Over The Sea.

As The Social Distillery we’re keen to connect with people not just here in Harris but further afield too. Word of our work here in Tarbert is spreading so we’re keen to take the time and make the effort to leave our shores, meet the people who are enjoying our gin and hear what they have to say. We’ve already spent time in the cities of Inverness and Glasgow, undertaking tastings and talking about our product and plans and we’re continuing to get out and about this month by heading over the sea to Skye…

Next weekend, on April the 29th and 30th, we’ll be attending the excellent Skye Live Music Festival in Portree. Now in its second year, the boutique festival is going from strength to strength under the guidance of founders Niall Munro and Ali McIsaac, two local men with a passion for great music, food and drink. This year’s line-up combines contemporary Scottish music across two stages, each dedicated to traditional bands and electronic music, established acts and new up and comers. It’s a mix which should ensure all tastes are catered for.

        

Niall Munro tells us…

“Being on Skye has a huge part to play, but the fact we are blending so many genres of music together and allowing people to explore all of these different acts at the same festival is fantastic. Dance and Electronic music fits in so well with Traditional, as they are both very vibrant and upbeat genres and create a fantastic energy. It worked really well last year and will hopefully do the same this year too."

And music isn’t all that’s on the menu, in true island style the drink offering will be second to none, something we’re very pleased to be playing our part in. We will be found at the Isle of Harris Distillery Bar, a premium drinks venue at the festival where you can find our team working alongside the festival bar staff to bring some Isle of Harris Gin and lots of good spirit to the proceedings.

  

Niall goes on to say…

“I see Harris Gin as a perfect fit because it's a fantastic spirit and a quality product which works with the theme of our event really well. I have tried the gin many times and it's one of my favourite drinks at the moment. A Tom Collins with Harris Gin is up there with one of the best cocktails I've tasted. That specific cocktail will be on offer throughout the whole weekend, for punters to enjoy.”

Food also has a huge part to play in the festival this year and the Skye Live organisers are excited to be able to bring some really talented chefs together, each working with the finest produce Skye has to offer. The Three Chimneys’ Scott Davies is joining forces with Kinloch Lodge’s Michelin starred Marcello Tully and Michael Smith, who has just re-launched Skye’s Loch Bay restaurant in Stein, to serve some of Skye’s best produce to festival-goers in dishes specially created for the festival. Also taking to this culinary stage are Skye’s rising stars Calum Munro, chef-proprietor of Scorrybreac and Calum Montgomery head chef at Ullinish Lodge.

So we’re all set to celebrate in great spirits over in Skye, we hope that some of you can join us too. If you’re in Portree please make your way to our bar and share a drink or two with us. We’ll be making tracks to more events like this over the coming year so be sure to keep an eye out for us at a festival or two near you soon…

For more information and tickets to Skye Live please visit: www.skyelive.scot

 

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