On the Saturday and Sunday of the Spirit of Speyside Festival the Dufftown Whisky Fair was being held at the Memorial Hall which is located not too far away from the central Clock Tower at the Square.
The hall was filled with about a dozen stands. Of the distilleries only Angus Dundee with their Tomintoul and Glencadam single malts was present, the emphasis was strongly on indepent bottlers, but also the Dufftown Whisky Shop was present. Notable participants included Gordon & MacPhail, Duncan Taylor, Douglas Laing and Cadenhead’s.
As there are plenty of distilleries to visit in Speyside anyway, I quite liked this, and it also allowed me to meet a few people with whom I had been electronically communicating before, like David Stirk of Creative Whisky Co., Mark Davidson of Cadenhead’s or Jan Beckers of Douglas Laing.
Although the hall was rather crowded from the big attendance, there were enough seats and even tables to be able to enjoy the drams in a leisurely manner and to also write down tasting notes. Some basic but quite enjoyable food also was provided by volunteers at very affordable prices.
Not really a part of the Whisky Fair, but certainly with deliberate timing, there also was a concert of the Dufftown and District Pipe Band at the Square. For a strong hour the streets of Dufftown echoed with pipes and drums which naturally also attracted quite a crowd of listeners.