Food glorious (festival) food: best fests for foodies in Scotland this summer

Food Glorious (Festival) Food

Jo Laidlaw rounds up the best of Scotland's growing calendar of food festivals this summer

Edinburgh is the festival city so it's no surprise that the capital has lined-up a strong schedule of food festivals this summer. Why not kick-off the belly-busting fun with something home-grown and community-led? The Power of Food Festival aims to celebrate Edinburgh's community gardens, unique spaces dotted all over the city where residents come together to grow food. Over 20 gardens will be open to the public across a weekend; some have special events like poetry workshops, music, storytelling or full-blown garden fetes while others promise a more low-key chance to share food and connect with local growers. Sustrans are also doing their bit, creating a series of cycle routes to help you explore unfamiliar areas, so why not grab the bike and explore some hidden corners of your own city?

You know that weekend in Edinburgh where there's nothing to do? Nope, us neither. Cleverly filling that teeny-tiny gap between the Jazz Festival and the Fringe, Edinburgh Food Festival will celebrate the best of Scottish produce once again in George Square this July. With street food legends like Jarvis Pickle and Chick + Pea (plus more to be announced) there's an interactive atmosphere with plenty for the kids to do, especially on the weekend mornings. Last year, 25,000 people took advantage of the free entry, so expect a buzzy atmosphere.

Glasgow's links with Indian food are so strong that it's a surprise it's taken so long for someone to come up with the Indian Food Bazaar. Held in the Briggait in July, it's billed as Scotland's biggest ever festival of Indian food with stalls from the country's six main culinary regions cooking up a huge range of diverse dishes, with cocktails and mocktails also featuring Indian ingredients as well as traditional Indian music and DJs.

Glasgow has long been at the leading-edge of vegan culture in Scotland, and Vegan Connections aims to celebrate vegan culture. They'll take over SWG3 with performances from international and local musicians and artists, a market place and lots of food in August.

Fancy a day trip? Celebrating Scotland's larder isn't confined to Edinburgh and Glasgow and there are plenty of places and events worth visiting over the next couple of months. V in the Park is a completely vegan festival, with camping talks, stalls, live music and plenty of plant-based food.

In June, the eighth annual Crail Food Festival takes over the area around the harbour; a beautiful setting for talks, tastings and demos, lots of family fun and a plenty of local seafood to taste. Expect a similar vibe in Anstruther at the end of July, where the Anstruther Harbour Festival will revive the historic Anster Fair market alongside viking re-enactments. Bring your own helmet.

Anstruther Harbour Festival

Family-friendly food festival based in Anstruther and featuring local food and producers, as well as children's activities, tastings and demonstrations.

Anstruther Harbour

Fri 19 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sat 20 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 21 Jul

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Edinburgh Food Festival

Back for its sixth year, the Edinburgh Food Festival is doubling its schedule for the 2019 event, with a 10-day-long showcase of some of the best Scottish produce with meet-the-producer events and chef demos, as well as over 20 local producers and street food stallholders.

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 623 3030

Sat 20 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 623 3030

Sun 21 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 623 3030

…and 7 more dates until 28 Jul

The Power of Food Festival

A festival hosted by community food gardens across Edinburgh, giving foodies the chance to go on location and experience how grub is grown.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 15 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 16 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Crail Food Festival

A weekend of food and drink events in the coastal village of Crail, with plenty of sampling as well as food demonstrations and talks from independent producers across Fife. There will also be music events, children's activities and indoor and outdoor markets.

V In The Park

Scotland's first ever outdoor vegan festival with a whole weekend of camping, food, live music, guest speakers and workshops.

Indian Food Bazaar

Scotland's biggest festival of Indian food, with food stalls covering the nine main culinary regions of India, as well as mocktails and cocktails, traditional Indian music and DJs.

Vegan Connections

A celebration of vegan food and veganism with performances from international and local musicians and artists, a market place and plenty of tasty plant-based food.

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