Jam packed with craft beer, cider, gin, cocktails, street food, music and more North Hop was certainly the highlight of the weekend!
North Hop beer festival took place in Aberdeen at the May Day bank holiday weekend and I had the privilege to be invited and get an inside. Coinciding with Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink this festival showcased a major selection of Scottish foodies and alcohol lovers to their full potential. Since my early days in Glasgow, I had visited Brew Dog a billion times so pretty much knew their wide selection of beers, however, there were so many more local brewers I had never heard of and was so surprised to taste their delicious ales. This festival wasn’t all about beers though…
The Crema Caravan
, UK’s first Crème Brûlée van, winners of the “Best Dessert 2015” were there too so I couldn’t resist and had the rhubard custard creme-delish! The salted caramel sauce was so good it should be illegal!!!
Next, we tried the whiskey ice-cream offered by Stew ‘n’ Drew’s a Moray coast based company made by two friends Stew and Drew who shared their love of ice-cream and made their dream come true, by creating a range of unique, fresh flavours. I asked them what it so special about their ice-cream and they said “the product speaks for itself” and I could not agree anymore after having the first nibble-it felt like an explosion in my mouth and party opportunity for my taste buds!
If you’d as me what I kept from that weekend and which would be the thing I’d love to try again that’s no brainer another cocktail from the 10 Dollar Shake. I am not a fan of alcohol, don’t get me wrong I do appreciate a good glass of prosecco but I have never been keen on whiskey or gin. Give me a sweet cocktail though and I am yours forever, and this what the barman of the 10 Dollars shake achieved. I asked for something sweet but not too strong and he presented me the Royal 29, a cocktail made up from gin, lemon and apple juice, ginger syrup and sparkling wine-just what I needed to quench my thirst after eating the crème brûlée!
The atmosphere in the evening was amazing, everyone was very friendly, the music was great and happy vibes were floating the arena, while enjoying each others company. Overall, it was a great experience and I personally loved meeting and chatting away with local entrepreneurs who were showcasing their products.
If you would like to join this joyful atmosphere and meet like-minded people then you can get involved in the Glasgow festival that will take place on the 18th of June with two sessions- you can buy your tickets here-be ready for some serious mind-blowing tastes and good music tunes.