Popular Fife Whisky Festival to Return Next Year

Fife Whisky Festival is set to become an annual fixture following the success of the inaugural event.

Organisers Justine Hazlehurst and Karen Somerville announced the move after the festival – opened by Scottish cycling legend Mark Beaumont – was praised for boosting the local economy. More than 500 whisky-lovers from across Scotland, and as far afield as Argentina and Germany, attended tasting sessions held at the Corn Exchange in Cupar at the weekend. They enjoyed drams from a wide range of distilleries and independent bottlers, music from Fife-based duo The Coaltown Daisies and the chance to chat with guest of honour Mr Beaumont.

Mrs Somerville said: “It was a brilliant day and given all the positive feedback we received we’ve decided to make it an annual event.

“We had visitors from Argentina, France and Germany who were in Scotland on holiday and made the trip to Fife specially to visit the Festival.

“And it was great to have Mark there – he really enjoyed the festival and ended up meeting some of his old school friends.

“We’re delighted with how the day went and looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

Cupar councillor Karen Marjoram praised the event for boosting the local economy.

She said: “I very much enjoyed the day – it was such a friendly event with people who’d never met before chatting away to each other and it certainly put Cupar on the map.

“It was a real boost to the economy and wonderful to see the town so busy with the shops and restaurants full of people who stayed to see more of Cupar after their whisky session.

“I met people who had travelled a long way to come to Cupar and bringing the tourist pound to Fife in this way was a great bonus.

“With all the new distilleries in Fife, having the festival helps put the region on the whisky map so I’m pleased it’s to become an annual event.”

Endurance cyclist Mr Beaumont also welcomed the news.

He said: “This is a fantastic event for Fife and having partly grown up in the Kingdom I am proud of all it has to offer.

“This festival and events like it are so important in putting Fife firms on the map for travel and business.”

The inaugural festival was launched by businesswomen Justine Hazlehurst, founder of Kask Whisky, and Karen Somerville, managing director of Angels’ Share Glass.They joined forces to organise the festival in a bid to bring whisky back to the Kingdom of Fife.

Justine said: “After years of attending whisky festivals around the world, we wanted the chance to bring an exciting new event to Scotland and are over the moon with how it went.

“People loved it and were coming up to ask when the next one will be held so we are pleased to announce it will be an annual event.”

The Festival, sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, showcased the renaissance of whisky-making in Fife with exhibitors including the Kingdom’s well-known Kingsbarns Distillery, Creative Whisky Company, Glen Moray and Isle of Arran Distillers. Nearly 300 whisky-lovers attended the first session with 250 at the second taster while drinks specialists Luvians, who have bottleshops in Cupar and St Andrews, were on hand as on-site retailer.

Graeme Dempster, from Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers, said: “We were delighted to support the inaugural Fife Whisky Festival and having our Corporate Ambassador Mark Beaumont there to open the event was particularly special.

“As well as great entertainment, it was a chance for us to meet with our existing Distillery clients and talk to owners of private whisky collections who were there to support this exciting new event.”

 

Plans for the second Fife Whisky Festival will get underway later this month with dates for the next event announced soon.

For more details about the Festival visit www.fifewhiskyfestival.com

Countdown to Spirit of Speyside: Distilled!

If you’re looking for beer that promises to be – in the words of a Speyside brewer – a refreshing change from “mass produced mouthwash” or cool ideas like adding a slice of apple, rather than a wedge of lemon, to enhance a gin and tonic, then Spirit of Speyside: Distilled is the place to be.

Keith Brewery and Caorunn Gin feature in the 30-strong line up of exhibitors taking part in the two-day celebration of the region’s gastronomy on September 1 and 2 at Elgin Town Hall.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled offers the chance to meet the producers – like the chocolate maker from Favour-it Flavours who is isn’t afraid to experiment with new tastes, with crushed Oreo, caramel biscotti and jelly bean being among the most recent trials, and she’s never short of volunteers to help with a spot of new product sampling.

Find out the best cuppa to start the day, with Cairngorm Leaf and Bean and discover how Macleans Highland Bakery add a twist to their oatcakes offering ranges that have a touch of chilli, haggis, seaweed and black pepper or vanilla.

Whisky Maturation - insuranceBartenders, baristas, brewers, whisky makers and foodies will be there so expect to find samples and tastings, demonstrations, food and drink pairings, storytelling and masterclasses.

It’s the second of the new-breed event celebrating the vibrancy of Speyside’s food and drink producers, from artisanal operators to the globally renowned drinks brands.

It seeks to show the region’s wide range of gourmet delights with surprising flavours from alternative producers who, alongside the region’s well-known whisky brands, are keeping the region at the fore of the Scottish food and drink scene.

The craft producers join the big hitters and they all have one thing in common – people passionate about making great tasting food and drink.

The two-day pop-up festival is being delivered by the team behind the world-famous Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Festival chairman James Campbell said: “A new generation of people want to seek out artisanal products while enjoying the produce of pioneering businesses that placed the region on the food and drink map.

“What makes Distilled stand out is that food and drink producers come together under one roof. There are so many great food and drink companies operating in the region and this event is a good way of highlighting that diversity while making it easily accessible to visitors.

“It’s a chance to discover new tastes and products, and to try some punchy tastes and flavours, some of which may be familiar and some which will be new. Tickets are selling fast and places are limited so pre-ordering them is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out.”

Distilled is sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers and runs over four sessions, from 1-5pm and 6-10pm on both the Friday and Saturday. Tickets are priced at £20 and this includes entry, six vouchers for tasting samples of gin, whisky or beer, a lanyard and a Glencairn crystal nosing and tasting glass.

All whisky, gin, beer and foods on offer will have a Speyside provenance and there will be the chance to purchase products from stand holders. Festival merchandise will also be on sale.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.distilled.scot

Distilled is active on social media at www.facebook.com/distilledscot on Twitter and Instagram @distilledscot. Follow the festival at #distilled17

British Hydropower Association Annual Conference

Stuart MacLeod and Gary Bratt are exhibiting at the British Hydropower Association annual conference and exhibition at the Doubletree Hilton Central hotel in Glasgow on 8th and 9th November.

The exhibition is  the flagship event for the BHA and the essential forum for the UK hydropower sector to share experiences, debate key issues, review improvements and consider future opportunities for the industry.

Pop along and see them on Stand 11.

Turriff Show 2016

The 152nd annual Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire on Sunday 31st July and Monday 1st August.  The show is shaping up to be one of the best yet with a fantastic showcase of agricultural and outdoor excellence with over 200 traders, lively competitions and a packed programme of shows.

Jean Arnott-Glennie our Farms and Estates Account Executive will be attending this leading farming and agricultural show once again with Nick Smith and Maria Casey from our Renewable Energy team.

Last year Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers won second place in the best trade stand category so we’re gearing up for this year’s competition!

As experts in protecting the rural sector, our specialist team understands the many issues facing farmers and the agricultural sector.  We offer bespoke insurance cover to protect all your personal and business assets, needs and activities.

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers is also recognised as the leading insurance broker to the renewable energy sector with over 20 years’ experience.  There is a significant drop predicted in new build wind, hydro and solar projects but we have ensured we are best placed to provide cover for future technologies – Wave and Tidal, CHP and Energy Storage.

Come along and visit us at our stand and enter our prize draw to win a bottle of malt. We’ll be serving complimentary refreshments throughout and our experts will be on hand to answer any questions.

For further information on our products and services please email Jean Arnott-Glennie or Derek Skinner 

Bruce Stevenson colleagues to ride in The Hiscox Tourmalet Challenge

“The Hiscox Tourmalet Challenge takes place on the 8th July 2016 in the Pyrenees mountains of southern France to raise monies for a number of charities. A team of brokers and Hiscox staff will cycle Stage 8 of the 2016 Tour de France the day before the professionals and Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers will be represented on this epic ride by Derek Skinner and Gary Bratt, both of whom are accomplished cyclists and eager to accept the challenge.

The punishing 147.5km route from Lourdes to Bagnères-de-Luchon (the professionals will start in Pau, covering 183km with the additional 33.5km coming on flat roads before arriving at the mountains) includes four large mountain climbs, including the iconic Col du Tourmalet which tops out at 2115m.

The team’s aim (apart from conquering the four climbs on the route) is to raise a total of £25,000 for charity. Each member of the team will choose a charity for which he or she will raise funds. To donate, please go to the following JustGiving  page and sponsor the riders for a worthy cause.”

Bruce Stevenson joins the CIS Excellence Awards as co-sponsors of The Independent Hotel of the Year Award

As award-winning insurance specialists, Bruce Stevenson have joined the CIS Excellence Awards. Along with Davidson Asset Management, we will co-sponsor the Independent Hotel of the Year Award, which aims to identify and celebrate the best establishments Scotland has to offer.

According to the official award criteria, the winning hotel will possess the following attributes:

  • An operating philosophy based around the central tenets of innovation, guest satisfaction and a positive contribution to local tourism
  • Ultimate autonomy and the capability for senior staff to make key decisions which directly affect the way the business is run
  • A clear commitment to environmental awareness, ethical principles and sustainable operating practices in all areas, including local sourcing
  • Respected training initiatives and procedures which are proven to improve employee skills and career prospects
  • An innovative approach to encouraging and promoting tourism on both a local and national scale

Account Executive, Carol Ward, is delighted to be co-sponsoring the category with Davidson Asset Management: ‘Our new relationship with Catering Scotland as co-sponsors of the CIS Excellence Independent Hotel of the Year Award makes us extremely proud to support the hospitality sector,’ she says. ‘We look forward to serving the insurance needs of the Scottish hospitality and catering industry.’

With a number of offices in major cities throughout Scotland, we are already the broker of choice for a number of clients within the Scottish hospitality industry.

For more information please contact Carol Ward on 0141 353 3539 or email [email protected]

Stars of the Future Pedigree Beef Event – Saturday 14th November

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers Farms & Estates team will be attending the Stars of the Future Pedigree Beef event at United Auctions Mart in Stirling on Saturday 14th November.

Edinburgh Art Fair 2015

Enter our prize draw for a chance to win a magnum of champagne.

Insurance Age – specialist lines virtual event

Derek Skinner, our Renewable Energy Director discusses the challenges and opportunities within the green economy for insurance brokers with Emmanuel Kenning, Editor of Insurance Age.  Part of Insurance Age’s specialist lines virtual event today.

Click here to watch the video.

To see more of today’s virtual event, please visit Insurance Age.

 

Turriff Show 2015

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers are delighted to be exhibiting again this year at the Turriff  Show, Aberdeenshire this Sunday, 2nd and Monday, 3rd of August 2015.

Jean Arnott from our Farm & Estates team will be there to discuss any insurance queries or requirements you may have.  Our dedicated and specialist Agricultural team understands the many issues facing farmers and the agricultural sector, offering bespoke insurance cover to protect all your personal and business assets, needs and activities.

Derek Skinner, Director of Renewable Energy and Farms & Estates and Stuart MacLeod, Renewable Energy Account Executive will also be on the stand and look forward to meeting our clients.

For further information on any of our products or services please visit www.brucestevenson.co.uk or call Jean on 07881 093485.

We look forward to seeing you at stand 83 for a chat and the chance to win a bottle of malt with our free prize draw.