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First Highland Beer, Gin and Whisky festival in Inverness hailed a great success


By Ian Duncan


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Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rory McAndrew, Sam Murphy and Donald Kennedy. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rory McAndrew, Sam Murphy and Donald Kennedy. Picture: James Mackenzie.

ORGANISERS of the first Highland Beer, Gin and Whisky Festival in Inverness have hailed the event as a great success.

Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Stevie Gray, Logan Neale, Pauline Neale, Kirsty Dillon, Chris Neale, David Inglis and Morris Dillon. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Stevie Gray, Logan Neale, Pauline Neale, Kirsty Dillon, Chris Neale, David Inglis and Morris Dillon. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The festival took place over the weekend with the official opening ceremony at Highland Rugby Football Club on Friday evening.

Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Inverness Craig Dunain Rugby Team & friends. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Inverness Craig Dunain Rugby Team & friends. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The event was held in conjunction with Inverness City 7s, a two-day rugby 7s competition for elite men, social women and men and junior boys, girls and young adults teams, attracting 2500 visitors.

Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Bar staff: John Rutter, Claire McGonigal, Claire Fowler, Ritchie Dinnes, Ross McDonald and James Burns. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Bar staff: John Rutter, Claire McGonigal, Claire Fowler, Ritchie Dinnes, Ross McDonald and James Burns. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The Calcutta Cup was on display throughout the event

Roy Dinnes, vice president at the club, said: “What a great weekend. To see 120 children competing in the Mini’s and Micro’s event on Friday and some really close games in the Inverness City 7s on Saturday and Sunday, after three years in the planning, we are absolutely delighted. It was an honour to see so many people enjoying brilliant rugby, excellent local craft beer, gin and whisky, and of course, good company at Canal Park.

“This was our first Highland Beer, Gin and Whisky Festival and Inverness City 7s, which we hope to make an annual event.”

Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: locator. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: locator. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Julie and Alistair Adams, Blazin' Pizza. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Julie and Alistair Adams, Blazin' Pizza. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Highland Rugby Club Under 15s coaches serving food. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Highland Rugby Club Under 15s coaches serving food. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rugby. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rugby. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Ruaraidh Gollan, Cameron MacDougall and Megan Mackay provided the music. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Ruaraidh Gollan, Cameron MacDougall and Megan Mackay provided the music. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Calum and Kerry Macintyre with Sandy the Pug/Jack Russle. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Calum and Kerry Macintyre with Sandy the Pug/Jack Russle. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Gordon, Taresa, Bryony Shepherd, Liam Mackintosh and Murron Shepherd. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Gordon, Taresa, Bryony Shepherd, Liam Mackintosh and Murron Shepherd. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Tilda Rhodes, Hannah Young, Tay Fowler-Davis and Lara McLean. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Tilda Rhodes, Hannah Young, Tay Fowler-Davis and Lara McLean. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Anna Mitchell and Alexi McLeman. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Anna Mitchell and Alexi McLeman. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Megan Mackay. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Megan Mackay. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Cameron Macdougall. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Cameron Macdougall. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rachael McGregor, Connor and Kirsteen Meeks. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Rachael McGregor, Connor and Kirsteen Meeks. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Liberty Lloyd, Mikey Gregory and Thomas Reid . Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inaugural Highland Beer, Gin & Whisky Festival 2022: Liberty Lloyd, Mikey Gregory and Thomas Reid . Picture: James Mackenzie.

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