Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A to Z Dating... F is for Festival!

F is for Festival!
Fencing - Fishing - Flower Arranging (ha!)

Some letters are definitely harder than others! Neither of us fancy fishing, I've no idea where you can try fencing and there's no way Gordon would take a flower arranging class! Luckily we had North Hop in our diaries and the beer festival was timed perfectly for our "F" date.


Last year's North Hop festival was loads of fun, and I wasn't even drinking then! We said straight after that we'd definitely go back and we did, for the Easter weekend's Saturday afternoon session in Aberdeen. I was on a mission to make up for being designated driver the year before!


Cocktail Lounge

Poco Prosecco seemed a good place to start! I had my first ever Aperol Spritz (I know!) and loved it - if only I'd of been faster than my guests at my own wedding reception, I could have sampled them then haha! For a beer festival, there's plenty non-beer options. I enjoyed a couple of fruity cocktails from our wedding bartenders 10 Dollar Shake, while Gordon sipped on their whiskey and rose lemonade which was a surprisingly good mix!


The gin folk were out in force with everyone from Esker Spirits to Lone Wolf, who showcased a North Hop special gin flavoured with gorse. He bought a bottle of Aelder's Scottish elderberry elixir and I headed to check out the Porter's gin slush machine!


Beer Hall

The tokens you receive on arrival this year bought us a taste of Festival Cider from Thistly Cross and Fierce Beer's Serial Thriller festival brew! I'm not much of a beer or cider drinker these days but enjoyed the classic apple cider taste. Gordon made his way through the beer supplies of course, including Out of Town Brewing, Spey Valley and 71 Brewing. 80 Bob from St Andrew's Brewing Co and Brewgooder's clean water lager were his highlights from the day.



The Food

I love sampling street food at markets and festivals. This year's foodie offerings were top notch although I wished there were smaller, bite size snacks on offer so I could fit more in. We deployed a sharing tactic to maximise the amount of different foods we could taste! I finally got to try fish and chips from Stonehaven's The Bay chipper, and it was worth the wait. Melt were on point as usual with their classic cheese toasties and you can't beat Fresh Mex nachos! I scored a few different vegan brownies from Foodstory to share with the family later, but the Guinness ones were my favourite!



Other highlights of the afternoon included Juniper Press, music from The Harmonica Movement and watching two artists live at work on a piece to be auctioned off for charity later.

If you're having a go at A-Z dating and fancy a festival yourself, look out for the Taste of Grampian food fest on 3rd June and North Hop Glasgow on the 17th!

*We were invited to North Hop as guests. All opinions are my own and 100% genuine.

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