On Twitter Whisky etc magazine has a competition going where each week there is a question to be answered related to the Nightcaps book by Hans Offringa. Normally we are not at all that good in these kind of things, so we were really surprised that we have won two tickets for the Damster Spirit Festival.
This festival is held in Appingedam, the north of the Netherlands. Because it is a very long drive for us, we decided to stay the night there, to fully be able to enjoy the festival. It is a festival held for the second time, and is a combination of not only whisky, but also cigars, jenever, cheese, wine, rum, beer, and much more. We loved this approach, and to be able to taste a wider range of products.
In the beautiful Nicolai Church, there were some bigger brands, but also some more local products and producers of fine spirits. They told us that last year they started with more having only whisky at the festival, but that they heard comments from visitors that they wanted a more mixed setup. The setup of this festival was very nice, but maybe it could have had a bit more stands. Just a couple would have done it we think. Enjoyed our selfs very much, and the diversity in stands was good. We have met some lovely people there who are distilling and also tried some more jenever products. We surely will make a visit to some of them in the future to have a look around.