Year of Food and Drink brings out the best Scottish flavours
What better way to get to know a country and its people and culture than through its food? Scotland is celebrating the Year of Food and Drink throughout 2015, a 12 month celebration of our country’s fantastic natural larder and unique producers.
From artisan cheeses to world-renowned whiskies, there is an abundance of delicious, regional flavours around every corner in Scotland.
Treat yourself and come and experience a true taste of Scotland in 2015. Find events, food trails and more at visitscotland.com/tastescotland. Here are some of the highlights:
The Night Market
16 Sep, Balgove Larder near St Andrews
Wednesdays are the new weekend at Balgove Larder! With dates throughout the year, these unique events offer entertainment, local crafts, fresh food and drink from the farm shop and butchery alongside a selection of other producers. Past events have featured small-batch jam from Cochrane’s Kitchen; versatile sauces from The Whisky Sauce co; seafood from Arbroath Quality Fish; and delicious, healthy dishes from Good Food Good Feelings. The September event is set to have an autumnal feel, profiling speciality local beers.
Let’s Eat Glasgow!
5–6 Sep, SWG3, Finnieston
Free Entry, Food for a Fiver
The exciting, new Real Food, Real Folk co-operative of top Glasgow chefs at Cail Bruich, The Crabshakk, The Gannet, Guy’s, Mother India, Ox and Finch, Stravaigin and the Ubiquitous Chip will serve up a sensational menu at Scotland’s first truly indigenous restaurant festival, Let’s Eat Glasgow!. Taking everyone 'field to fork', the colourful fiesta of food will feature livestock, bustling market, restaurant showcase, butchery and cooking demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Through the event, Real Food, Real Folk aims to celebrate the city’s increasingly diverse food scene and raise funds for the co-operative’s outreach programme, raising nutrition awareness across the city.
£5 restaurant food vouchers now available at letseatglasgow.co.uk. Advance purchase recommended.
Enjoy a feast of events and festivals happening all over the country during the Year of Food & Drink. Here are a few:
Elgin Food and Drink Festival
22 Aug, Elgin
A chance for all the family to enjoy the city centre with Jamie Scott, winner of MasterChef The Professionals 2014, and true scot Norman of Great British Bake Off fame appearing.
Galloway Country Fair
22–23 Aug, Drumlanrig Castle
An all-round celebration of rural life, this year’s fair is shaping up to be a feast for food fanatics with their largest ever Food Marquee, baking competitions and cooking demos.
Craft Beer Rising
4–5 Sep, Drygate Brewery, Glasgow
Proudly returning to Glasgow for their second year, CBR presents 40+ breweries for your sampling pleasure, amidst an array of fine street food, top DJ’s and music entertainment.
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
4–6 September, Camperdown Country Park
Boasting dozens of food producers, cookery demonstrations and masterclasses with top chefs, catch Greg Wallace and Tony Singh this year.
Best of the West
12–13 Sep, Inverary Castle
Whether you relish fine dining or get excited about tucking into Argyll’s local specialities, you’ll definitely enjoy the gastronomic offerings showcased at the festival alongside energetic Scottish folk music.
Scottish Braves Chilli Fiesta
19–20 Sep, Scone Palace, Perth
Enjoy the ‘hotly’ anticipated chilli festival, two days of fiery fun with stands showcasing everything from fresh curries and chilli chutneys to chilli ciders and cocktails, a celebration of food, drink horticulture and more.
Edinburgh Coffee Festival
3 Oct, Mansfield Traquair
The capital’s inaugural coffee festival is coming! Certain to stimulate senses with the gorgeous aroma of coffee, exciting demos, live and music and more, the festival promises to be an unmissable occasion for café culture vultures, discerning coffee lovers and those in the industry.
Balmaha’s Braw Weekend
3–4 Oct, The Oak Tree Inn
On the very bonnie banks of loch Lomond Organised by The Oak Tree Inn and drawing on their food and drink credentials, head to Balmaha for local food, live music and events during the daytime, this unique event in a stunning location, turning into a beer festival in the evenings.
17 Oct, Strathmore Hall, Forfar
Angus Farmers’ Market presents an exciting new beer and drinks festival celebrating independent producers from the North East. Imagine casks of beer and cider, cocktails, hog roast and street food accompanied by live music.
Perth Festival of Chocolate
21–22 Nov, Perth
At Scotland’s first outdoor chocolate festival, expect fine chocolatiers as well as some more unusual cocoa products, from candles to soap, and demos in chocolateering! It goes without saying that tastings will be an integral feature of the weekend…
The Wine Gang Winter Wine Festival
28 Nov, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
Following sell-out festivals in London and Bath, this pre-Christmas treat promises ‘unstuffy’ introductory wine tastings, an incredible masterclass programme and the chance to get some discounts on your favourites on the day.
There are plenty of other ways to get your foodie fix this year. Farmers’ and Community Markets are a great way to meet the producer in person, learn about where your food comes from and get some cooking tips. Think Local are helping you to find your local market at thinklocalscotland.co.uk/farmers-markets
Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey around Scotland this year. A Taste of Scotland’s Foodie Trails combines details of Scotland’s food trails with information about relevant local businesses and interesting facts about each product. Download the guide for free at visitscotland.com/tastescotland and join in the discussion on twitter using #TasteScotland.