Banchory Beer Festival

Banchory Beer Festival

On Saturday JHogg and I dropped the dog and Piglet off at Grannys and headed to our local beer festival. We had been to it last year, but I was around 7 or 8 weeks pregnant and had morning sickness and generally miserable! We had high hopes for this year and it didn’t disappoint!

They had really expanded since last year. The beer tent itself was similar, but they had replaced the smaller tent for spirits with a 2nd large one which was great. I steered clear of the beers as I don’t drink beer, and I wasn’t particularly in the mood for ciders. There were 3 prosecco’s, 1 rum and 6 gin’s to choose from, as well as 5 or 6 mixer options. It was a great selection, but none of of the mixer options were sugar free.

I found the fact that there wasn’t a slimline tonic available really bizarre. Due to my Type 1 Diabetes I never have drinks that contain carbohydrate (unless I’m treating a hypo). It made it a little harder to relax throughout the day as I was always concerned about my blood glucose levels and making sure they weren’t going dangerously high. Alcohol is a tricky balancing act with diabetes anyway and I didn’t really appreciate the added complication. OK – rant over.

Banchory Beer Festival

We got started not long after midday so I opted for a prosecco. I can be a bit fussy with my wine but it lovely and went down a treat! Our friends arrived not long after and we spent the rest of the afternoon catching up.

We are apparently all really old now because we found the music in the two tents too loud. There were live bands but we enjoyed listening to them standing outside. It was a bit chilly outside but we had our booze jackets on and got used to it!

There were a few food vans on site. The Bay Fish and Chip Shop were there with their on the road van, alongside Fresh Mex, The Farmers Grill and and old school ice cream van. Over the course of the afternoon and evening I think we sampled something from each – just to be thorough!

We took the bus home and stopped off for chips before walking up to the house. We laughed up the road saying we can’t remember the last time we’d done that. It was nice to have a night off from responsibilities, although a little sad to not have a Piglet to cuddle when we got home.

I didn’t take many photos – we were too busy enjoying ourselves! We’ll definitely be getting tickets for next year.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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  1. 15th August 2016 / 10:56 am

    Sounds like you had a great day but boo to no slimline tonic. #fartglitter

    • OddHogg
      15th August 2016 / 5:23 pm

      It was fab but the tonic was really frustrating!

  2. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    16th August 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Sounds lovely. Haven’t been to a beer festival in years. Real shame they didn’t do diet tonic. Weird as you’d think it’d be really requested.

    • OddHogg
      16th August 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Yes even my friends were asking for diet tonic – they just prefer the taste!

  3. 20th August 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Fizzy wine at a beer fest?! Heathen! No, it must be tricky managing your diabetes and I can’t believe they didn’t have slimline tonic – hopefully they’ll change that for next year as you can’t have been the only person to comment on it. Lovely to have some child free time too 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 12:50 am

      I don’t do beer so the prosecco was lovely! I actually need to seek out the one I was drinking as I enjoyed it so much!

  4. 21st August 2016 / 9:20 am

    Always a good sign of you don’t take a lot of pictures! Looks like a fun day out, shame about the slimline tonic. Maybe send them an email so they can factor it in next year? Send them your blog link and you might get invited next year as a special guest! ☺️ Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. X

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 10:52 am

      I tagged them in on facebook….. whether they read it or not is another matter! I contacted them a few ways about the tonic and didn’t get a response which is really frustrating

  5. 21st August 2016 / 11:24 am

    Ohh I’ve never been to anything like this before but I always think it sounds like good fun. Glad you had a dun day, child free time is great every now and then isn’t it?xx #KCACOLS x

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Its a great day out – live music, a drink and good company 🙂

  6. 21st August 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Sounds like a great day – the prosecco looks amazing. I didn’t realise that about the slimline tonics etc , that’s a shame for you, hopefully they will learn for next time #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:09 pm

      I love a prosecco – but that particular one was really nice and went down a treat! I need to source some for home!

  7. 21st August 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Ahhh I love that part of the world and I love a beer festival, especially one that sells prosecco. Sounds like my idea of a great day out #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      21st August 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Yes – anything with Gin and Prosecco is perfect for me!

  8. 23rd August 2016 / 6:10 pm

    aww lovely. I love beer festivals…well I prefer the wine too and would have had prosecco. it must be a pain managing it with the diabetes too :/ #KCACOLS

  9. 24th August 2016 / 12:04 am

    I’m not a drinker but sounds like you had a great time at the festival! #KCACOLS

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