September 22, 2010

Festival: Beer and Whisky Festival

(EDIT: This is a blog entry for the 2010 festival, to see information for the 2011 festival- click here!).
It is soon time for the 19th annual Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, which has become the largest and most prestigious beverage festival of its kind in the world! The big news this year is the addition of a sister festival next door for champagne, wine, cognac, tequila & rum... and you can visit both festivals on the same ticket! The festival is split up between two weekends: September 30th to October 2nd and October 7th to 9th. This is the way it works... the entrance fee is 199 SEK and includes entrance to both festivals as well as a tasting glass. You make your way around the festival and buy "tastes" of different beverages. The cost for the tastes are 10 SEK and up depending on the product. Please note that you can only pay with cash. There will be cash machines there but it would be wise to bring cash to avoid any unnecessary lines. You have to be 20 years of age to attend the festival! Besides the tasting there will be competitions, restaurants and entertainment. The times for the festival are Thursdays 3pm to 11pm, Fridays 3pm to midnight and Saturdays 12pm to midnight. The festival is located at The Factory in Nacka Strand... just outside of Stockholm. The easiest way to get there from the hotel, besides taxi, is bus #71 or #443 from Slussen (10 minute walk from hotel and about a 15 minute bus ride).
Click here for a list of beer & whisky offered and here for a list of wine and other beverage products. The lists are in Swedish, but the names are international enough to understand!

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