It’s time to get clued up on your whisky as the largest whisky festival in the world comes to town…  The Whisky Live Festival kicks off on the 4th of November, and runs for three days showcasing of all things whiskyfied – whisky cocktails, whisky tasting, food and whisky-pairing…the lot.

Discover a world of whisky at the FNB Whisky Live Festival

Whisky-Live-Logo-oneNow in its seventh year, The FNB Whisky Live Festival has grown into the largest whisky event of its kind, attracting more visitors and brands than any other whisky festival globally.  And organisers have promised that this year’s show – which runs from 4th to 6th November 2009 in Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre – will be bigger and better with more to taste, see and do.

Education and providing an accessible forum for both the novice and connoisseur to sample and discover the mystery of whisky will continue to be the main focus of the event.

whisky_live-1New interactive elements include the Schweppes Art of Cocktail Making Zone, where you whip up delicious whisky cocktails and the Macallan Maturation Zone, where you can learn what effect wood has on the taste, colour and flavour of whisky. Old favourites such as the Lexus Connoisseurs Experience, which offers a chauffeur drive, a personalised guided tour of the festival and ‘unique’ tastings followed by dinner in the Lexus Whisky Leisure Lounge, will be available.

The FNB Whisky Live Festival runs from 18h00 to 22h00. Tickets to the Tasting Hall cost R180, with a range of other ticketing options available through Webtickets(via the Whisky Live website), including new multi-day passes and group bookings.

whisky_islayThe FNB Whisky Live Festival promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 years old will be allowed into the Tasting Hall, and dedicated driver tickets are available. Discounted food vouchers and a bottle of Valpre mineral water are included in the ticket price, and taxis will be on hand to ensure that everyone in your party is able to have a good time.

Part of the proceeds will continue to be donated to The Foundation of Alcohol Related Research. For more information please visit the website – – or e-mail .


giftboxThe FNB Whisky Live Festival are giving away double tickets to three lucky readers to the Cape Town festival.  Each double ticket gives you and your partner entrance to the Cape Town FNB Whisky Live Festival on the Thursday, 5 November 2009 (only)

The prize includes entry into the Tasting Hall, a copy of the 2009 edition of the Whisky Handbook, a tasting glass as well as 12 whisky tasting coupons for the evening, a bottle of Valpre water, and discounted food and Picardi Rebels vouchers.

To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer two easy questions below, and send us your entry and contact details before 30 October 2009.


THE FINE PRINT: The competition closes at midday on the 30th of October 2009. Prize is for Tasting Hall tickets for the opening VIP night of the CT festival on 5 November (cannot be changed for another night). Tickets can only be used by the person whose name is entered into the draw (ID will be required for collection) and can be collected on the evening of the 5th from just before 18h00. If we cannot get hold of any winner by midday on 2 November 2009, we will award the tickets to a runner-up. Oh, and you’d best be over 18, or you won’t be allowed into the Tasting Hall at all!
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