What’s a better way to spend your Sunday than drinking beer and gin in a field, listening to some top music? Don’t think there is one tbh. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to head to a local festival which celebrated music, good food and of course alcohol!
The Banchory Beer Festival was actually one I’d heard of before so I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to go along. This year saw them set up in the Rugby Playing Fields with both a gin bar and a beer/cider bar. As someone who isn’t a huge fan on beer, I was pretty chuffed there was other drinks on offer. I of course worked my way through just about every gin that was on offer – with the elderflower gin being my absolute favourite. David on the other hand was determined to try as many beers as he could, with there even being a salted caramel based beer – it was certainly different from to any other beer I’ve tried but I don’t think either of us were sold on it.
We were also met with the sounds of some truly talented local Scottish muscians, with Dougal’s Jumper and Scott Wallace Music being my ultimate highlights. The atmosphere was one of cosiness, with children running around and smashing into mini hay bails and plenty of buzz. But for me the food was the most exciting part that I was looking forward to. When I heard there would be woodfire cooked pizzas I knew I was heading straight to those. You had the choice to make your own pizza from a vast range of ingredients, so I opted for a cheese, pesto and sundried tomato option – save to say it was so delicious. David on the other went for a classic meaty burger that hit the spot perfectly.
Now in the interest of always being honest over these parts, I’m going to have to be real here. I hate to be negative about any brand as I understand the level of work that goes into planning an event, especially a festival, however I found the Beer Festival to be somewhat lacking in variety. With the cheapest ticket being £17.50 and the most expensive at £25 I was expecting a lot of bang for my buck, which sadly I was not met with. Although the drinks and food on offer was good, there was little else to entertain you if you weren’t interested in the music. Although being provided with a free drinks token when you arrived (which was great) you did have to pay more for any other drinks or food. As we went on the family day, I think it would be a pretty expensive day out for a full family. Although there was some outdoor activities on for kids – so they seemed well entertained. I hope at least for the amount of ticket prices, that they’ll be able to grow the festival and make the next one even better. I think it’s amazing to have a festival right on our doorstep so I’d loved to see this festival grow into something really amazing. Next time I think I’ll go on the Saturday and get the full adult experience – drinks all day with all your friends sounds like a dream!
Once again a huge thank you to guys at the Banchory Beer Festival for providing me with the tickets – on the whole it turned out to be a nice little day out of the city and I can’t wait to see where the festival goes next.
Love, Lauren – x