Edinburgh & The Lothians is a region bursting with flavour and excellent local produce. From the fresh seafood caught off the Firth of Forth and succulent beef and lamb sourced from the fertile Lothian farmland, to mouth-watering dairy produce and seasonal fruit and vegetables, there’s lots of choice.
Discover great producers across the region at grocery shops and local delis including Ian Mellis, whose mouth-watering cheeses can be found in stores throughout the city of Edinburgh. There are also plenty artisan bakeries as well as butchers who specialise in traditional Scottish fare including black pudding and haggis.
Edinburgh also enjoys many international influences which offer a true feast of the senses, such as the popular Valvona & Crolla which specialises in Italian produce.
Along the coast in East Lothian, you can pick up a range of delicious smoked goods from the Belhaven Smokehouse in Dunbar including smoked cheese, salmon and trout. While you're in Dunbar, make the most of the fresh seasonal berries by picking your own fruit at Belhaven Fruit Farm.
Wherever you are in Edinburgh & The Lothians you’re never far from inspirational local producers selling a range of mouth-watering produce from across Scotland and beyond.
There’s also a number of Lothian-produced drinks and drink attractions to enjoy during your visit including the area’s only distillery at Glenkinchie in East Lothian.
Food and drink events
Don’t miss the region’s food and drink events held throughout the year where you can sample the best local produce while enjoying a great family day out. Discover the excellent Edinburgh’s Foodies Festival in Inverleith Park and enjoy signature dishes from the restaurant tents, sample local beverages or learn the tricks of the trade at cookery masterclasses for all ages. The annual Royal Highland Show at Ingliston is another foodie event where more than 100 exhibitors showcase Scotland’s natural larder in all its glory.
Browse the listings to find more local producers across Edinburgh & The Lothians.
Summerhall Distillery – the first gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Their gin, based on an original Bombay recipe and kept secret since 1947, Pickering’s is a spectacularly smooth and flavoursome gin.
When: Every Sat, 9am - 2pm. Where: Castle Terrace, Edinbur.h, Visit Edinburgh's award-winning farmers' market to savour fresh, quality local produce - from meat, game and seafood to tablet, cheese and organic vegetables.
The Society is opening its doors to all, with an invitation to discover their rare single casks from over 132 different distilleries in a series of specialist events and experiences. Visit their exclusive venues for an ever-changing sensory adventure
Located within The Scotch Whisky Experience, Amber Whisky Bar has a mission to inform and impassion people about Scotch Whisky. 380+ Whiskies, superb Scottish cuisine, and an informal, friendly atmosphere make this a must visit bar.