Sky Lanterns At The Festival


The tradition of using sky lanterns has been around for hundreds of years and they have made it into the modern era.  They are seemingly just as popular as they were in the past.  They can be regularly seen at wedding and celebrations for just about any occasion.  They are a decorative item that make everyone at the event feel special.  This is why we are thinking of introducing these at the next whisky festival.

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The lanterns actually have their own festivals. One which takes place in Thailand.  This is well known across the world.  Traditionally, lanterns are believed to offer protection from evil spirits and as such bringing good to the person that releases one.  But don’t get that confused if you have drank too much whisky that releasing one will mean no hangover in the morning.

Sky lanterns don’t create any pollution and are environmentally friendly, especially when compared to things such as fireworks and bonfires. They are visually magnificent when a few are released simultaneously and they create enchantment at an event.  This is one of the reasons why lanterns are seen at parties, wedding and other important events in people’s lives. In many areas of the world, particularly in Asia, flying lanterns are part of the New Years Eve decorations.  We view the festival as in important part of people’s lives and so we opted for this idea to release lanterns.

You may know them as either sky lanterns, flying lanterns or floating lanterns but they have become very dear to many people across the world.  They are great to have around even when there isn’t a special occasion to celebrate.  They may also be called sky candles or even Chinese paper lanterns.  In fact, they have so many names that there are too many to list here.  Online, there is a very wide range of lanterns to choose from.  Websites such as thoroughly test the many different types of lanterns to ensure that you get ones correct for your special occasion and so there are no nasty surprises from poor build quality or materials


If you are maybe concerned that sky lanterns are not environmentally friendly, we assure you that they are almost always 100% biodegradable. We would never use anything at one of our festivals that may cause harm to the environment.  They are usually only constructed from recycled paper and the heat/light source is a candle.  If/when we give you a lantern at the festival, we will provide you with all of the safety information that you will require for a safe release.  So there is no need to worry and even children can get involved.

As for the types of lanterns we will provide, prepare yourselves to be rather amazed at the selection there will be to choose from.  There will be many shapes, sizes and colours to selecy.  However, be wary that the size and shape can affect the type of flight that a lantern will have, along with the weather of course.  So lets’s hope that it doesn’t rain.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled


If you head over to Speyside, you can take part in the Spirit of Speyside: Distilled Festival. This is a region under a roof which provides very nice things for those with any interest in food and drink.

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled takes place in Scotland’s best-known region for whiskey production in the Elgin Town Hall from September 9th until the 11th. Guests at the event are allowed to sample various products from a number of different whiskey distilleries. As well as this, there is beer, food and gin produced locally. Also there will be drinks masterclasses which will focus on mixology and food with some of the most famous people in the business.

The Spirit of Speyside: Distilled festival is actually an offshoot from the popular spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. This takes place on the May Day bank holiday weekend and attracts hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the area. The Speyside Whisky festival contains over 500 events across many sites and so the organisers thought there was room for a secondary festival. The Spirit of Speyside: Distilled festival is a much more intimate festival giving its visitors a opportunity to sample products and also meet the people behind the products, in one place.

The festival is divided into four smaller events. These are Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and Friday evening bringing together 30 of drink and food producers from the Speyside area. Many famous names will be among the attendees such as Glenfiddich and Glen Moray.

This is a great chance for the small producers to show the spotlight with the world-renowned brands. The tickets for each of the smaller events cost £20 and include a voucher for five samples of whiskey or gin, a lanyard and a crystal tasting glass.

The masterclasses also require tickets which should be booked separately. During these classes visitors will have the opportunity to taste vintage and rare malts. Along with this, they can learn about brewing, distillation, tricks for mixology and also learn about the pairing of whiskey and sweets. The stands at the festival will be manned by the real stars of the drink and food industry. Tickets are available through and will also be available on the door. There is also a VIP option for anyone who has the same name as any of the distilleries at Speyside. For example, any Glenmorangie’s or Glenfiddich’s will get free entry with proof of identity.

Advantages Of Powerlifting Belts


Powerlifting belts are used in many exercises in order to prevent injury while training is being performed. But many people don’t know what the real benefits are to wearing one. Here, we will try to outline some of the basic benefits one would receive from wearing a belt.

Injury prevention of the back

The top reason why lifters wear a belt is injury prevention. If you were to go into any gym and asked people why they wear one, that is what most people would respond with. Their reply may also be mixed with one of the other benefits too. During deadlifts or squats, there is a high amount of strain on the lower back and injury is quite common.

A belt helps to generate pressure within the core of your body. Now, many people practice achieving this effect naturally which work to some extent. But a belt amplifies this effect.

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Lifting improvement

Another common response regarding belts is to lift more weight. This is a very good reason. As many people know, the larger compound lifts build more muscle quicker, and the heavier weight lifted (with a good form), the better. This is especially true when powerlifters who might be training for a competition where a belt can be worn when they compete.

Engagement of the core

This is your level of safety when you perform a lift. For example, for lowering into squads you should have a core follow their. This creates pressure against the abs and the lower back and this is what keeps you safe during a lift. The powerlifting belt is a good way of creating and amplifying this intra-abdominal pressure.

Mental benefits

It is quite common for people to wear belts for peace of mind. It is quite strange but some people generally feel stronger and there wear a belt. But lifters need to remember that they are not invincible and no amount of equipment can counteract poor form.

Downsides of powerlifting belts

Overusing a belt can be detrimental to progress in both the strength and muscle areas. Using a belt can mean that there is less pressure applied to your core meaning that it can lead to a weaker core and thus in the long term a higher chance of injury when training without a belt. Another issue is getting the wrong type of belts or in the wrong size. It is strongly recommended that readers do thorough research before selecting a belt. Websites such as provide excellent reviews and information on selecting the correct belts for varying needs. Plus, selecting a good belts can last you years.

Another quite common issue is poor engagement of the abdominal muscles, even when a belt is used. Even though belts help to create extra pressure in the core, it is still important to have the correct abdominal and breathing techniques before being fully effective. If these techniques are used at all, a belt can be effectively useless.