We've listed a few suggestions of the foodie delights to look out for during the Year of Homecoming.
Scotland is rightly proud of the many varieties of its national drink, from the peaty flavours of the west coast to the smoother malts of southern Scotland. May was our dedicated Whisky Month, which included celebrations such as World Whisky Day.
Why not plan a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail and learn all about what it takes to make the perfect blend of our 'water of life'? Go in search of your favourite dram on a tour of a distillery, or head to one of our amazing whisky bars.
Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch
As part of the Forth Bridges Festival, head to South Queensferry and enjoy a day of food and drink set against the majestic backdrop of the Forth Bridges. Held on 6 September, take part in the sit-down lunch and sample tasty fare from the specially-created menu by Scottish celebrity chef Nick Nairn. This festival day will be a real celebration of Scottish produce, with food and drink stalls and cookery demonstrations, plus street music and entertainment and a few other surprises too – get your tickets now!
September is shaping up to be a mouth-watering month, with many great events taking place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. Get your tastebuds tingling at Scotfest 2014 in Alva, City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival and the Dundee Flower and Food Festival. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to sample tasty bites and expand your culinary horizons at the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival, which kicks off in November.
Describing the sights and smells of farmers’ markets doesn't do them justice. You really have to experience them to see Scottish produce at its very best. Held regularly throughout the country, they are the ideal place to discover unique and artisan goodies, from cheeses to game meats, bought direct from the producers, who are always more than happy to answer any questions and share hints and tips on how to cook and serve them to perfection.
When eating out, look out for the Michelin star, the guaranteed standard of fine dining across Scotland. We've got 16 of these wonderful restaurants throughout the country, with no fewer than five in Edinburgh. This means Scotland's capital city (along with Dublin) has the highest number of Michelin-starred eateries outside London.
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