North Hop Aberdeen 2017; a celebration of local beer, gin, street food and music in the granite city of Aberdeen!
I write to you with the crumbs of a deliciously fudgy Nutella brownie still clinging to my lips, and a belly full of all the great food and drink we sampled on this sunny Saturday afternoon.
North Hop is a fantastic event that is still fairly new on Scotland’s food and drink scene.
It brings craft alcohol and quick and easy street food to the mouths of hundreds of Scots. A festival that attracts queues of men and women of all ages, keen to taste the offerings of local businesses.
We arrived for the Saturday afternoon session at the AECC in Aberdeen, which had already gathered a queue of Aberdonians by the early hour of 12pm. Upon arrival, we handed over our tickets to receive a free special half-pint glass, a programme and a token for a free beer or cider. Yay! North Hop Aberdeen 2017 was already shaping up to be a good one!
We entered the big event hall, met with a great atmosphere. Black curtains and ambient lighting, peppered with twinkly fairy lights, upbeat music, and offerings of all sorts of food and drink for us hungry punters!
We chose to circle round all of the stands and stalls before we chose what we would be buying and tasting. A wise move, which many people seemed to be taking.
Our first stop was getting something to drink, obviously!
I’d recently discovered that a baking idol of mine, James Morton, and his new brewing company, Out of Town Brewing, were to be there. So, naturally, we quickly sampled a couple of their beers and snapped a cheeky selfie with this bread hero of mine!
I chose a nice gin and tonic from 10 Dollar Shake as my first drink, it was perfect. Just the right amount of gin, fizz and bittersweet tang from the tonic and lime.
My mum opted for a Thistly Cross cider, which they had brewed specially for North Hop. Consider she’d necked two before we left, I’m guessing it was good!
It was time to get something to eat…
After much deliberation, we chose somewhere to buy our lunch from. After considering Melt, a firm favourite for THE BEST CHEESE TOASTIES in Aberdeen, we chose to try out some food from The Pantry truck.
These guys have a really popular restaurant in Stockbridge in Edinburgh. Their breakfasts and brunches are LEGENDARY so we just had to try their food out.
We chose a smoked meat and mustard sandwich on rye, and a grilled halloumi, roasted pepper and refried bean sandwich on white. Both were imminently and happily devoured. The sandwiches really were great, proper good quality ingredients, made by hand right in front of us. I’ll definitely be making a trip to The Pantry next time I’m in Edinburgh!
After our sandwiches, a box of chips from The Bay Fish & Chips was necessary. These guys really know how to do fish and chips, you can find them in Stonehaven. Their shop is the one by the beach with the massive queue out front…
We were suitably stuffed after this, and decided to have a little mooch around with some drinks before we bought a few bottles. A peach bellini from Poco Prosecco went down a treat!
So we bought a few bottles and treats and left with our North Hop Aberdeen 2017 haul!
We simply couldn’t resist trying some brownies from Linton & Co, who were selling some really tempting flavours along side their coffees. A Nutella brownie and a salted caramel brownie found their way into our bag. Having just munched the Nutella one, I can tell you that the texture was absolute velvet luxury with a perfect lightly crisp-crackled top. Not the strongest cocoa flavour, just a deliciously milky chocolate taste. Really good!
Along with this, I bagged some Spiced Oot stout and some Sunshine on Keith beer from Spey Valley Beer. I haven’t tasted either of these yet, but I’m very excited to try them!
We discovered the stand of Aelder. These guys were flogging an incredibly delicious elderberry port. A really rich and fruity mulled-wine flavoured drink that we will be glad to drink neat or mix up some drinks with.
Finally, we bought two bottles of the deliciously citrus-flavoured IPA beer from Out of Town Brewing. Coming from someone who isn’t a big beer fan, I can tell you that this beer is light, refreshing and perfect for warm weather!
North Hop Aberdeen 2017 was a great experience.
A great atmosphere, a great location, a great set up, and so much great food and drink to sample. I really think this festival has something for everyone, even if you’re not into alcohol.
As long as you enjoy eating cheap and yummy food, sipping a refreshing drink and hearing some good local bands play, you’re destined to have a great time. Even if you only stay for an hour or so, North Hop is a hit.
I will gladly return to this fun beer, gin, and food festival when it returns to the city next year. You should try it out too! I’d definitely advise bringing a large bag with you though, you’ll leave with more food and drink that you think!
So that completes my review and recollection of North Hop Aberdeen 2017, see below for more information. See you there next year?