Bandstand Beer and Music Festival 11 - 20 April 2014
Cheers and hope to see you soon! Gordon and Morag Holding
Our annual Bandstand Beer Festival is now the largest independant beer festival in the Scottish Highlands. Now in it's sixth year, the festival attracts visitors from all over the UK. This year's festival takes place 11 - 20th April 2014.
During the week, there will be over 100 Scottish and English ales. We have already started planning the list of ales. We'll have ales from the following breweries (but there will be plenty to add to this list over the next few weeks):-
Arran, An Teallach, Barneys, Belhaven, Broughton, Burnside, Cairngorm, Caledonian, Camerons, Castle Rock, Cuillin, Cromarty, Deeside, Fyne Ales, Harviestoun, Highland, Hop Back, Houston, Inveralmond, Kelburn, Loch Ness, Moulin, Mor, Plockton, River Leven, Robinsons, Scottish Borders, St Andrews, Sinclair, Speyside, Stewart, Strathaven, Strathbraan, St Austell, Sunburst, Thornbridge, Timothy Taylor, Tempest, Tryst, TSA, Windswept, Williams Bros, Wylam.
We'll be featuring lots of seasonal ales so names and tasting notes won't be released until closer to the festival date.
As always, we'll have a good range of real ciders, plus speciality foreign beers Belgian, Czech and German. And whatever new and interesting beers catch our eye between now and Easter! We like to give our visitors something new to try, so if you know of an excellent local micro brewery that you think deserves to be featured, please let us know.
Live Music at the Festival
Live music has become a vital part of the festival over the past few years. This year, we'll have more live music than ever before with a range of talented musicians from around Scotland playing traditional Celtic and rock music. This year's line up is the best ever! Plus there are some "open mic" opportunities for any budding musicians. If you would like to take part in open mic, please contact Morag Holding at the Bandstand Bar by email or telephone to book a slot.
Programme of entertainment:
Fri 11 April
Open mic ( 5 - 8.30pm) - Eileeen and the Tree Fellers 6pm
MAK-A-DIN (9 - 12pm)
Sat 12 April
Scone Fairies (2 - 4pm)
Nairn Pipe Band - 4pm
Ken Duncan - 4.30pm Talk by Inveralmond Brewery's head brewer
Open mic (5 - 8.30pm)
Schiehallion (9 - 12pm)
Sun 13 April
The Mad Ferret Band (2 - 4pm)
Sunday BBQ 12 - 4pm
Silver Coast (7pm - 8pm)
The Mad Ferret Band (9 - 12pm)
Fri 18 April
Andy Murray (6 - 8pm)
BIRO (9 - 12pm)
Sat 19 April
Jemma Tweedie (2 - 4pm)
Screaming Mojos (9 - 12pm)
Sun 20 April - closing the festival in style!
Scone Fairies (2 - 4pm)
Sunday "Hog Roast" 12 - 4pm
Stuart Nisbet, Andy May & gang (9 - 12pm)
Visitors planning to stay a few days and make the most of the festival, should contact us early to book their accommodation - rooms are filling up fast. (There is a 10% discount on accommodation for CAMRA members)
Winter Beer Festival - 29 - 30th November 2014
A weekend focussed on trying some of the great winter-style ales, including new ones from Cairngorm.
Autumn Beer Festival - 26 - 29 September 2013
We celebrated the end of summer with our autumn beer festival. 35 Scottish and English ales dispensed by 12 hand pumps, plus German, Belgian and Czech draught lagers and a selection of real Scottish ciders. We had a weekend of live music with Andy Murray, The Mad Ferret Band, The Scone Fairies and a BBQ in the garden. Ale list and tasting notes click here.
Our fifth festival was our most successful ever. A glorious 10,500 pints - over 130 casks of Scottish and English ales and Scottish Ciders were enjoyed over a week of great craic, wonderful music, food and friendship. We had great feedback about the range of ales this year which included ales from new local micro breweries - click here. (some additional ales were added during the week). We had new ales from - Cromarty Brewery Atlantic Drift, Cairngorm Honey and Windswept Brewery. Most popular ale was Cromarty's Happy Chappy. Good feedback on Windswept Wolf and Speyside Brewery Bottlenose Bitter. Highland Brewery Island Hopping sold out by day two! Most popular English was Gundog Shotgun IPA. Mor Brewery Mor Please! 4.5% abv - excellent feedback and Williams Bros. Seven Giraffes. Strathbraan Brewery showcased "Head East" 4.2% abv and Due South 3.8% abv.
A brilliant line up of Live Music added to the event. Thank you to all who played and helped create such a great atmosphere - Richie Henderson, Stuart Nisbet, Andy May. Plus Andy Murray, The Scone Fairies, Jemma Tweedie and Mak-A-Din
We enjoyed a fascinating Brewer Talk by Ken Duncan, Head Brewer from Inveralmond Brewery and Ali and Nigel from Windswept Brewery. So thank you to for this.
We raised almost £1600.00 for MFR Cash for Kids - A big thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to the brewereries for generously donating items to be sold or raffled for charity:- Cairngorm Brewery, Cromarty Brewery, Fyne Ales, Highland Brewery, Houston Brewery, Inveralmond Brewery, Orkney Brewery, Speyside Brewery, Windswept Brewery.