around 1,400 visitors.

As a consequence of ongoing uncertainties surrounding timings for the lifting of Scotland’s lockdown and social distancing restrictions, the festival board has taken the difficult decision to cancel the event this year.

Distilled brings Speyside’s world-famous whisky distillers together with gin, vodka, craft beer and artisan food producers under one roof each year to celebrate the region’s larder. It has attracted many guests from throughout the UK and from overseas since it first started in 2016, and is now a firmly established and popular event in Moray.

James Campbell, chairman of the Spirit of Speyside Festivals said: “We are saddened to announce this year’s Distilled food and drink festival will not go ahead, and we know our visiting guests and the local community will be naturally disappointed to hear this news.

“We now turn our thoughts to 2021 and how we can rally our world-class community of distillers and producers together as we aim to create an even bigger and better calendar of events that will go over and above expectations. We look forward to welcoming friends from home and abroad back to the region next year for our popular Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, as well as our Gin and Distilled festivals.”