Friday, 13 April 2018

North Hop Aberdeen | A Look Back at the Final Fling

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the North Hop festivals, and this last year as their North East Ambassador has been so much fun! The Easter weekend saw North Hop Aberdeen, as we know it, come to an end and I couldn't let it pass by without taking a look back at the final fling...

Food and Drink at North Hop Final Fling in Aberdeen
North Hop Aberdeen Final Fling Glass

As always it was a weekend of excellent booze, top food, a fab little market and an epic line-up of local music acts. I sampled my fair share of goodies over the three sessions so, while it's a struggle to choose, I thought I'd share my favourite food and drink picks.

Liberty Kitchen Horsebox North Hop Aberdeen
So On Fire Beef nachos at North Hop

The Food

We were spoiled for choice with the Liberty Kitchen, Melt, So on Fire, Aye Love Real Food, Harajuku Kitchen and Wild Fig exhibiting. First up, and a particular highlight, was the loaded nachos from So - topped with braised beef and mixture of chilli and herbs, they tasted absolutely unreal!

So On Fire Loaded Fries at North Hop

Their salt and pepper fries were a big hit at the festival too but it was Wild Fig's beer fondue chips - topped with a pancetta and parma ham crumble - that stole the show for me! Gordon's favourites included the haggis grilled cheese from Melt and haggis scotch egg from Aye Love Real Food - sensing a theme here?

Aye Love Real Food Scotch Egg at North Hop
Melt Haggis Cheese Toastie at North Hop

The Drinks

Porter's take on a Floradora cocktail and Carroun's blush apple martinis were a treat, but it was the North Hop Bar I couldn't keep away from! Gordon discovered new beers from Top Out Brewery and Out of Town Brewing, sampled Finnieston's whisky cocktails and became a big fan of Fierce Beer's Café Racer - a coffee and vanilla porter.

Finnieston Distillery Company North Hop Aberdeen

This was the first outing for North Hop's own bar and it went down a storm. With spirits from Berry Bros Rudd, mixers from Lamb & Watt and local Aberdeen bartenders Adrian and Connor on board, it couldn't go wrong really. Not to mentioned the incredible ice sculptures from Edinburgh Ice Co!

North Hop Bar

Perfect serves and cocktails were both on offer - the Penny Royale and Clover Club were my picks, but Gordon was a big fan of the Forsyth Boilermaker made with the Glenrothes Vintage Reserve and Beer Story's On the Road IPA. I genuinely can't wait to hear where they'll take the North Hop Bar next!

North Hop Bar Cocktail Making
North Hop Bar Cocktail

I couldn't write this post without a big shout out to the market retailers! Never 25 stood out from the crowd with their fruit flavoured spirits. Michelle kindly gifted us a mini bottle of the strawberry eau de vie, which I'll be pairing with a basil tonic from Lamb & Watt. 


Aberdeen's Etsy Team had a plethora of creative goodies available from handmade jewellery to quirky illustrated prints. I had good fun screen printing my very own canvas bag with Orange-ade and couldn't resist the enamel mug from Juniper Press - it'll be perfect for our NC500 camping trip!  

Gordon and Christy at North Hop

The Final Fling was an absolute joy and a privilege to be a part of. I'm gutted that this is the end of North Hop Aberdeen - for now - but firmly believe that when one door closes, another one opens. The North Hop brand is hugely popular with the Aberdeen crowd and will surely be back with a bang! 
Watch this space!

*I am an ambassador of North Hop and atteneded the event as a crew member.
All views are my own and 100% genuine as always.

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