• Manchester Whisky Festival – mammoth celebration of the wee dram

Manchester Whisky Festival – mammoth celebration of the wee dram

5 August 2017 by Neil Sowerby

THE Manchester Whisky Festival 2017 will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, in the Manchester Town Hall’s spectacular Great Hall with the promise of fresh additions and even more drams for your buck.

Run by ‘Whisky Evangelist’ Eddie Ludlow and his team, the two days include new workshops, plus the opportunity to try some rare and exclusive whiskies from the expanded ‘Under the Counter Drams’ selection.

Whether you’re a whisky novice, just know your Scotch from your Bourbon or are steeped in single malt, this is the place to taste the best of homegrown whiskies, as well as an incredible selection from around the globe.

September’s event will amazingly be the ninth, having grow in stature year on year and organisers expect the visitor figure to pass last year’s 1,500, making it the UK’s largest.

Exhibitors include Talisker, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Kavalan, Aberlour, Springbank, Nikka, Elements of Islay, The Quiet Man and The Macallan.

Special features within the Festival this year include:

The Blending Lab –Visitors can create their own blend under the watchful eye of the Master Blender in residence!

Cocktail workshop – Visitors will be taught how to make classic whisky cocktails, as well as drink them.

Whisky Crèche – A welcoming, chilled out workshop area for ‘whisky newbies’. Run by Whisky For Everyone’s Matt Chambers, who also writes for The Huffington Post.

Whisky Lounge – a member’s area that will showcase some of Eddie’s favourite Drams.

Masterclasses – including Angel Share Glassmakers who will be doing live glass-blowing.

Whisky Fun Area – include Giant Jenga, Connect Four, Table Football, Whisky Bingo with ‘artist in residence’ Zoe Toolan.

There are three sessions over two days: Friday September 1, 6pm-10pm; Saturday September 2 12pm-4pm and 5pm-9pm.Taster Tickets are £15, while Full Session Tickets cost £30. Buy them in advance here.