A three-day Deeside extravaganza paying tribute to legendary Scots king Macbeth has been hailed as a royal success – and plans are already in the pipeline to repeat the event next year.
For the second year running, Deeside Activity Park at Dess near Aboyne was the venue for Macbethfest featuring a running event, beer festival and ceilidh. The venue lies a stone’s throw from the site where King Macbeth is said to have been killed at the Battle of Lumphanan in 1057.
Macbethfest 2010 kicked off with a running event in conjunction with Running the Highlands last Wednesday (May 12th). The event – which attracted 96 competitors – was won by Team Simpson Buchan comprising Rhona Buchan and her daughter and sons Ellie, Doug and Robbie who finished in 69 minutes, 45 seconds. Special congratulations went to Ewen McMillan who, at the age of just 11, completed the course in 18 minutes, 12 seconds.
On Friday (May 14th) beers from the renowned Deeside Brewery and guest beers from around Scotland were the focus for the second ever Macbethfest beer festival while Saturday (May 15th) saw a ceilidh with local band and T in the Park regulars “Hogtie.”
Thirsty drinkers ensured that no less than 3,200 pints of beer were enjoyed during the event.
Macbethfest also raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support thanks to a raffle featuring a luxury food hamper created using kind donations from Deeside Activity Park’s suppliers.
Throughout the Friday and Saturday events, a spit roast served up beef from the well known Cairnton Aberdeen Angus cattle herd run by Deeside Activity Park proprietor, Ken Howie.
Commenting on the success of Macbethfest 2010, Ken Howie said: “It was great to be joined by so many visitors from throughout the area for what was without doubt the most successful Macbethfest to date and we look forward to building on the success of the event in 2011.”