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  • Colourful display of fruit and vegetables at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.
    Colourful display of fruit and vegetables at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.
  • Serving up haggis, neeps and tatties with a splash of whisky at one of Scotland's festivals.
    You might get to try traditional haggis, neeps and tatties at one of Scotland's food festivals.
  • Visitors enjoy a dram and a laugh at one of Scotland's celebrations of whisky in Inverness.
    Visitors enjoy a dram and a laugh at one of Scotland's celebrations of whisky in Inverness.
  • Scottish chef Nick Nairn demonstrates his skills at a food festival.
    Scottish chef Nick Nairn demonstrates his skills at a food festival.
  • Whiskies sit on tasting notes ready for sampling at a masterclass, one of the events at the Spirit of Speyside Festival.
    Let whisky take over your senses at a masterclass at the Spirit of Speyside Festival.

There’s no better way to experience a variety of tastes, textures, strengths, and colours than at one of Scotland’s many food and drink-themed festivals. Throughout the year, there are mouthwatering events featuring plenty of local produce in splendid locations across the country, from city parks to picturesque harbours. Here's a slice of what's on offer:

Ballantrae Food Festival

Returning for its second festival next year on 12 June 2016, is the Ballantrae Food Festival. With almost 4000 people attending this year and with hopes to be even more successful next year, it's stalls, fresh local produce and pop-up restaurants offer something for everyone.

Crail Food Festival

The Crail Food Festival takes place in this charming fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife in June. Events centre around the waterfront where you’ll find food markets, cooking demonstrations, foraging walks and entertaining supper and music events with a local flavour. Follow the Crail Food Trail to try special dishes at the local pubs, cafes and restaurants for only a few pounds each.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

The Dundee Flower and Food Festival takes place in September and is always a highlight of the region's events calendar, combining horticulture and food with music, storytelling and much more. The culinary part of the varied three-day programme features cookery demonstrations, talks from professional chefs, baking challenges and many more events to inspire budding cooks and bakers.

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival celebrates the very best of the capital's eateries with dining events, special offers and competitions over two weeks in October. Explore the city on a foodie walking tour, enjoy discounts at markets and delis, or take advantage of great deals to enjoy a sumptuous meal at bars and restaurants across the city.

Flavour Fortnight

Dumfries & Galloway hosts Flavour Fortnight which showcases the very best of the region’s food and drink offerings. Meet the local producers and discover the passion behind local products while taking in the splendid scenery. Bread baking courses, creamery tours, sausage tasting and cider making are just some of the unique events offered as part of the tastiest two weeks of the calendar.

Foodies Festival

Amid all the festivities in Scotland’s capital in August, you’ll find the Foodies Festival. In previous years this has been held over three days in Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park and is packed with international flavours and cuisine from all around the world. There are world-class cooking demos, drinks masterclasses, pop-up restaurants, and loads of delicious things to nibble at. Visit the food stalls and pick up kitchen tips, stock up on quality ingredients or simply enjoy some street food and a drink while soaking up the festival atmosphere.


Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which runs for two weeks each April, GastroFest explores the science of food and drink with a focus on the best Scottish produce. Events include tea parties, tastings, workshops, debates and unique dining experiences, all giving a fascinating insight into the science behind what we eat.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

Held around one of Scotland's most famous lochs, the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival caters to crowds of around 20,000 each September. As well as cookery demonstrations from professional chefs and bakers, tasting sessions and the chance to sample a fantastic range of local produce, this fun two-day festival includes live music, kids’ events and even a haggis eating competition.

North Highlands Children's Food Festival

New for 2015, the North Highlands Children’s Food Festival will take place on 5 – 6 June and will include events for foodies of all ages. Kids and parents alike can find out about the importance of healthy eating, explore possible careers in the food industry and discover the science behind their favourite dishes, not to mention tuck into lots of delicious produce from across Scotland. 

Peebles Food Festival

Discover quality local produce from the beautiful Scottish Borders at the Peebles Food Festival, held over a weekend in October each year. Get ideas for your next dinner party at cookery demonstrations, watch young chefs battle it out in cooking competitions, or sample some of the region’s finest food and drink at the farmers’ market. 

Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland Show’s Food Hall is one of the many highlights of this popular agriculture event, which takes place in Edinburgh over the second-last weekend in June. Get ideas for delicious new dishes with tastings and demonstrations, or browse a fantastic selection of high-quality produce from Scotland and beyond.

Scotland’s Outdoor Festival of Chocolate

Held in Perth in November, Scotland’s Outdoor Festival of Chocolate combines sweets and treats from some of the country’s finest chocolatiers with a host of winter events. Soak up the festive spirit as the town’s Christmas lights are switched on, pick up some tasty stocking fillers, or treat yourself to quality chocolates, truffles and more.

Spirit of Speyside

In May, join in with celebrations of Scotland’s nation drink, whisky or uisge beatha, ‘the water of life’, at the Spirit of Speyside Festival. Taking place in ‘Malt Whisky Country’, a number of events are held in the Speyside region where the highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland can be found. Over the long weekend, join special distillery tours, visit pretty towns, enjoy drams at energetic ceilidhs and explore the great outdoors. There are hundreds of Speyside malts to choose from, why not visit and find your favourite?

St Andrews Food and Drink Festival

The Kingdom of Fife is home to a wealth of wonderful restaurants and food suppliers. Sample locally-sourced game, Scotch lamb, vegetables, beer, whisky, ice cream, cheese and much more at the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival, a two-week festival of tastings, talks and markets held in the historic town each November.