NEW : Aviemore’s BIG MIX Festival

Plans announced for The Aviemore Big Mix Festival – food, drink, arts and crafts in the heart of the Cairngorms


Take a measure of gin, add in a splash of Scotch whisky, top up with craft beer, add some food and serve with a garnish of music, art and crafts – it’s the perfect recipe for a brand new event, The Aviemore Big Mix Festival.

The three-day festival, which is being developed by Patricia Dillon and John McDonough of Speyside Distillery with the support of key partners, takes place from September 20 to 22 2019 and will showcase the region’s finest food and drink producers, venues, arts and crafts.

Patricia, managing director of Speyside Distillery, said The Aviemore Big Mix Festival will deliver a boost to the local community after a series of blows to its tourism industry – and show that Aviemore is still very much open for business.

“The closure of the funicular railway has been disappointing, but here in Aviemore we’re very adaptable and want to get the message out that there is so much more in this wonderful area than snowsports,” said Patricia.

“We have some of the very best award-winning food and drink producers in Scotland right on our doorstep, along with a thriving and skilled arts and crafts community. Bringing them together for The Aviemore Big Mix Festival seemed a natural thing to do.

“The Cairngorms provide a stunning backdrop and in Aviemore we have an accessible, welcoming and friendly location which is geared up to accommodate both day trippers and visitors looking to make a weekend of it.

“We also hope that local people will come along and use it as an opportunity to socialise with family and friends, while also getting to know more about the producers in the community and see first-hand what they do.”

During the Aviemore Big Mix Festival there will be a series of events taking place at various venues over the three days, with the main event staged in the centre of Aviemore on the village green.

Speyside Distillery and The Snug are the lead sponsors for the event, and other key partners include The Scottish Gin Society, Kinrara Gin; Cairngorm Brewery; Inshriach Gin; La Taverna; The Highland Line; Daffy’s Gin; Kilted Fudge Company; Route 7 Cafe; Café Mambo; ProFish; Mieles Gelateria; Cairngorm Hotel; Loch Insh Centre; Macdonald Aviemore and Woodsign.

Visitors to Aviemore Big Mix Festival will have the opportunity to sample food and drink and meet with the producers and crafters who are based in the area. A live music programme will also be staged over the course of the weekend.

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