North-east beer fest will be meat and drink to those seeking weekend cheer

Banchory Beer Festival Pictured are from left, Paul Kelman, Sonia Brownlee and Peter Hepburn Picture by DARRELL BENNS

A town’s beer festival is expected to attract thousands of visitors this weekend.

Banchory Beer Festival began last night at the Deeside Rugby Club pitches.

Before it winds up tomorrow the event’s organisers promise a weekend of beer, cider, gin, prosecco, street food and live music.

Among the bands set to perform are Tide Lines from the Highlands, Kinnaber Junction from Angus, the Mad Ferret Band from Perth, Starsky from Aberdeen and Blackfoot John from Johnshaven.

Artisan food suppliers include Woodburns Pizza Bar – a family firm creating handmade pizzas – meats and steak barbecued by the Farmers Grill, and Wild and Smoky, a mobile restaurant serving premium Scottish ingredients in a “low ‘n’ slow” barbecue method.

It will be the fourth summer festival organised by MFGF Events Ltd, which is run by Banchory brothers Mungo and Guy Finlayson.

Operations director Mungo said: “The launch has been going well so far. People have been making their way to the beer festival and everything has been running smoothly for us.

“We’ve got some great weather so far and I hope it continues for the weekend.

“We are gearing up for a fun-packed weekend which has so much more to offer than simply beer. It includes a brilliant array of live bands from all over the UK and hand-picked food suppliers that complement our drinks range.

“Sunday will be a family day with bouncy castles, ball pits, face painting and a kids’ bar.

“Tickets are selling fast so we’d urge anyone thinking about coming along to make sure they don’t miss out.

“We are hoping to attract a crowd of around 4,000 and the support of our sponsors has allowed us to continue to grow this annual event, which brings thousands of people to Deeside over the weekend.”

Banchory Beer Festival
Pictured is Daniel Smith pulling a pint

Today’s session is from noon until midnight, with tomorrow’s set to start at noon and run until 7pm.

Stagecoach has teamed up with Banchory Beer Festival to add additional services from the festival back to Aberdeen, Aboyne and Ballater.

Those visiting from Aboyne and Ballater can also travel to the festival by bus using the hourly service today or buses every two hours tomorrow.

Tickets for Banchory Beer Festival can be bought online at