Provenance Festival 2022

With less than a week to go, we’re preparing to throw our doors open to the public for this year’s Provenance Festival.

The 10-day festival inspires consumers to discover more about what the region’s food & drink producers do and where we do it through engaging, hands-on and memorable visitor experiences.

From Friday (Sep 30), there are events taking place across the region, including both well-loved and brand new experiences.

As part of the festival, we are running various events...

Discovery Tour

Saturday 1st October 11:00 - More info & booking
Sunday 2nd October 15:00 - More info & booking
Tuesday 4th October 13:00 - More info & booking
Saturday 8th October 11:00 - More info & booking 
Sunday 9th October 15:00 - More info & booking

Gin Tasting Masterclass

Friday 30th September 18:00 - More info & booking
Friday 7th October 18:00 - More info & booking

Gin School Experience

Saturday 1st October 13:30 - More info & booking
Saturday 8th October 13:30  More info & booking

Once you've distilled your very own bottle (70cl) of Scottish Gin, chosen your preferred ABV, bottled it and given it a name, you can then decorate it with stickers (!) - we even have Provenance Festival stickers too.  Celebrate you have become an Aberdeen Distiller with a berry and prosecco cocktail. 


Many other well-known food producers - such as Mackie’s of Scotland, Castleton Farm and Dean’s of Huntly - are joining us with rare glimpses behind the scenes on offer during the 10 days of the festival.

Provenance Festival 2022 offers something for all tastes and appetites. Some of the other experiences confirmed for this year are:

  • taking the ice cream taste test at Mackie’s ice cream parlour, learning how they make their delicious ice cream
  • distil your own Scottish Gin at the City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School
  • a tour of the wackiest winery in Aberdeen with Two Raccoons, with wine made from fruits that would have otherwise gone to waste
  • the opportunity to meet, greet and hand feed the deer at fresh game specialists Balmoral Game near Inverurie
  • a guided tasting of some of the award-winning beers produced by Fierce Beer
  • a special eight-course dinner at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven, sourced entirely from local Aberdeenshire suppliers paired with wines selected and served by Faffless Aberdeen, a specialist organic & natural wine bar

Aberdeen Art Gallery is also taking part, showing “Stories from the Shire” throughout the festival. The 20-minute film tells the inspiring stories behind some of Aberdeenshire’s best food and drink producers and its locally grown, reared and created products.

Food tourism

Created and led by Opportunity North East (ONE), Provenance Festival was piloted in 2021 as part of action and investment to develop Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a premium food tourism destination.

The focus is on visitor experiences connecting consumers with producers of authentic food and drink at its source.

Provenance Festival 2022 is supported by Aberdeenshire Council and VisitAberdeenshire.

Peter Cook, ONE Director of Food Drink & Agriculture said: “The Provenance Festival is a fantastic showcase for the region’s ambition to be a leading destination for food tourism.

“North East Scotland produces some of the country’s finest food and drink products with great stories and heritage behind them.

“The festival gives people the chance to see behind the scenes, meet passionate producers and hear the stories of sustainability and provenance behind their food and drink.”

You can find out more about what we’ve got planned here at City of Aberdeen Distillery & Gin School and book your place here

Find out more about the whole Provenance Festival – which runs from 30 September to 9 October with events taking place across the region - at