Beer festival crowds look set to double

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This year’s second annual Banchory Beer Festival is expected to attract a crowd of 3,500 people, more than double last year’s attendance.

Brothers Mungo and Guy Finlayson will again organise the popular event, continuing the success from Febuary’s ‘Beer in the Barn’ event.

Tickets are already sold out for the Saturday of the three-day event, which runs Friday, August 7 till Sunday, August 9.

Co-founder Mungo says they have listened to feedback from other events and he hopes this year’s festival can provide something for everyone.

“This year we’re trying to provide a bit of variety for people coming along while still making sure the products are unique and a bit different.

“On of these will be Scotland’s first ever Rum, distilled just five minutes away from where we’re holding the festival. We’ll also have a Prosecco bar and a variety of Gin on offer.”

The festival is being held on Deeside Rugby Club’s pitches on the edge of Banchory, easily reachable by bus or car from towns across the region.

The Sunday leg of the event is also set to bring something new, with it being earmarked as the family day of the festival.

“We’re hoping to have a bouncy castle, softball area, face painting, a magician and a balloon artist so people will be able to bring along the kids and still sample the fantastic products while there.

“Sunday will also see up and coming indie band Junebug bring their music to the tent, just one day after performing in Belgium.

“The food on offer is from FreshMix, an Aberdeen firm who specialise in Mexican style meals such as burritos and nachos.”

Tickets for Sunday and Friday are still available and can be purchased from the Banchory Beer Festival website.

“My personal favourite product we offer is Warner Edward Gin from Yorkshire.

“I recommend people look out for it and sample it, but they’ll have to be quick as last year and in February it was one of our most popular products, we couldn’t sell enough and ran out of stock.”