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June 28, 2019

Taking place at Cartha Queen's Park RFC on Glasgow's Dumbreck Road this Saturday (29th June) is the inaugural Shawlands Beer and Gin festival.

The aim is to bring together the best Scottish brewers and distillers, from mainstream operators to small independents.

Naturally, artisan food trucks will help dampen down any grumbling bellies.

From noon to 8pm, there will be more than 35 gins and fifteen beers available.

There is a strong emphasis on local/Scottish producers.

The gin companies taking part include Makar Glasgow Gin, House of Elrick gin and McLean's Gin, a brand which started life in a cupboard in a Glasgow tenement. Main pic above is from McLean's Gin Facebook.

The brewers scheduled to appear include Out of Town, Jawbrew and the mighty William Bros Brewing.

Helping to keep the munchies at bay will be Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Bowl Food and the pizza-makers Dough Man Land.

You can buy advance tickets here.

And if you want to continue your night with a meal in the Southside, here are a few local 5pm member restaurants and bars.

Loch Lomond foraging

Staying in the West, Saturday will see a wild food foraging event take place at High Wards Farm, Gartocharn.

Organised by the RSPB, this two-hour session will feature a walk and cooking demonstration which explores some of the traditional and modern uses of wild plants for food and medicine.

Guests will learn about a variety of plants found at RSPB Loch Lomond and try out some tasty treats.

Recipes will be available to take away so you can try out some of this wild cooking at home.

Could all prove useful if we crash out of the EU with no deal.

It starts at 2pm and costs £10 or £8 for RSPB members. Advance booking essential:

Wings and beer

Heading to the East, on Saturday night (29th June), Stewart Brewing are hosting a chicken wing and beer tasting session from 7pm.

They have teamed up with Wings on Old Fishmarket Close to offer three flavours of wings paired with a refreshing Stewarts beer. 

For £20 each guest can enjoy six double wings, two in each flavour, and three thirds of beer.

There will be live music and the bar will be open until 10pm, showcasing the brewery's new range of wines and spirits as well as pouring the latest beers.

Stay frosty!