World Buckfast Day
World Buckfast Day is observed next on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 (70 days from today).
Red and white wine has been a traditional and classy drink for a long time in history. Many people celebrate and enjoy wine, but there is a unique concoction of wine that is loved by many in Scotland and surprisingly is caffeine-free!
Buckfast is the name of this delicious wine and each year, many people around the world celebrate the history of this exceptional wine and enjoy its fruity tannins.
Buckfast Tonic is caffeinated liquor that has been a part of Scottish tradition since the 1960s. The wine was originally made as a health-promoting herb, which is why it was ranked into tonic wine instead of regular wine.
However, initially, this drink began to appear in the UK. Buckfast was created and distributed from the south of England by Benedictine monks in Buckfast Abbey back in the 1890s. The story goes that the Abbey lost its liquor license, and it is now distributed by J. Chandler & Company of the United Kingdom and Grants of Ireland. However, the wine is still actually produced at the same original Monastery, plus an additional location to fill demand.
In addition, the drink has its roots in French recipes, but despite being from England and France, Scots have used this brandy, especially in the city of Glasgow.
World Buckfast Day is the perfect time to learn more about this exciting alcoholic drink and maybe give it a try!
History of World Buckfast Day
Each year, a large number of pubs across Scotland celebrate this unique wine. Fun events, such as Wreck the Hoose, have an annual festival where people can drink and have fun. However, this drink has also caused some controversy over the past decade due to its popularity.
Since caffeine is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant, the combination of the two can have unfortunate effects for some people. In fact, because of this, Buckfast was implicated in years of political voting to ban the drink, in an attempt to help address the country's struggle with the drinking problem.
Buckfast, according to studies, is associated with antisocial behavior and also has some association with reports of crime. To help solve this problem, many political members have also recommended limiting the amount of caffeine in alcoholic beverages to address the issue. To give an idea of how awful this drink is, Buckfast has the equivalent of eight cans of cola in caffeine. Now that's a lot of caffeine!
World Buckfast Day is a fairly recent one, having just started in 2015 in the UK. Began by a fan group called “Wreck the Hoose Juice”, World Buckfast Day has become an international event to celebrate what is also known as “Bucky” or “Commotion lotion”.
How to Celebrate World Buckfast Day
- Try out Buckfast
For those wanting to see what Buckfast is all about, a first stop might be to check out a local liquor store to see if they happen to have it in stock. If not, you can order drinks online and witness the caffeine craze first-hand.
- Celebrate at a local pub
Even those who can't make it to Scotland can get a chance to celebrate World Fast Food Day! Many pubs around the world have made this day their own, including places like Sydney, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; Leeds, England; and Ayia Napa, Cyprus; and even the Caribbean! With more locations springing up each year, it would be a surprise if that day continues to grow. Check the listings to see if there are bars or pubs celebrating World Snack Day in your local area.
- Take a trip to Scotland
To really appreciate this drink and nowadays the perfect place to go is Scotland! Hop over to the northern part of the British Isles and get ready for one of their annual events. This can be a great way to make new friends and have a good time learning and enjoying many things that showcase Scottish culture, such as:
- Island from nest to nest throughout the Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides (in the west of Scotland) and Orkney or Shetland (in the north of the country) or the Isle of Skye. Filled with beautiful views, sunsets and incredible views!
- Enjoy Scottish whiskey. As long as there is alcohol on the menu, it would seem wrong not to include Scotland's most famous liquor, Scotch Whiskey. Try the flavors at a pub or a distillery.
- Visit to hear some Bagpipers. Whether at the Royal Mile in Edinburgh or on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, don't leave Scotland without taking the opportunity to hear firsthand the bagpipes played in their homeland!
ObservedWorld Buckfast Day has been observed the second Saturday in May.
Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Saturday, May 13th, 2023
Saturday, May 11th, 2024
Saturday, May 10th, 2025
Saturday, May 9th, 2026
Wreck The Hoose Juice in 2015