What: Ooshka Festival – Scottish drink festival
Where: The Tall Ship, Glasgow
Festival celebrating the Scottish Drink industry launches in Glasgow
Scotland produces some of the world’s best-loved drinks and what better way to celebrate this thriving industry than with an experiential festival on Glasgow’s iconic Tall Ship.
Organised by The Whisky Ambassador and creative drinks agency, The Drink Cabinet, Ooshka Festival aims to showcase the journey, production and stories of the beers and spirits of Scotland through tastings, master-classes and interactive workshops. With many of Scotland’s whisky festivals being dominated by trade professionals, Ooshka will introduce a new generation of people to the brilliant well known, and up & coming brands from our home country.
As The Whisky Ambassador offer the world’s only accredited whisky course for the hospitality trade, Managing Director Jo Graham thought it was time to introduce the public to the lesser known facts of our countries’ sought after spirits and beers. Jo said, “In our experience, many people don’t understand and appreciate the craftsmanship, and complexities of the Scottish drinks industry which is why we want to celebrate this, and have some fun at the same time.”
Andy Gemmell, Director of The Drink Cabinet added, “Having travelled the world as a Whisky Ambassador, I realised the passion people have for Scotland. We want to celebrate this by showcasing the amazing drinks brands we produce – from Whisky, Gin, Beer and even Rum, we want to educate people through an innovative format in a iconic location.”
The festival will be held on 12th September 2015 on Glasgow’s Tall Ship, located next to the Transport museum. Hosting the festival here ties in to Scotland’s rich history in the trading and transport of Whisky all over the world. With big Frank Murphy from Pot Still in Glasgow heading up the educational portion, the day of sampling, experiential master-classes and live music is set to be an unmissable event in Glasgow’s summer calendar.
The festival starts at 11am until 6.30pm with tickets costing just £10. An array of Scottish themed food will be on offer from local café, Devils Deli and catering company Chez Toi, and then in the evening the Tall Ship will be transformed into an alternative Ceilidh. Music will be brought to you by Scottish band, Skipinnish, and Edinburgh based DJ, BurghRecords. As well as creating their own Scottish Highland music with singles including ‘The Island’ and ‘Walking on the Waves’, Skipinnish are well known for their contemporary covers, which they will be bringing to Ooshka’s alternative Ceilidh this September!
Throughout Ooshka Festival and the evening Ceilidh, there will be a charity raffle with proceeds going to the Neuro Foundation, which assists people with Neurofibromatosis, and the STV appeal. Prizes for the raffle include; AD Rattray 8 year old malt plus 2 x £20 vouchers for their shop, Guided tour of Glasgow Distillery for 2 with bottling of own gin, Bottle of Bruichladdich Classic Laddie,
Beer pack and tour of Eden Mill, Whisky Cocktail Making at Tigerlilly Edinburgh for 4, and more!
This is just the start for Ooshka and having earmarked Sydney Harbour for their next event, Ooshka plans to take the festival further afield and celebrate Scottish drinks brands throughout the world.
Tickets for daytime event are £10 (includes 5 samples from exhibitors).
There will be a £5 deposit for an Ooshka tasting glass on arrival.
Tickets are available online here.
Strictly over 18s only.
Sessions: 11am – 1.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm
4pm – 6.00pm
Alternative Ceilidh: 7.30pm – Midnight
Ceilidh Tickets: £20 (includes 2 cocktails)