The National Whisky Festival to bring drams and live music to Glasgow this weekend

An annual festival which blends the world of whisky with the best in Scottish culture is set to return to Glasgow this weekend.

Published 16th Jan 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Featuring makers of whisky-related crafts, home-ware & artwork, an impressive programme of live music and food from popular local producers, the National Whisky Festival takes places this Saturday at SWG3 in the city’s west end.

Run in partnership with Celtic Connections, the unique tasting festival runs over two sessions, one in the afternoon (12pm to 3.30pm) and one in the evening (4.15pm to 7.45pm) and will see live music from artists like Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, Croft No.5, The Friel Sisters, Talisk and Siobhan Miller provide the soundtrack to a celebration of Scotland’s food and drink.

The National Whisky Festival
Picture: The National Whisky Festival

Now in its second year, the team behind the event say it will give attendees the opportunity to sample more than 100 whiskies from the likes of Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Glenmorangie, Lagavulin and Benromach, as well as allowing those attending to visit stalls from the city’s own Glasgow Distillery Company,the Clydeside Distillery and taste whisky cocktails from the Finnieston Distillery Company.
Fans of independent bottlers will also be able to enjoy offerings from Douglas Laing, Wemyss Malts and Speyside’s own Copper Dog.

To satisfy those looking to enjoy more than just the whisky, the organisers say there will be a rnage of artwork, glassware, and books, as well as non-alcoholic offerings, craft gin, rum, chocolate and coffee.

Colin Campbell, from the National Whisky Festival, said: “We want to celebrate whisky, we don’t just want to stand around chin-wagging, nodding, murmuring… It’s a beautiful drink - it’s many different drinks - so much can be done with it.

“We’re not part of the NO ICE brigade. We want our attendees to enjoy it in whatever fashion makes them happy. Whisky is a firm part of Scottish culture: it inspires people to make all sorts of wonderful artwork, architecture, music, poetry... That’s why we bring these things to our show.
“At what other whisky festival can you take a break between drams to dance to the beat of world-renowned musicians?”

Campbell added that Food from vendors such as Babu Bombay Street Kitchen (indian street food), Hen of the Woods (traditional Scottish / vegan) and The White Goose (pies) will be available to “make sure no-one is drinking on an empty stomach”.

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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