We’ll drink to that!

The much loved Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Beer And Music Festival returns to Kirkcaldy (Thursday 30th August – Sunday 2nd September) to kick off a month of great events and celebrations in the town …

We’ve a long association with Germany – twinned with the Bavarian town of Inglostadt since 1962. Our German twin is famed for many things: on the banks of the River Danube, it is also a place where you’re likely to hear ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’! – yes, it is HQ for the Audi motor company. Just as we love ice hockey – so do they: The Panthers are Inglostadt’s team. And the German town was also the setting for the creation of the monster, Frankenstein, in Mary Shelley’s famous novel.

But it is the town’s role in bavarian beer that’s most celebrated. Over five hundred years ago – on 23 April 1516 to be precise – Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria passed the Bavarian Purity Law. This famous piece of legislation – believed to be the oldest law relating to food and drink in the world – states that ‘only water, hops and malt may be used in the production of Bavarian beer‘ – and the law is still valid today.

Previous years’ festivals in Kirkcaldy have been very well received – providing a fantastic series of fun events for all ages. So come along to Kirkcaldy – visit the marquee in the Town Square and join in the Festival Fun: German food stalls, entertainment, children’s activities and … well … beer of course!

Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy’s Business Improvement District, Kirkcaldy4All (below, right), is very much looking forward to the Festival, saying: “The town is helping to build a great calendar of events that is putting Kirkcaldy on the food and drink map. From our Food Fair each Spring to the biennial Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Beer And Music Festival, more and more people are recognising the town as a destination for events and time out – and we’re very proud to offer our support.

Bill adds: “September has Scotland’s Food & Drink Fortnight – and our Festival helps to kick things off. Their 2018 campaign highlights people’s goals in the industry. Kirkcaldy has plenty of #ScotFoodGoals – to grow our Food Fair, to best support all our businesses serving food & drink in the town and to work closely with Fife College to help encourage youngsters to enter Scotland’s fantastic hospitality industry … especially so in Scotland’s Year of Young People.

And talking of young folk, Kirkcaldy’s Society has been chosen as one of the destinations for Club MTV Freshers Tour – in partnership with Strongbow – “bringing you the ultimate Freshers night out!” On Saturday 15th September, official Club MTV DJs R3WIRE & VARSKI will be at Society from 10pm until 3am.

And we’re delighted that the beer theme continues to flow into the autumn: book-ending the month is a weekend of celebrations at Betty Nicols on the High Street.

The iconic Kirkcaldy bar is hosting its very own Oktoberfest on the final weekend in September. Should be fab!

Cheers! And thanks for reading.