Falkirk whisky fest goes down a treat

Over 500 people attended the event at Larberts Dobbie Hall
Over 500 people attended the event at Larberts Dobbie Hall

Falkirk’s first ever whisky festival went down a treat with hundreds of revellers who toasted more than a few drams of Scotland’s finest.

Larbert’s Dobbie Hall was the venue for the gathering which attracted more than 500 whisky lovers from across Scotland to the district for its first festival paying homage to the amber nectar.

There were drams from distilleries including BenRiach, Jura and Spey as well as products from independent bottlers such as Gordon and MacPhail and Douglas Laing.

International whiskies like Amrut and Nikka were also available to taste and local business Four in One teamed up with Adelphi Selection to offer pairings of Indian cuisine and whisky.

Bottles were available to buy from distributors The Good Spirits Co. and a raffle for Strathcarron Hospice, run by Amrit Dhillon from Four in One, raised over £1000.

Organiser Andy Ure from the Woodlands area of Falkirk said the day was a massive success.

Andy (31) said: “I’m a whisky enthusiast and regularly attend whisky festivals all over the country. I was coming back from events in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh and realising the train was packed with people from Falkirk so I thought there was a demand to hold our own festival.”

The tickets sold out in just two days and plans are already underway for a 2017 event.

Andy added: “I must thank all the exhibitors, staff, helpers and especially the guests for helping make the first Falkirk Whisky Festival such a success.”