Bar operator launches new drinks festival for Aberdeen

Drink! Aberdeen team Rye and Soda

A leading bar operator is bringing together the trade and consumers in Aberdeen next month for a new week-long food and drink festival.

Drink! Aberdeen will take place across a number of venues in the city between Monday May 25 and Sunday May 31, including dinners, seminars, tours and tastings.

It is organised by bar operator and events company 10 Dollar Shake which is behind leading Aberdeen bars The Tippling House, Rye & Soda and Bos’n.

Managing director Adrian Gomes (pictured centre right) said: “We wanted to curate a programme of events to inspire people – both hospitality workers and consumers – to build on the passion in this area for good food and drink.

“In Aberdeen city and shire we have so many pioneering businesses in the sector, both well established and start-ups, and we wanted to pull everyone together along with guests and consumers from further afield.

“The aim was to compile a programme of events to appeal to anyone with an interest in the food and drink industry.”

Seminars and workshops include Dr Rachel Edwards Stuart, food science adviser to Heston Blumenthal and Herve This and his molecular gastronomy team in Paris, who is hosting a science of flavour and molecular gastronomy seminar, in association with Disaronno.

Mark Williams, known for his work with Islay’s The Botanist Gin, is a wild food consultant and forager at Galloway Wild Foods and will lead a “wild booze walk”.

Whisky columnist Blair Bowman, the founder of World Whisky Day, will host a dinner discussing the rise of World Whisky Day and his favourite malts.

Also included in the schedule is a Mortlach whisky tasting with bartender Ervin Trykowski and a session with Mal Spence, global brand ambassador of Black Bottle whisky, who is looking at a bartender’s perspective on blending as well as imparting his knowledge on ice.

The grand finale is a Blackwood’s Gin “chef versus bartender” botanical pairing dinner which will be one of the highlights for both the trade and consumers to enjoy. Each chef and bartender duo must create a drink and a dish around one of Blackwood’s Shetland botanicals and serve it to a room of diners who will then vote on their favourite individual creation and combination.

Adrian continued: “We are delighted that Drink! Aberdeen has attracted so many industry partners who share a common vision and are able to open their doors and share their knowledge.

“We hope that the festival will inspire the next generation of hospitality talent in the north-east of Scotland and beyond.

“There are so many opportunities in the bar and drinks industry both here and worldwide. Unfortunately, the sector can often be seen as a stop-gap job space but the modern industry is multi-faceted and the opportunities are endless.

“From brewing and distilling careers to brand ambassador roles and up-and-coming overseas markets such as Singapore, it can make for a rewarding and lucrative career.

“Running a constantly evolving events programme is an important part of 10 Dollar Shake’s offering. We regularly work with international spirit brands to host cocktail competitions and industry tastings.

“We see Drink! Aberdeen going from strength to strength over the next couple of years and becoming an important fixture in Scotland’s drinks industry and cultural calendar.”

10 Dollar Shake was founded in 2010 to offer services such as bar operations, event management, corporate entertainment and pop-up bars for large events. In 2012, it opened its first venue, The Tippling House, followed by two further bars, Rye and Soda and Bos’n in 2014.

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Pictured (left to right) are Darren Facchini and Adam Murphy from Rye & Soda and Bos’n, Adrian and Diane Marshall of The Tippling House.

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