North East Scotland Food & Drink Network Event – A Taste of the ‘Legends of the Garioch Experience’


North East Scotland Food & Drink Network Event – A Taste of the ‘Legends of the Garioch Experience’

Wednesday 13 June 2018

5.45pm for 6pm

Glen Garioch Distillery, Distillery Rd, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie AB51 0ES

The Legends of the Garioch experience is a celebration of Aberdeenshire’s larder and the story it plays within over 220 years of heritage at Glen Garioch. The experience delves into the history of the brand and the distillery’s Oldmeldrum home, exploring the story of Legends past and present. Launched in October 2017, the experience incorporates delicacies and traditions showcasing many quality producers from the region. This experience concludes with a sensory adventure of flavour with a specially designed regional whisky pairing menu specially prepared by the kitchen team at Meldrum House, Country Hotel and Golf Club. This experience won the 2018 North East Scotland Food & Drink Award for the Best Food & Drink Tourism Experience.

This North East Scotland Food & Drink Network Event offers a best practice visit to the award-winning food and drink tourism experience and an opportunity to enjoy a taster of the ‘Legends of the Garioch’.

Leading cluster ambition and development with food and drink network activity, developing food tourism projects to match in-region visitor experience with quality of produce and provenance and developing high profile food tourism events are priority actions for ONE as we seek to grow the region’s food, drink and agriculture sector.

Hosted by the Legends team at Glen Garioch, including visitor centre manager Fiona Sanderson and distillery manager Kenny “Digger” Grant, this event is ideally suited for food and drink producers, tourist destination managers or those looking to understand more about how to collaborate with fellow local businesses to create a food and drink related experience for the wider tourist market.

Guests will enjoy:

  • A tour of the distillery and presentation about why and how the Legends of the Garioch Experience was developed
  • A sample of the Legends of the Garioch Experience whisky-pairing food menu created by the Meldrum House kitchen team
  • Complimentary drams from Glen Garioch’s single cask, limited release and archive portfolio

Food and drink tourism is one of six themes in VisitAberdeenshire’s new Tourism Strategy which provides a framework to help grow visitor spend to £1 billion per annum by 2023. Join us for this unique event to understand how your business can become part of this important, and growing, sector.


5.45-6.00pm    Arrival and registration

6.00-6.30pm    Refreshments and a sample of the Legends whisky-pairing menu served canapé style

6.30-6.40pm    Welcome by Elizabeth Mathie, Opportunity North East

6.40-6.50pm    Welcome by Kenny “Digger” Grant, Glen Garioch Distillery

6.50-7.00pm    Tour groups assigned

7.00-8.45pm    Tours take place in three groups and will provide ‘A Behind Closed Doors Distillery Experience’

8.45-9.30pm    Tea, coffee, networking opportunity

9.30pm            Close

Tickets are £25pp plus vat and booking fee (total £32.54), must be booked in advance via EventBrite and are limited to two tickets per company. Please indicate when booking if you wish to sample Glen Garioch’s complimentary drams. Attendees must be over 18 years of age. Please click here to book.

Glen Garioch is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland and therefore, suitable footwear is recommended as surfaces may be uneven.

Parking at the distillery is limited so please car share where possible.

If you wish to enjoy the full ‘Legends of the Garioch Experience’, please to go the Glen Garioch Website for further information and to book.

Overnight stays are available at the nearby Meldrum House Country Hotel. Free transportation between the hotel and distillery for this event is available to residents. Please email for an event rate and to book.

For more information on this event or future North East Scotland Food & Drink Network events, please email

The North East Food & Drink Network is organised by Opportunity North East in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and aims to support the growth of the region’s food and drink sector.

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