Festival season is upon us, but forget T in the Park, we are talking food here.
As soon as the sun puts his hat on (okay okay … I am sure he will soon) it’s time to get out and about in the fresh air and sample the fabulous local produce Scotland has to offer.
Here is a list of just some of the fantastic foodie events going on this summer and beyond. So grab your diary and get planning.
Apologies to my friends south of the border – your events are too many to catalogue!! Maybe these Scottish events will encourage you to pack your weekend bag and take a trip …
I will set up a special events page on the blog so that this information is easily accessible – if you want me to include any festivals that I have missed then let me know and I will add them.
TASTE OF GRAMPIAN 1 JUNE THAINSTONE CENTRE, NEAR ABERDEEN http://www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk
One day event giving you the opportunity to meet local producers and sample the food from Grampians larder. Expect beautiful smoked salmon, creamy fudge, shortbread and much more.
OPEN FARM SUNDAY 9 JUNE http://www.farmsunday.org
This is free and takes place in locations across Scotland. Farms open their doors or should I say gates to allow visitors to experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. So come and feed your senses on Open Farm Sunday. At a farm near you.
This great two-day festival includes an indoor food market, music events, local producers and a lobster shack at the picturesque harbour PLUS wild food walks and foraging. It’s a cracking one to go along to and this blogger has been part of their innovative 2013 blogging project this year (very proud!)
Ok so not a festival but a great thing to do and worthy of a mention on my summer food list. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and homemade scones with clotted cream and Scottish jam served with a pot of coffee or tea aboard a lovingly restored steam train.
FALKLAND FESTIVAL – 17 – 23 JUNE
This festival in the charming village of Falkland includes a family picnic, street fair and tea dance amongst other family fun activities.
Its an institution! I tend to bypass the tractors and the coos and head straight for the food hall where there are almost 100 companies featuring their quality products as well as a line-up of some of Scotland’s top chefs demonstrating their culinary skills. The Highland Show is a fantastic day out (especially if the sun shines)
Calm down I know it’s not actually a food festival BUT it is one of my favourite festivals of the year (not only because it was where I grew up long before there was a sniff of an arts scene). In between seeing the art EAT some food. There is a big tent selling top-notch grub down at the harbour and various fabulous places to hang out for cake and coffee too. Finish your day off with fish and chips from Pittenweem’s chippy. It was always known as the best in Scotland when I was young. Just as good as the now famous Anstruther Fish Bar‘s suppers but without the queues and the price tag.
FOODIES FESTIVAL 9,10,11 AUGUST http://foodiesfestival.com/event/edinburgh-inverleith-park/
Not to be missed! This huge event held in Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park is into its seventh year now and it really is a stonking day out for any foodie. As well as hundreds of stands showcasing fabulous local produce there is a cake and bake theatre, chefs theatre, a children’s cooking theatre, pop up restaurants and so much more. I am hoping they have their little beach in situ again this year and mini grumbling tummy loved it.
CRIEFF BERRY FESTIVAL 10 AUGUST http://crieffberryfestival.co.uk/
I love a berry I do and where best to taste berries than smack in the middle of fruit farm country. This one day event is held in Strathearn at the peak of growing season. As well as a large selection of berry based produce you will find breads, chutneys, baking and more – it’s a good un’.
FLAVOUR FORTNIGHT 31 AUGUST – 15 SEPTEMBER http://www.flavourfortnight.co.uk/
Dumfries & Galloway’s celebration of local food and drink returns on 31st August till 15th September 2013, giving you 16 days of delicious experiences to indulge in. The full programme is not available just yet but keep an eye on the website.
DUNDEE FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL 6 – 8 SEPTEMBER https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/event/42
This is one I definitely shall be attending! This three-day (ticketed) event is Tayside’s top lifestyle event. The Festival offers the best in food, horticulture and live entertainment, with a packed weekend programme including free cookery and gardening demonstrations, children’s activities, a craft fair, live music and TV celebrities. Now what’s not to love about that.
ABERDOUR FESTIVAL JULY 29 – AUGUST 4 http://www.aberdourfestival.org.uk/
This is the second non specifically food festival I have included. I briefly lived in Aberdour and really liked this festival and it does include food – honest. There is a beach day where you can partake of the BBQ whilst watching the fabulous regatta, the great Aberdour Bake Off is a highlight this year and it is always nice to watch people struggle on the Donkey Brae Run whilst you sip on pimms and munch a puddledub burger (hope Puddledub are there this year – they normally are!)
This festival, now in its eighth year promises “tasty trials, sumptuous suppliers, festival fun and interesting information” . 20,000 folk flock to the area for this festival – that in itself speaks volumes. Definitely going into my diary.
SCOTTISH FOOD AND DRINK FORTNIGHT 7 – 22 SEPTEMBER http://www.scottishfoodanddrinkfortnight.co.uk/
A luscious fourteen days celebrating all that is fabulous about Scottish produce. There are tastings and special events across the country so keep an eye out on the website for more details nearer the time.
GOLDEN SPURTLE PORRIDGE MAKING CHAMPIONSHIPS 5 OCTOBER http://www.goldenspurtle.com/
The 20th annual World Porridge Making Championships will take place in the Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge. So good it has to go on the list.
BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW 18 – 20 OCTOBER http://www.bbcgoodfoodshowscotland.com/
Head over to this blinding event at the SECC. Its huge and you should get your elbows at the ready but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It is one of the best places to try and buy the best of Scotland. Gregg Wallace and John Torode are among the celebs there this year which to be honest is enough for me to buy a ticket! I blogged about it last year – have a read.
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