It is that time of year again when Scotland’s Capital is transformed from 500,000 tram weary citizens into 750,000 party going culture vultures. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world with over 2,500 shows from over 60 countries and spread across 258 venues. The event has being going since 1947 and in 2011 sold almost 2 million tickets. The show is traditionally centres around, Theatre, Film, Music, Comedy, and Dance however these days anything goes. So 10 years ago the chaps at Royal Mile (the street where much of the festival is based) Whiskies of Edinburgh decided to have a Whisky Festival and it has been a huge success with tickets selling out in just 8 minutes!
The success of the whisky fringe resulted in the whisky festival being moved from a small venue within Edinburgh City Council’s building to a restored church called Mansfield Traquair 6 years ago. The church really adds to the atmosphere of the festival and although demand for tickets is so strong the organisers have decided to stay put at Mansfield Traquair however last year added an extra day to help meet demand for tickets.
The stands are occupied by a mixture of the whisky superpowers Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Remy Cointreau, smaller distilleries such as Kilchoman of Islay and independent bottlers. There are over 200 whiskies to be sampled and a vote held on the winning whisky named ‘The Spirit of the Fringe’.