by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The 4th Belfast Whiskey Week, Ireland’s largest Whiskey Festival, returns Friday 22rd July – Saturday 30th July. Featuring over 100+ events, spanning 9 days in partnership with 14 venues city wide and delivering sessions with over 40 brands and distilleries.


Designed to cater for a wide range of festival goers, this year’s programme includes heritage walking tours, music, talks, food pairing sessions and even a speed dating event.
Developed by Belfast-based businessman Paul Kane, Belfast Whiskey Week is a community led initiative driven by a group of enthusiasts from Belfast Whiskey Club. It was created as a platform for Belfast to reclaim its Whiskey heritage, celebrate its distilling history as well as look forward to the exciting innovations and growth within the region.
This year’s Belfast Whiskey Festival events include a blindfolded sensory journey, speed dating, cooking with whiskey, heritage walking tours, a steam train journey with a whiskey tasting session, local distillery tours, food parings, a music programme, BBQ cooking with whiskey and a plethora of whiskey tastings. If you can’t make an event you can pick up a ‘Taste of the Festival’ pack that includes 30 different drams featured at the festival, some unique merchandise or a choice of one of 6 exclusive festival bottles.

Belfast Whiskey Week works in partnership with Irish Whiskey Auctions, Belfast Whiskey Club, Echlinville Distillery, The Friend at Hand and the Duke of York. Willis Insurance and risk management returns as festival partner and Hastings Hotel Group as festival accommodation provider. Festival venues were selected for their strong Whiskey links and include Whites Tavern, The Duke of York, The Deer’s Head, Common Market, Maddens, Ben Madigan’s and Revolución De Cuba. Belfast Whiskey Week will also be collaborating with Belfast Hidden Tours and McConnell’s Irish Whisky.

Looking forward to Belfast Whiskey Week, festival organiser Paul Kane said:
“We are delighted to announce the 4th Belfast Whiskey Week, Ireland’s largest whiskey Festival. It is a must attend event for those with an interest and taste for all things whiskey. Belfast is quickly re-emerging as an important place for Irish Whiskey. Soon we will have 2 functioning distilleries, something the city hasn’t seen in over 70 years. The City is steeped in whiskey heritage and legacy spanning 300 years and it’s important to celebrate that.
Paul further added:
“We hope to welcome thousands of attendees across the 9-day event and hope they enjoy the wide range of unique and different ways to engage with whiskey.”
Prices for Belfast Whiskey Week events range from £5-£65. Day passes are available from £80, across a variety of levels including introduction, intermediate, masterclass. For details visit www.belfastwhiskeyweek.com or follow Belfast Whiskey Week on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube #BWW and #irishwhiskeyfest.

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Conor Owens of Belfast Hidden Tours, Sarah Kennedy from McConnell's Irish Whisky and Belfast Whiskey Week's Paul Kane.

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