The National Whisky Festival returns to Glasgow this weekend

Run in partnership with Celtic Connections, the National Whisky Festival blends the world of whisky with the best in Scottish culture: featuring makers of whisky-related crafts, home-ware & artwork, an impressive programme of live music and food from popular local haunts. It takes place this Saturday, 20th January at SWG3 on Eastvale Place.

The event will feature live music from Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, Croft No.5, The Friel Sisters, Talisk, and Siobhan Miller.

The festival’s partnership with Celtic Connections, the largest winter festival in the world, allowed The National Whisky Festival to bring this inventive take on the world of whisky to Glasgow for the first time last year.

Attendees can sample more than 100 whiskies from the likes of Ardbeg, Bruichladdich, Glenmorangie, Eden Mill, Lagavulin, Talisker, Loch Lomond, Wemyss Malts, Benromach, Morrison + Mackay, Copper Dog, Islay Boys, Glasgow Distillery Company, Annandale, Finnieston Distillery, Clydeside Distillery, Frasier Liqeur, Paul John, Nikka, Yamazakura, Spey, Wolfburn, Douglas Laing, Jura and many more.

Delicious food from vendors such as Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Hen of the Woods and The White Goose will be served to complement the huge range of whiskies.

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?”

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Every January, over 2,000 musicians from around the world descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. Celtic Connections is programmed by Artistic Director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) Donald Shaw, and features more than 300 events across multiple genres of music.

National Whisky FestivalSaturday 20 January 2018
SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place
Glasgow, G3 8QG

Session 1: 12.00-15.30 | Session 2: 16.15-19.45