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March 12, 2020

Both The Barras Beer Bash and The Glasgow Coffee Festival are returning over the next few weeks.

We will kick off with The Barras Beer Bash which takes place in BAaD, the arts and events venue in the Calton, on Saturday 28th March.

The third Barras Beer Bash will focus on all the fantabulous brewers who operate in Glasgow.

Eight Glasvegas breweries will be in attendance: Merchant City Brewing Co., Dead End Brew Machine, Drygate, Simple Things Fermentations, Overtone Brewing Co., Ride Brewing Co., Hidden Lane Brewery and one more to be announced.

As well as DJs, organisers promise 'a load of lip-smacking festival food' including a food item which is quite possibly the best ever beer snack - a beer-battered pickled cucumber.

There are two sessions - noon to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm. Your ticket gives you entry and a festival pint glass.

Dogs and nippers are welcome to this family-friendly event with under 6s getting in for free.

Glasgow Coffee Festival

A bit further off is the Glasgow Coffee Festival which returns to The Briggait on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May, 9:30am-6pm. Main pic shows a previous Coffee Festival at The Briggait.

Organised by Dear Green Coffee Roasters, the two-day event will showcase the best of Scotland’s artisan roasters, top class cafés and brilliant baristas.

As well as eye-opening demonstrations and mouth-watering master classes, organisers will once again be keeping visitors guessing by throwing in a few surprises throughout the weekend.

In the past they’ve hosted everything from pop-up barbershops and quirky cocktail classes, to prestigious industry competitions and exclusive film premieres.

Two sessions per day

The Dear Green team.

The Dear Green team.

For the first time, this year's festival will have two sessions per day.

'It’s all about making the Glasgow Coffee Festival more accessible,' explains event organiser, Lisa Lawson. 'There’s a common preconception of "the coffee snob", but the atmosphere here at the Glasgow Coffee Festival is anything but elitist. Everyone is welcome to join us, taste some amazing coffee and have fun.

'That’s why we decided to change up the format for 2020 and offer people the choice of either joining us in the morning or the afternoon (or both, of course!), therefore creating ticket options to suit all budgets. It’s Scotland’s biggest coffee party and we want as many people to enjoy it as possible.'

Tickets start at £8 (plus booking fee) and include admission to the event, a goody bag, one hot drink and entry into the prize draw in which you could win coffee equipment, a year’s supply of coffee and a barista training session.