When the chance came up to review this year’s Perth Beer festival I didn’t think twice. Tasty Gin, Craft Beers, Sunshine and a day with the family! What more could I want to do with my weekend?
And then I had the thought... What will I do with my Son River at a Beer Festival?! Keeping a one year old entertained for any length of time longer than 5 minutes is a challenge in itself and normally results in food bribes and countless YouTube videos of Peppa Pig.
As soon as I arrived at the North Inch my nerves subsided and any preconceived ideas of a lairy Beer Festival were obsolete. I couldn’t believe my eyes! The field was packed to the brim with young families, toddlers, teenagers, OAPS and even a few newborns! The sense of community spirit in Perth is outstanding as the young and old mingled together for a fun family day out, everyone seemed to know each other and any strangers were met with smiling faces. I have only been working at Small City, Big Personality for one week and already bumped into people who I had met only briefly on previous tasks who bounded over to reintroduce themselves. The atmosphere at Perth Beer Festival was electric! The atmosphere at Perth Beer Festival was electric!
After a short train journey and being cooped up in his pram River was determined to get out and run wild! Our first stop was to visit Aaron at Muckmedden events who had set up a bike track for all ages. River was fitted with a helmet and the smallest balance bike that was on offer and within minutes he was off zooming around the track.
Next we were off to see the puppies at the Dog Agility in association with PADS dog rescue. River’s first word was DOG so to say he was excited was an understatement. His little face was pressed up against the fence as he watched the rescue dogs take their turn on the agility course.
We spent the afternoon between the playing fields watching snippets of the rugby and entertaining River in the Kids Zone. After a bounce on the giant inflatables, a whirl on the Carousel and a small tantrum over a bubble gun it was time to head to the bar and finally taste the delicious Gin and Beer on offer.
We were greeted by the team at Strathearn Distillers who talked us through the Gin on offer at this year’s bespoke specialist craft Gin Bar. Recommending Garnishes, mixers and tasting notes we were introduced to the eight handpicked craft gins available. I opted for the specially created “Festival Gin” which had its own twist as was specifically concocted to have a Beer element with a Junpier London dry gin base, Citrus flavour and a hint of hops. A Gin lovers dream!
Inveralmond Brewery provided local beer on tap with the kegs pouring refreshing Summer beers all day long. We tried the renowned Edinburgh Pale Ale packed with Munich malt, grassy armoas and Citrus falvours. Perfect for a day in the sun.
Allan Brown, Perthshire Rugby Chief Executive and Event Organiser, “Thank you to everyone who came along from across Perth & Tayside to support Perth Beer Festival & Perthshire 7s on Saturday. It was a fantastic day. This year’s festival has been the biggest yet with around 4000 festival-goers visiting us on Saturday.
Perthshire Rugby is celebrating 150 years of rugby in Perth this year and we were privileged to have the opportunity to show the Calcutta Cup, nearly as old as our Club, to festival goers & rugby fans.
I’d like to extend my thanks to our team of dedicated team of volunteers, to the local businesses that supported us and sponsored kegs and to Perth Beer Festival Sponsor, Tan International & Rugby 7s sponsor, The Tavern, Perth for their support. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year”.
As we revelled in the ambience and soaked up the atmosphere of the day we would have loved to carried on into the night with the “Big Bash” evening event however we had a tired toddler at our heels so we all headed home after the perfect Family day at Perth Beer Festival. I would 100% recommend as a fun day out for all ages.
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