Spring eating: Largs Food Fest and 10 other food and drink events for your diary
- Donald Reid
- 31 March 2017
Make a date for Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, The Whisky Stamash and Eat Drink Scotland
Mark your card for some action-packed food and drink events and festivals coming to a venue, street or entire town near you this spring and early summer
Tales of the Cocktail on Tour
An industry gathering of international spirits professionals making its first European appearance, with various opportunities for the general public to get a piece of the action, with bars across the city shaking up special cocktail events plus a series of seminars and talks from the experts in town for the week.
1–4 April, Various venues, Edinburgh, talesofthecocktail.com
Paisley Beer Festival & Food Festival
Paisley Town Hall & Abbey Close, Paisley, paisleybeerfestival.co.uk, paisley2021.co.uk
As Paisley launches its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, Scotland's largest beery gathering celebrates its 30th birthday, joined by Paisley Food Festival on Sat 22 Apr and Paisley Restaurant Week (15–23 Apr), with discounts and deals at various places to eat throughout the town centre.
19–22 April, Paisley Town Hall & Abbey Close, Paisley, paisleybeerfestival.co.uk, paisley2021.co.uk
Summerhall's annual gathering of beer, spirits and street food, focusing on limited edition, can't-get-anywhere-else beers from local brewers, a Cocktail Kitchen and their very own Bar of Unearthly Delights, plus live science experiments, DJs and acoustic music.
11–13 May, Summerhall, Edinburgh, summerhall.co.uk
Scottish Street Food Awards
The inaugural Scottish Street Food Awards will see vendors battling it out for the public vote and the chance to compete in the UK-wide competition in September.
12–14 May, Pitt Street, Leith, Edinburgh, britishstreetfood.co.uk
An in-the-know boutique food festival run by the enterprising Mhor group of hotels and shops, with baking competitions, theatre, live music and many more activities for kids and adults, as well as lots of great food.
26–28 May, Monachyle Mhor Farm, Balquhidder, Perthshire, mhorfestival.net
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Scotland's first global craft beer gathering with over 30 internationally renowned brewers such as Lervig, Firestone Walker, and Yeastie Boys alongside locals including Tempest and Fierce Beer. There's food from some of The Pitt's vendors, and some high-profile DJ sets too.
26–28 May, The Biscuit Factory, Bonnington, Edinburgh, edinburghcraftbeerfestival.co.uk
Eat Drink Scotland
Complementing and running alongside the Ideal Home Show Scotland, this big new event strand offers a Chef's Table from the show's street vendors, a Foodie Lab demo area, a producers' market and a Drinks Station for cocktails, spirits and beers.
26–29 May, SEC Glasgow, eatanddrinkfestival.com
The Whisky Stramash
Now in its sixth year, sample over 200 whiskies from Scotland and further afield in a relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere and get hands-on with some special 'experiences' too.
27–28 May, Surgeon's Hall, thewhiskystramash.com
Largs Food Fest
With a scenic coastal backdrop, the holiday town of Largs celebrates food from Ayrshire and beyond with cooking demonstrations, talks, tastings, licensed bars and live music, along with musical theatre and a magician to help keep the kids entertained.
27–28 May, Largs Green, The Promenade, Largs, North Ayrshire, explorelargs.com
Juniper Gin Festival
With a variety of top producers to try before you buy as well as gin talks, cocktails, food stalls and handmade fashions and crafts, the Juniper Festival is a celebration of all things gin.
2–4 June, Summerhall, Edinburgh, summerhall.co.uk
Crail Food Festival
Busy and multi-faceted local food celebration among the old streets and harbour of this pretty East Neuk village, with highlights including a Children's Tea Party and Sunday Lunch at the Harbour with shellfish, venison, fish and chips and on-site haddock smoking.
10–11 June, Crail, Fife, crailfoodfest.co.uk