Big things are heading to Scotland in May. Or one thing at least, but it is a doozy. The Glasgow Coffee Festival is heading back to The Briggait for a weekend of coffee good times, and the organizers are promising it will be the “biggest coffee festival Scotland has ever seen.”
It’s a big claim, but if there’s anyone able to make it, it’s the folks behind the Glasgow Coffee Festival. Now in its eight year, the GCF saw more than 2,400 attendees last year, selling out both sessions on both days. So this year, they are planning to go even bigger. “Each year, there’s more demand for the festival as Scotland’s coffee community grows, and more coffee curious people become coffee lovers,” states Lisa Lawson, event organizer and Dear Green Coffee founder. “Hopefully the festival will encourage even more people to swap their visit to a big chain for an independent coffee shop, which serves coffee by independent roasters and supports the local economy.”
Over the course of the weekend of May 13th and 14th, attendees will have the opportunity to attend cuppings, talks, workshops as well as taste coffee from some of the best roasters from across the UK and beyond. Roasters attending this year include Dear Green, Modern Standard, Climpson & Sons, and Obadiah, amongst others.
Divided into a morning and afternoon session each day, each event will feature three talks presented by industry professionals on a range of topics. And this year, there will be a cinema room, where folks can take in a coffee movie a coffee movie or two.
“Last year’s festival was the biggest ever, and this year we’ll have a lot more events throughout the weekend. It’s shaping up to be the biggest coffee festival Scotland has ever seen. We’re very excited to share news of the full calendar of events in the coming weeks and we’re proud to give a platform to Scotland’s coffee businesses to reach a new audience.”
And like with previous years, this installment of the Glasgow Coffee Festival is a no single-use cup zone. Attendees will need to bring their own drinking vessel (or if you forget or don’t have one, KeepCup will be on hand selling their reusable wares). Organizers expect to keep over 30,000 single-use cups from going to the landfill this year alone.
Tickets for the Glasgow Coffee Festival are on sale now for £14 per session and gain folks entry into all presentations, tastings, and all the coffee they can drink. A portion of all ticket sales will go to charity; last year the GCF raised over £8,000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
For more information, to see the full list of roasters and speakers, or to reserve your tickets, visit the Glasgow Coffee Festival’s official website.
Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.
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