Dramfest ‘12 brings wealth of whisky to Christchurch and if you’ve got tickets from last year’s event which was scuppered by the earthquake fret not – they’re still valid!
This popular biennial event, organised by Michael Fraser Milne of Christchurch whisky specialist store, Whisky Galore, takes place in Christchurch from 24-26 February 2012.
The expo starts on Friday, February 24 with a screening of the classic comedy, Whisky Galore! (includes whisky appreciation and canapés – 1940s dress optional).
The Main Event is on Saturday February 25, from 2pm to 6pm, in the DramFest Marquee at Peterborough Street, Christchurch, opposite the Christchurch Casino.
On arrival you are provided with a Dramfest Glencairn Glass (to keep) a DramFest Pen and a DramFest catalogue, which has a stand guide, all whiskies present with prices and also room for tasting notes.
Over 36 distilleries will be showcasing their whiskies, including six new exhibitors as well as several new expressions of whisky from some of Whisky Galore’s favourite establishments.  Each stand has between 3 – 10 whiskies on display for tastings.
Highlights of the event include the presence of the reborn Glenglassaugh distillery that has fired up its sills again after 22 years in mothballs, reviving a 100-year-old classic spirit character and the new kid on the block, Kilchoman that has become a cult drink around the world.
Among the 11 visiting experts Anthony Kills from Kilchoman, Susan Colville from Wemyss Vintage Malts, and Alex Bruce, KQ from Adelphi Distillery will be on hand to talk about their whiskies.
Sorry, but the Sunday, February 26 tasting sessions are all sold out.
A full programme of workshops and exhibitors is available at dramfest.co.nz.
Please note: This event replaces the one that was cancelled last year because of the February earthquake. If you still have your tickets, they are still valid. If you have tickets for a tasting session please RSVP that you will be attending to info@whiskygalore.co.nz