Sharing a dram and talking spirits


We had a chance to sit down and sip on a single malt scotch with Frank Scott, the Chairman of the New Brunswick Spirits Festival (NBSF), and talk about the festival that has put New Brunswick on the whisky world map.

Hi Frank, thanks for joining us. First things first, for those who don’t know, what is the NBSF?
The NBSF is Canada’s oldest spirits festival. It was founded in 1995 and is the only spirits festival in Canada to partner with a provincial liquor corporation. The festival has grown to be a full five days long and is something that our province can be proud of on the world stage.

It has been said that the festival truly is one of the best in the world, what makes the NBSF different from other festivals?
One thing that sets us apart is the overall experience. There are over 350 products featured each year, ranging from rum to gin to bourbon and scotch, many of which are high quality, rare products. The products are featured in over 40 “master classes”, 3 dinners, and of course the festival showcase. There is also an ANBL onsite store, where you can purchase any of the products featured at the events.

That’s really exciting stuff. So, tell us honestly, what is your personal favourite aspect of the Festival?
I have two favourite aspects. One, the festival gives folks in NB a chance to interact with some of the world’s leading experts in high quality spirits and food who travel to attend the festival. Secondly, but no less important, is the fact that we are probably the most socially responsible festival in the world. We are the only festival, that we know of, that offer a free cab ride home to all attendees for every event throughout the entire festival week. We can do that due in part to a great partnership with ANBL and we are very proud of that fact.

We love hearing that, Frank. Thanks for your time, and for the Scotch!
My pleasure, hopefully we will see you at the festival, which will be at the Delta Fredericton from November 13th – 17th, 2018.