Starting from this weekend, we take a look at 5 of the most exciting food festivals coming to Scotland

Scottish Street Food Festival, Riverside Museum, Glasgow

20th-21st May, 11am-10pm, free admission

Picture: Scottish Street Food Festival Facebook

The first ever Scottish street food festival launches in Glasgow this weekend, where we hope the sun will still be shining.

Vendors range from Firedog, Nomad Wood Fire Pizza, Julie’s Kopitiam, Street Food Putter Club and The Crema Caravan to Martha’s (healthy Scottish produce), Bowl Food and Fresh Revolution.

One of the brains behind the festival, Head Chef of A’Challtainn Garry Gill, will host a pop up of the restaurant inside a shipping container.

Those in search of a beverage will enjoy the range of cocktails, wines and craft beers as well as the Coors Light Ice Cave (pre-booking required).

 

FyneFest, Loch Fyne, Argyll

2nd-4th June, 10am-6pm, £60 for the full weekend

Picture: Fynefest Twitter

Set up in 2010 by the Fyne Ales team as a small beer, music and local food festival, Fynefest has grown over the years from 350 visitors in the early days to over 2000 to date.

Celebrating Scottish produce, the festival takes place in the fields adjacent to the brewery and this year will play host many fine producers such as Loch Fyne Oysters, Winston Churchill Venison, Homeground Coffee and The Real Mackay Stovie Co.

The festival will also serve over 200 different beers in the Courtyard Bar and Brewery Tap Room and Brewer’s Bar and Cocktail Lounge.

For those looking to soak up the beautiful scenery, a drink can be enjoyed at the Walker’s Bar located an hour’s walk up Glen Fyne in an old bothy. This year also sees the addition of the Half Pint Bar, located at the halfway point on route to the Walker’s Bar.

Live music is also a big part of the festival, and a range of bands playing an eclectic mix of music will be on stage from the Friday night.

Mhor Festival, Monachyle Mhor Farm, Balquhidder

26th-28th May, from 3pm on 26th, £20 per day or £75 for weekend camping

Picture: Mhor Festival Facebook

Taking place over the spring bank holiday weekend, this foodie festival has grown to become a much-loved addition to the spring/summer lineup in Scotland.

Hosted by the owners of Monachyle Mhor Hotel (who also own cool motel Mhor 84), this festival is fun for all the family with a great selection of food, drink, events such as the annual raft race, theatre, music and dance.

Whilst the whole festival is a food-lovers haven, it’s the Friday night that goes all out. For the first time the festival sees an all female chef line up for the coveted 5-course Mhor Feast (pre-booking essential).

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

4th-6th August, 11am-6pm, £14 per day or £20 for three days

Picture: Foodies Festival Facebook

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, is set to return to Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park this summer. This year visitors can look forward to live cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, new food and drink theatres, a Street Food Village, artisan produce, baking masterclasses, a drinks theatre and a chic VIP area designed by cool interiors and lifestyle shop, Anthropology.

Celebrity names include MasterChef Winner 2016 Jane Devonshire, Great British Bake Off Judge Prue Leith, Great British Menu Scotland Representative Michael Bremner, Michelin starred chefs Brian Grigor and Marcello Tully and acclaimed local chefs Mark Greenaway, Neil Forbes and Fraser Allen.

For the first time the Foodie Fest will include yoga classes, meditation, mindfulness, talks and cooking demonstrations as part of the healthy living theme.

Taste of Grampian, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie

3rd June, 9.30am-5pm, £5 entry for adults

Picture: Taste of Grampian Facebook

This popular, one-day festival is back and offers visitors the chance to sample the best food and drink that the North East of Scotland has to offer.

New for this year is a street food area, where visitors can purchase dishes made from local produce, at each stall. There is also a Brewfest area with beer garden for sampling beers, wine, gin and whisky, and a fresh seafood marketplace.

Celebrity chefs include TV favourite James Martin, Lady Claire Macdonald OBE, owner of Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel on the Isle of Skye and head chef of Moonfish Cafe in Aberdeen, Brian McLeish, who starred in Masterchef: The Professionals.

As well as food and celebrity chef demonstrations, the festival programme also includes live music, street performers, the Press and Journal motor show, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, cookery competitions and demonstrations, making this an ideal family day out.

 

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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