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September 3, 2016 12:30 pm - September 4, 2016 4:30 pm

Whisky LIVE at the Games, now in its ninth year, returns to the 151st Scottish Highland Gathering and Games on September 3-4, 2016 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco.

Lots of fun and many samples to taste in Building P, an air-conditioned building in the fairgrounds.

Hosting crowds of 25,000 attendees from the entire Bay Area and visitors from Canada and the UK, the Games provide a fantastic built in exposure for the brands that is hard to match, resulting in over 2,000 paid attendees throughout the tasting.

This event serves a very diverse crowd, ranging from very new and introductory whisky drinkers to the true  aficionados, including the Pleasanton Malt Whisky Circle.

All events are well supported by the local retailers, often taking orders for premium bottlings at the event.  Yes, you can order your new favorite whisky in the tasting hall.

For exhibitor information, contact Dave Sweet.

David Sweet
USA and Canada
847-249-4333 office
847-840-3914 cell


Two day sampling event

Saturday 12:30 – 5:30pm

Sunday   12:30 – 4:30pm


Standard ticket ($35): Sample 7 8 different whiskies and receive an event program and souvenir Glencairn tasting glass

VIP ticket ($45): Sample 12 14 different whiskies and receive an event program and souvenir Glencairn tasting glass


Whisky Tasting is held in Building P.

Air-conditioned building

Unlimited access each day

Option to place an order for your new favorite whisky

Age check wristband and WHISKY LIVE wristband required for entry

Building P opens at 10am for ticket purchase and pre-purchased ticket redemption (ie pick up your glass and tasting tickets early – beat the crowd.  Lines form early for entry into the whisky tasting hall.

Master class tickets will also be available for purchase at 10am.  Seating is limited and available only to patrons who have purchased the Standard or VIP tasting ticket.  Master class ticket is $25.


Master class schedule

Saturday  3:15pm


Fairgrounds open at 8am.

Parking is $10 and payable on site.

A separate admissions ticket is needed to enter the fairgrounds.

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