The Reeling festival 2023: Food and drink vendors at new event - including Café Cùil and Mrs Falafel

This new festival is taking place this weekend in Glasgow, and it's set to be a family-friendly event full of good food.

Published 9th Jun 2023
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

The countdown to Glasgow’s newest summertime festival is on, as final preparations for The Reeling get underway and a raft of activity for families and foodies is unveiled.

When is The Reeling festival taking place?

Thousands of Scottish music fans have snapped up tickets for what will be the biggest single weekend of traditional music in the Central Belt, set at Glasgow’s Rouken Glen Park on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2023.

What food and drink will be available?

As well as a varied line-up of traditional musical talent, ticket holders will be treated to a fantastic array of food and drink offerings and a brilliant range of activities and workshops celebrating Scottish culture, community and creativity.

The Reeling will team up with Skye’s incredible Café Cùil to bring a unique taste of the Highlands to Rouken Glen Park with a pop-up festival restaurant.

Event-goers will have the chance to sit down for a delicious meal in amongst the buzzing atmosphere of the park, as
the Café Cùil team serves up a menu of dishes inspired by their Hebridean roots, including Skye langoustines and tattie scone tacos.

There will also be a line-up of Scottish street food vendors including Screaming Peacock, Dough Man's Land Pizza, Rost, Mrs Falafel and Street Scullery on hand to dish out tasty plates for attendees on the move. There will also be an ice cream van, ideal for what's set to be a sunny weekend.

The Reeling Festival
Picture: Tim Craig

Official bar providers Paradise Palms will be serving up a range of drinks to suit all tastes, while Portree coffee roastery BIRCH will collaborate with Glasgow’s Us V Them Coffee for what will be their first foray off the Isle of Skye.

The Reeling is also partnering with The Woodsman Whisky, a contemporary blended scotch perfect for mixing, so festival-goers can enjoy a dram with ginger beer or mixer of their choice, as they soak up the atmosphere.

The newly announced activities programme for the festival has something for all ages too. A special kids area will keep little ones entertained with face painting, story telling, arts and crafts and a sports day. Jam sessions and workshops will also take place across the weekend, led by musical instrument charity Music Broth.

What bands are playing at The Reeling festival?

Scottish favourites Skerryvore, inimitable party starters Peatbog Fairies, Folk Band of the Year Breabach, Gaelic supergroup Daimh, trad four-piece Fras, highly sought-after folk act RURA, Gaelic vocal harmony trio SIAN, groundbreaking and genre-defying trio Talisk and electro-trad duo Valtos are all set to thrill Glasgow crowds with dynamic sets.

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Scotland’s most celebrated fiddle band Blazin' Fiddles, Hebrides powerhouse Eabhal, Stornoway electro-Celtic band Face The West, energetic trad act Heron Valley, festival favourites Hò-Rò, and many more, will also be performing.

A number of special secret sets from some of Scotland’s favourite folk musicians are also planned, keeping the surprises coming for audiences all weekend long.

The Reeling will also be partnering with nearby Mòd Phàislig (Paisley) to celebrate Gaelic language and culture, and with a daily showcase from Fèis Phàislig (Paisley) completing the programme, visitors can expect round-the-clock moments of musical spectacle and a weekend bursting with entertainment.

A shuttle bus service has been launched, running back and forth between Buchanan Bus Station and the festival site across the weekend.

Find out more and buy tickets here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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