Glasgow bar Vega to host food and drink panel event - ahead of new menu launch

Glasgow venue VEGA is set to host a lineup of influential personalities from Scotland’s food and drink industry for a free panel of inspiring conversation.

Published 9th May 2023
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

To celebrate the launch of their brand new menu, VEGA’s May edition of Work @ VEGA Speaker Sessions will feature some of the country’s brightest stars from the food and drink scene including Julie Lin (GaGa), Jehad Hatu (Grunting Growler, Lunar) and more.

Taking place Friday 12 May from 11am - 12.30pm, the free event is part of VEGA’s Speaker Sessions series, sponsored by Scottish eyewear brand IOLLA and hosted by Capital Scotland presenter Katy Johnston.

The Food and Drink panel lineup includes: Julie Lin (TV Presenter and owner of Ga Ga), Naomi Vance (Photographer and owner of Vance Studios), Rosalind Erskine (Food and Drink Editor at The Scotsman) and Jehad Hatu (owner of Grunting Growler and Lunar).

Partnering with eyewear brand IOLLA, VEGA’s panel will see presenter and journalist Katy Johnston lead the
discussion in VEGA’s top floor co-working area, offering an audience Q&A and a chance for guests to network with the country’s top foodies.

Plus guests can enjoy a bite to eat from VEGA’s brand new menu after the event.

At the event, business owner Jehad Hatu will discuss the highs and lows of running your own venue, having recently opened the Southside’s hottest new cocktail spot Lunar, alongside West End craft beer mainstay Grunting Growler.

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The speakers for the food and drink event at Vega

Joining Jehad on the panel is one of Scotland’s brightest stars in the food scene and owner of GaGa - Julie Lin.

Recently appearing on TV shows including; Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef and Hairy Bikers, Julie will share insight into
running one of Glasgow’s favourite restaurants and creating her innovative menus.

Photographer and owner of Vance Studios, Naomi Vance also joins the panel, having worked with international brands as well as Scottish businesses like Glaswegin and El Perro Negro, capturing irresistible food and drink content that takes brands to new heights.

Rounding off the panel in style, Rosalind Erskine, award-winning Food and Drink Editor at The Scotsman will
provide insight into current trends for the food and drink industry and give tips on how to get started in food and drink journalism.

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Julie Lin said, “I love working in the industry and I love building an amazing team. I have a lot of job satisfaction in what I do, and mostly from seeing people rise up within their role and flourish. I feel like you can never stop
learning, and my team teaches me new things everyday.”

Naomi Vance, Vance Studios added: “I can't imagine a more exciting area to work in than the Scottish food and drink scene. You are surrounded by incredibly talented and infectiously enthusiastic people that provide endless creative
inspiration. Events where industry experts share their experiences, passions and ideas are really special to be a part of.”

New Vega menu

The Food & Drink Speaker Sessions coincide with the launch of VEGA’s brand new food menu, which includes favourites such as burger and chips, buffalo chicken wings and loaded nachos.

Tickets to the food and drink speaker session are on sale now via Eventbrite.

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