Glasgow's Whisky Festival announce ticket giveaway in support of local foodbank

The team behind a hugely popular whisky festival in Glasgow has announced a food drive and ticket giveaway to get kind-hearted whisky fans donating items for a local foodbank.

Published 7th Nov 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The organisers of the massively popular Glasgow's Whisky Festival have asked people to bring an item from their food bank list - which will then be collected by Drumchapel Foodbank - to the festival, with those who do receiving a raffle ticket in exchange for their generosity.

It’s a simple formula, according to the team - help someone less fortunate and maybe win two tickets for next year's event.

Now in its eighth year, the festival once again returns to Scotland’s national football stadium - following the closure of the Arches in 2015 - for two sessions over Saturday 11th November.

There will be more than 50 whisky stands – 60 stands in total – at the event, which will feature many of the country’s best drams, as well as an array of top whiskies from around the world.

Posting on their website, they wrote: "As we fast approach that time of year when everyone has a bit too much to eat and drink, we wanted to do something to help those whose lives are far from merry.

"Given that we welcome hundreds to our festival every year we wanted to do something charitable while we’ve got you all together to celebrate whisky.

"This year, in association with Drumchapel Foodbank, we will be having a raffle with a difference. You can’t buy a ticket: to get one you must swap one item on the list below for it. You can get as many tickets as you like for as many of these items that you bring along with you to the festival."

In total 10 pairs of tickets for next year's event will be given away over the two sessions.

The draw will then be held live on Facebook from Glasgow's Bon Accord bar.

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The GWF team have created a carefully curated list of items that are required to ensure the foodbank gets what it needs for this winter.

The required items are as follows:

• Tinned Meals (minced beef, curry, stew, mac n cheese etc)

• Tinned Veg (carrots, peas, sweetcorn etc)

• Boxed Cereal

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• Jars of Sauce (pasta sauce, sweet n sour etc)

•  Shampoo/Conditioner/Shower Gel

• Boxes of Soap Powder

•  Tea Bags

• Jars of Baby Food

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• Feminine Hygiene Products

• Toilet Roll

• Nappies (specifically size 5/6/7)

The team will collect these items from attendees while they are queuing.

Organiser and co-founder Mark Connelly said: "We've always felt that we could do something worthwhile for charity with our event and decided that a food bank collection at this time of year would be the ideal thing.

"Visitors to Glasgow's Whisky Festival get a raffle ticket for each food item they bring, from a list provided by Drumchapel Foodbank, and can win tickets to next year's show. It's a win/win situation!"

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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