The Virtual Fèis Ìle 2021

festival programme

Welcome to the 2021 Virtual Festival Programme.

Head to the downloads section below to download your programme, or scroll further down for direct event links.

Keep up to date on our social media channels!

FESTIVAL DOWNLOADS

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The full festival programme as an interactive pdf.

Use the programme links to head directly to social media pages and events
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FÈIS ÌLE TASTING MAT

Download your tasting mat for the tasting with Rachel 21:00 BST on Friday evening.

Choose your own drams and join the fun.
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ISLAY QUIZ SHEET

Download your quiz sheets and get ready for the Live Quiz on Wednesday at 20:30 BST.

Compete with friends or family across the globe!
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virtual festival programme

Dates

THURSDAY 27TH MAY 2021

FESTIVAL PREVIEW & THE FOUNDING OF Fèis ÌlE

19:00 - Festival Preview
A festival welcome and previews from the distilleries on what's up and coming.
19:30 - The Founding of Fèis Ìle
A short documentary on the founding of the festival, its roots and values. We hear from the founding member on how and why it started.

friday 28TH MAY 2021

ARDNAHOE FESTIVAL DAY

11:00 - Operators Tour with Stuart
14:00 - Rum & cocktails with Emily
19:00 – Q&A and tasting with Fraser Hughes, Billy Stitchell and Eddie McAffer.

Click the web link for more information.
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friday 28TH MAY 2021

INTRODUCTION TO TASTING WITH ISLAY WHISKY ACADEMY

21:00 - Download the tasting mat on this page and join Rachel for drams and stories. You decide which drams to bring, it's a tasting of your own choosing!

SATURDAY 29TH MAY 2021

International whisky dinner with IWA

16:00 International Whisky Dinner - live cooking, drams & craic with Rachel MacNeill and special guests.

SATURDAY 29TH MAY 2021

LAGAVULIN FESTIVAL DAY

19:00 - SAVOUR THE MOMENTS
Join brand ambassador, Ewan Gunn and Scottish singer Joy Dunlop for an evening of music and whisky. The hosts, alongside, Pierrick Guilaume, Lagavulin Distillery Manager, will guide you through a virtual adventure on the seas surrounding Islay and a hike around the island’s breath-taking scenery, before unveiling the special festival bottling. They will also be joined by special musical guests, including the Niall Kirkpatrick ceilidh band.
Click below for more info on this FB Event.

SATURDAY 29TH MAY 2021

FÈIS ÌLE folk night

21:00 - Join friends and familiar faces from around the island for piping, dancing music and song in a celebration of Islay talent.

SUNDAY 30TH MAY 2021

BRUICHLADDICH FESTIVAL DAY

14:00 to 20:00
Virtually join us at Bruichladdich distillery on the 30th may, as we celebrate the milestones from our past with a dram to the future!

We'll be broadcasting live from Laddie HQ from 2pm ‘til 8pm BST, Sunday 30th May.

We’ll be well oiled with special releases, live bands and our usual nostalgic antics. You can drop in digitally for as long as you like and sessions will be recorded to re-watch after. Registration and full event details for our broadcast can be accessed through our new festival hub, click below to access and information.
CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

sunday 30TH MAY 2021

friends of the FÈIS

21:00 - Join our mainland Scottish friends for music and song! Many recorded just for us! Hear from The Coaltown Daisies, The Black Rock Ceilidh Band, Dougals's Jumper, Rollin' Drones and Reely Jiggered!

MONDAY 31ST MAY 2021

ISLAY ALES

15:00 - Tour Islay and taste with the Islay Boys.

MONDAY 31ST MAY 2021

NERABUS GIN

17:30 - Live cocktails, new gins and more!

MONDAY 31ST MAY 2021

CAOL ILA

19:00 Join brand ambassador, Ervin Trykowski and actor, Patricia Panther for a night of whisky and music.

They’ll be joined by Sam Hale, Caol Ila Distillery Manager, Islay born Gaelic singer Mairi McGillvray and Alsadair Currie, an Islay-native Gaelic singer and piper, and hear a specially commissioned contemporary composition from Beldina Odenyo.

Click below for more info on this FB Event.

MONDAY 31ST MAY 2021

FÈIS ÌLE Q&A

20:30 A Live Q&A with the Fèis Ìle Committee.
Join us live from the Machrie Hotel and put your questions and comments to the Festival Committee!

tuesday 1st june 2021

laphroaig

A GOOD DAY WITH LAPHROAIG
14:00 - Visitor Centre Team Tour
16:00 – Laphroaig at The Harbour Inn
18:15 – Laphroaig Live
23:30 – Laphroaig Late
CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

tuesday 1st june 2021

FÈIS ÌLE CEILIDH

20:00 Put on your dancing shoes and join Tàlan for some fantastic ceilidh tunes.

wednesday 2nd june 2021

bowmore

11:30 A Warm Welcome
12:30 Bowmore Distillers Art Tour
13:30 Cook with Peter McKenna
17:00 Our Island Home
18:00 Malting with the Manager
18:30 Live Bowmore tasting
Follow the link below for full details and to pre-register.
CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

wednesday 2nd june 2021

iSLAY QUIZ

20:30 Join the Festival Committee for fun questions and testing your Islay knowledge! Hosted by the wonderful David Brodie, this is not to be missed. Quiz sheets will be available from this page to download soon!

thursday 3rd june 2021

kilchoman

12:00 – Kilchoman ‘DNA’ Live Tasting
13.00 – On the Farm + Live Q&A
14.00 – Malting and Peating + Live Q&A
15.00 – In the Stillhouse + Live Q&A
16.00 – Maturing in the Warehouse + Live Q&A
17.00 – Vatting and Bottling + Live Q&A
18.00 – Through the Ages Live Tasting
19.15 – Experimental Casks Live Tasting with Anthony Wills.
Visit the web link below for full details. All events will be live at the social links below.
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friday 4th june 2021

bunnahabhain

16:00 – Warehouse 9 Live Tasting - Tasting with drams straight from the cask.

20:00 – Masterclass Live - join a panel of experts tasting the new festival releases and the iconic 12 year old.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

saturday 5th june 2021

ardbeg

12:00 Dragon Tales with Jackie
14:00 The Dog & Dragon Inn
15:00 The Feast Master DJ BBQ
16:00 Dragon’s Eye Stillhouse Tour
17:00 Chairman’s Study Live with Sir Colin Gordon.
19:00 The Scorch Whisky Lair - live tasting.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

saturday 5th june 2021

Final fling

20:30 Join the Festival Committee, Ella and her Dancers plus musical guests for an upbeat end to the Islay element of the festival - plus the live Competition draw (details to follow soon!).

sunday 6th june 2021

jura

13:30 Jura Whisky brunch and cocktails.

7.30pm Jura Whisky pub lock-in.

Live on Instagram

lussa gin

15:00 Growing and gathering with Lussa Gin.

deer island rum

16:00 Hello from the new rum distillers!
All events are GMT +1 (BST) and may be subject to change. Please check event times and links in advance.

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