This Friday, October 28th marks our fifth visit to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza at the Union League in Philadelphia. While I love this event and look forward to it all year long, I am very curious to see what other whisk(e)y festivals are like, particularly ones that take place where the actual whisky is produced.
Below are six whisk(e)y festivals that have me totally intrigued (the descriptions were taken directly from their websites):
Whisky Live Paris
Whisky Live is the international celebration of whisky, bringing all the whiskies of the world together under one roof. Whisky Live prides itself on bringing together the finest whiskies, great food and a range of education and entertainment to make learning about whisky both fun and stimulating. Whether you are a whisky enthusiast an uninitiated newcomer or just looking for a day out that offers you something different Whisky Live has something for everyone.
Maltstock is a gathering of whisky enthusiasts. Arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday makes Maltstock an unique weekend of relaxed whisky fun. Many great whiskies to share and plenty of time to enjoy. At Maltstock you will find industry present, surpising masterclasses, plenty of great whisky, a whisky quiz, BBQ, campfire and lots more.
The Spirit of Speyside
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009. Held each year during the first long weekend in May, it creates an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a visit to Speyside before the start of the main tourism season. The Festival invites visitors to celebrate Scotland’s national drink through an inventive and wide-ranging programme of whisky-inspired events – some educational, all of them fun.
The Islay Festival of Music and Malt
Since our beginning in 1984 the Islay Festival Association must have greeted literally hundreds of thousands of visitors, and still you find us!! This year we will be featuring a ‘Food Event’, an outdoor gig, Gaelic lessons, music, songs, ceilidhs, fishing, whisky tasting and much more.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you 6 full days of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure.
The Universal Whisky Experience
Sampling a dram of whisky from the world’s most unique, finest premium whiskies from the top-tier brands. Conversing with and learning from whisky aficionados, high-end connoisseurs, and collectors. Dining, shopping, and playing at one of the top resorts in the world’s entertainment playground, Las Vegas, Nevada.
So here’s the question…
If time and money were no object, what whisk(e)y festival would you most want to attend? Please take a minute to vote. Here’s the poll…<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/5614924/">View This Poll</a>