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Rob Allanson
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Head West

Postby Rob Allanson » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:15 pm

The West coast seems to be gearing up for a bumper summer. Well worth a look I reckon.


A Warm Whisky Welcome Marks the Beginning
of a Dram Good Festival!
Barrels of Tickets Launched For ‘Spirit of the West’
- A Homecoming Scotland Event on the West Coast

Tickets have gone on sale and a website has launched for an inaugural whisky culture event that is welcoming the world home to the west coast of Scotland next May 2009. Celebrity chef Nick Nairn, Food from Argyll, Robin Laing & Norma Munro along with all 16 distilleries on the west coast, are already confirmed for Spirit of the West. The event will showcase Scotland’s west coast culture and is set to be the flagship Homecoming Scotland 2009 event for the region.

To mark the beginning of the event campaign, the Duke of Argyll was joined by local people from various industries at Inveraray Castle, the Duke’s stately home and the event venue. Together they toasted a welcoming dram to the world, inviting Scots and enthusiasts from all over the globe to join the celebration next year.

6000 people are expected at the event on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May which is held during Homecoming Scotland 2009’s Whisky Month. The audience will be packed with culture vultures, whisky lovers, foodies, family tree explorers and Scottish music fans – and those who simply love Scotland.

The Whisky Coast, the team behind Spirit of the West, have planned to entertain the masses with six themed marquees for the event including Whisky, Hospitality, Food & Drink, Music & Drama, History & Heritage & a Crafts Village. Open air activities including golf and Walking Theatre historical trails are also lined up for the big weekend.

The star attraction, The Whisky Coast Marquee, is hosting the over 18s Whisky Theatre where 12 whisky masterclasses with key industry figures and nosings & tastings of peaty and smoky golds will take place. The marquee will include 16 world famous whisky distillers, from Arran in the south all the way up to Talisker on the Isle of Skye. On the other side of the marquee, The Dram Room will be open to all ages, with competitions, quizzes, storytelling, demonstrations and an oyster bar.

A diverse selection of drama and music, in association with The Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and The Walking Theatre Company, will be staged in the Spirit of Dram(a) marquee. Traditional and contemporary Scottish bands, both local and national and highland dancers will perform for the crowds.

Joined by celebrity chef Nick Nairn on Sunday 17th May, The Taste of the West marquee plans to cook up a treat, bringing food & drink from up and down the west coast of Scotland to mouth watering pallets. Meats, seafood, confectionery, bakery, wines and beers from high quality, local & fresh suppliers will be available over the weekend.

The Play, Stay & Enjoy marquee will showcase the quality of Scotland’s hospitality industry. These will house a Tranquillity Zone full of hotel style spa treatments and beauty services, a Cookery Theatre with guest chef demonstrations & cook offs and kids entertainment with ancient historic characters.

The Spirits of the Past Marquee will bring the history and heritage of the West Coast of Scotland under one roof, giving visitors the chance to trace their clan roots and learn more about west coast history and the battles won and lost. In association with Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmakers, models in tartan attire, currently a major fashion trend, will take to the catwalk to represent west coast clan tartans.

Then from jewels to wools, the Crafts Village marquee will be jam packed with Scottish treasures. Jewellery, cashmere & woollens, soaps, sculptures, artwork and hand-made products, all unique to the west coast of Scotland, will be showcased by their own craftsfolk.

Spirit of the West tickets are now available to buy via http://www.seetickets.com/spiritofthewest <http://www.seetickets.com/spiritofthewest> or http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com <http://www.homecomingscotland2009.com/> . Standard adult ticket prices are £14 per day or £22 for the weekend. Family, concession and children tickets are also available. Whisky masterclasses cost an extra £10 per class. Tickets for masterclasses will be available for purchase on the day and is based on a first come first serve basis.

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