We had been on time to order our tickets for this year's session and the two masterclasses, and had decided that it would be wise to book a hotel, and go home on a relaxed pace on the Sunday afternoon.
These plans were disturbed when we were offered a chance to get tickets for the Sunday session - a disturbance we accepted with open arms, just more chance for us to take our time and linger a little longer with some of the stands and the people we met.
People. There were many of these in the big church. For some it is a reason not to visit the festival any longer, as we have pointed out already at the start of the first post of this triptych (wow, there is a big word...). We ourselves had been in doubt for a long time, and when we were looking into the festival many moons ago, we were only convinced to go because of the presented masterclasses and meeting the people we only get to meet on festivals like this. If it were not for these prospects, we might have skipped a year, and saved the €45,- for the session's entrance fee. Each.
|Matthijs, very special guest |
performance at the HP stand
|From left to right: WhiskySpeller, |
Whisky Oss and Whisky with Friends
Spending our night at an hotel at walking distance, we slept in and sent a message to some fellow bloggers to meet at the pub opposite the venue before the event would kick off on the Sunday. Stefaan from Whisky with Friends was first to arrive with a couple of other Belgians just before Peter and Jeroen from Whisky Oss also arrived. After only a quick chat before we needed to claim our tickets and get inside and got to meet all of them again on the other side. No matter how many people are there, somehow you keep walking into each other. Plans to meet sometime soon again and share a dram were made and we are sure we will report about that when it happens.
Yes, it was a busy and rather expensive trip again. From the moment we boarded the train to get to the festival to the moment we got off the train back home, we have been chatting with whisky lovers from just about all over the world. In our book the 15th edition of this festival was a success, including the small spelling mistake on the glass that made us enjoy the birthday dram - the Highland Park Ambassador's Choice even more, even though we don't speak Pirate.
Slainte Mhath, see you next year.
Pictures of the festival can be found here