It’s just over a month now to our trip to Dundee, and Spirit of North Hop! You might remember that I’m a North Hop ambassador, and while Mr B and I will be crewing it up on the big day, there’ll be more than a few things that I will be checking out for over the two sessions on the 24th November!
At the end of this post there are details about an epic festival giveaway I’m hosting on Instagram, so keep reading!
Your Spirit of North Hop session ticket entitles you to a festival programme, Spirit of North Hop glass, and 5ml tasters from all 18 (!) distilleries at Spirit of North Hop, so you can work your way round, interspersing your tasters with chat, food, buys from the market stalls, and enjoying the acoustic acts who will be performing throughout the sessions. Essential information including session times and accommodation deals can be found here.
One of my favourite gins – the wonderfully citrus infused Kirkjuvagr from Orkney will be there, as well as other new favourite Darnleys (see my #distilyourown experience at their distillery cottage in Fife in September). For gin-haters, don’t despair, as there are plenty of juniper-free alternatives on offer! At Spirit of North Hop, all the distilleries will be able to offer you their perfect serves (and there some pretty unique serves on offer!), and you’ll also be able to buy bottles to take home (anyone else thinking about Christmas gifts?)!
A new element for this festival will be the themed bars, and here’s where there’s a great focus on the local offerings from the city of discovery itself! The 71 Brewing Taproom, The King of Islington and Abandon Ship will all be creating their own unique spaces to serve up cocktails and brews aplenty, and teaming up with festival favourites Thistly Cross Cider and infused gin liqueurs from nearby Angus’ Gin Bothy, will be the legendary North Hop bar complete with a country orchard vibe!
Of course the food offering at North Hop festivals is nothing short of epic, and this festival is no exception, with the line-up including North American/Canadian comfort food from Down the Hatch, Mexican street food from Muchacho, authentic Spanish tapas from Moskito, and Indian street food from our lovely hosts at the Apex Hotel Dundee! Veggies and vegans will be equally happy to hear that Faceplant Foods will be offering up some vegan-friendly treats to keep all tummies full!
As well as all the food and drink vendors, there’s also a market crammed with sweet treats (ice cream rolls from Rolly’s, and the most delicious chocolate brownies from Artisana’s), non-drinkers/drivers can keep hydrated with coffee from Sacred Grounds, and assorted tonics, ginger beer and fruit sodas from the ‘In the Mix’ stand. Make sure you browse Tea Green – a curated collection of designers and crafters who will surely have some ideal Christmas gifts ready to be snapped up!
SPIRIT OF NORTH HOP GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Head over to my Instagram profile where you’ll be able to enter my Spirit of North Hop giveaway, in which you have a chance to win a pair of tickets for the afternoon Spirit of North Hop session, as well as a festival package prize filled with prizes kindly supplied by Orkney Distilling, 71 Brewing, Gordon Castle Scotland, Artisana Brownies, Sacred Grounds Coffee Company, Cushiedoos, and Bon Accord Soft Drinks!
Spirit of North Hop is on Saturday 24th November 2018 (afternoon session 1-5pm/evening session 6-10pm) at the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee. You can buy tickets here!