Wednesday 27 July

Start your Festival experience on a walking tour in Glasgow - the cultural capital of Scotland

Glasgow’s Music tour is an entertaining guided walk around the music hot spots of the city centre. Explore the history, social life, and cultural passions, with fascinating tales about the bands who have stayed, played and made music in Glasgow the tour is one not to miss. 

Join us as we explore a neighbourhood rich in both musical myths and scuzzy backroom stages where the next generation of guitar heroes are paying their dues.

An Afternoon at Mharsanta with special guest Masterchef the Professionals winner Gary Maclean

Situated in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City, Mharsanta offers a genuine taste of Scotland. We have a passion for using seasonal, local produce and are here to ensure you have the best experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The USP of Mharsanta is serving home cooked Scottish cuisine using locally sourced Scottish produce in a sustainable manner. House favourites include Steak ‘n Sausage Pie, Shetland Island Mussels, freshly landed Scottish Fish ‘n Chips, a selection of Scottish seafood and dishes including the local Haggis suppler MacSween’s Haggis, including the newly launched Haggis Lasagne.  We have an excellent team who will provide fantastic hospitality throughout your visit and will cater for all your needs.

Mharsanta has recently won the award for ‘Most Vibrant Restaurant & Bar in Glasgow’ with LuxLife Restaurant and Bar Awards 2022. 

Gary Maclean

Scotlands National Chef and MasterChef: The Professionals Winner 2016

Born in Glasgow, multi-award-winning chef Gary Maclean has been at the heart of the Scottish hospitality industry for 35 years, working up and down the country to open and develop over 80 venues.

Gary was awarded the title of Scotland’s National Chef by the Scottish Government. In this voluntary role, Gary supports the Scottish Government in food health, education, and the promotion of Scotland’s amazing produce around the world. Gary is an ambassador for Scottish food and food education, and fully believes that every child should be entitled to a quality food education. It is this passion for mentoring young people that led him to become the Executive Chef at City of Glasgow College.

Gary is the author of Kitchen Essentials: The Joy of Home Cooking. He owns a sustainable Scottish seafood restaurant called Creel Caught in the heart of Edinburgh.

Thursday 28 July

A festival party like no other

Join us along with all other attendees at the C&IT Festival of Forums at Platform. A vibrant events venue and hospitality brand in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. An exciting concept in eating, drinking and socialising sees our huge indoor streetfood restaurant and bar including our beer hall and microbrewery that is a great meeting spot for the new normal!

Platform is also host to a range of events from live music to theatrical performances and our venue is available for hire for corporate events to weddings.