UK: Following the success of this year’s North Hop – Inverness’ first large scale craft beer festival – organisers have already announced that it will be returning to the Highlands on August 21 – 22 2015 at Eden Court in Inverness, coinciding with Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. The tickets for North Hop 2015, which will offer a selection of over 50 beers and ciders, creative cocktails, artisan gins, street food, live music and much more, have gone on sale much earlier than expected due to high demand.
Organisers also have plans to venture into the Aberdeen market, and hope the event will appeal to a wide range of people, as part of the food and drink celebrations taking place throughout Scotland next year.
Michelle Russell, festival organiser, said: “Following on from the success of this year’s event, I am delighted to announce that North Hop is returning to Inverness next year. 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, showcasing and promoting Scotland’s natural larder, which is the perfect fit for the event as it actively promotes a large variety of quality Scottish produce.
“People from around the world attended North Hop 2014, and I have received really positive feedback from both exhibitors and festival-goers. A number of people who exhibited at this year’s event have already confirmed they will be returning, along with some exciting new exhibitors.
“We hope to make North Hop 2015 bigger and better, significantly increasing the amount of craft beers on offer, and increasing the number and range of street food vendors at the festival too.”
Scotland Food & Drink project manager, Fiona Richmond commented: “Scottish food and drink is one of the country’s greatest success stories and events such as the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup have shown off our land of food and drink to a worldwide audience in 2014.
“North Hop is a great example of one of the hundreds of events that will take place across the country during the Year of Food and Drink, continuing the growth of the industry while highlighting Scotland’s fantastic larder and producers.”
Tickets are priced at £15 for the Friday session, £15 for the Saturday daytime session, £15 for the Saturday evening session or £40 for a two-day pass. However, a great value early bird option for the two-day pass is available until the 31 December 2014 only, priced at £30. All tickets are subject to booking fees.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit North Hop’s website or call the Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234234.