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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival toasts fresh success at Hampden Stadium

Glasgow’s Whisky Festival
One of the largest celebrations of Scotland’s national drink has been hailed a success after a last minute move to Hampden Stadium. Glasgow’s Whisky Festival celebrated a sold-out event in November, with the annual fixture delivered by Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, which manages a wide-ranging portfolio of premier venues across the country.

Established in 2010, Glasgow’s Whisky Festival relocated with three months’ notice after its previous home unexpectedly went into administration. This year’s event sold out through word of mouth and more than 1,000 people descended on the national stadium to taste whiskies from around the world.  

Set out over two different suites the flexible set-up allowed whisky experts the time and space to talk to guests with a thirst for information. 50 different stalls offered drams from a host of household names including Glenfiddich, Auchentoshan, The Famous Grouse, and Glengoyne.  

The organisers of Glasgow’s Whisky Festival are now starting to plan for the next event in 2016.  

Julie Hamilton from Glasgow’s Whisky Festival said, “Changing our existing venue with just three months’ notice was a challenge, but Hampden proved to be the perfect replacement.”

“We have a loyal following of whisky lovers that we have built over the last six years – and with a thousand people through the doors on the day we’re pleased to report that everything went exactly to plan.

“The support from the Sodexo Prestige team was fantastic, with a first class effort on the behind the scenes organisation, which meant we were able to concentrate on all things whisky.”  

As well as event management, Sodexo Prestige provided catering with a Scottish flavour, old favourites including haggis and stovies.  

“Hampden’s the perfect fit for an event celebrating Scotland’s national drink and we’re pleased to have delivered a successful festival,” said David Trotter, Catering Services Director at Sodexo Prestige Stadia and Racecourses, Scotland.

“Having moved from a venue they knew well, we went the extra mile to accommodate the clients’ needs at short notice and to make them feel at home.

“We hope this is the start of a long relationship with Glasgow Whisky’s Festival and look forward to raising a glass to our future success.”  

Recognised by UEFA as a five-star rated stadium, Hampden Park offers a wide range of facilities for festivals, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, receptions, and dinners.

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