Popular beer and music festival returns to South Queensferry and it's set to be bigger than ever

After a record breaking first year, Ferry Fest will return to South Queensferry this Saturday (29 June) as the area's largest outdoor beer and music festival.

Published 25th Jun 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Ferry Brewery, the first and only brewery in South Queensferry since 1851, are set to host an even bigger and better Ferry Fest this year, with award-winning breweries serving their beer alongside Ferry Brewery’s own ales.

As the only beer and music festival in the area, showcasing South Queensferry, the royal Burgh of West Lothian, to the whole of Scotland is the driving force behind hosting this kind of event.

Edinburgh-based Brewmaster and Director of Ferry Brewery, Mark explains: “Last year we had visitors from Glasgow, Falkirk, Bo’ness, Livingston, Bathgate, Broxburn, Dunfermline to Glenrothes, Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. Everywhere, you name it.

“To be able to host an event of this scale and attract and bring people together from all over Scotland to South Queensferry is very rewarding.

“We are very excited to be hosting Ferry Fest 19 and hopefully we can see even more faces from places of Scotland afar, ready to share their stories with us over a beer while gazing across one of Scotland’s famous bridges.”

Picture: Ferry Fest

As well as award winning breweries, there will be a prosecco and wine bar, cider and food is due to be served by street food vendors such as GastroGrilla, The Thirsty Pallet and Mimi's Bakehouse.

Entertainment is to be supplied by South Queensferry's Graeme Pearson; band, The Super Moons; and DJ set and entertainment from Envisia.

Children can be kept entertained with face painting, a magician, balloon making and visiting the candy stall.

Mark continues: “We made sure Ferry Fest 19 has a little something for everyone in the family. It was important to us that we encourage a family-friendly, everyone is welcome approach.

“As always we would like to thank everyone in South Queensferry and the surrounding areas. Their backing is the reason a local brewery like us succeeds. It’s important to always support local.”

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After the success and soaring attendance and demand for Ferry Brewery's monthly beer and music event, Ferry Brewery Nights, the team realised there was a demand for a summer festival - and Ferry Fest was born.

Ticket Info

Picture: Ferry Fest

Ferry Fest 19 is taking place at The Ferry Brewery, Bankhead Farm Steading, South Queensferry,

Early-bird tickets have already sold out, but remaining general entry priced at £10 a ticket (12noon entry and first drink free) and VIP entry priced at £15 a ticket (11:15am priority entry, first drink free and a gift bag) are still available to buy. Kids under 10 can attend for free.

Ferry beers available

Ferry brewery beers available for festival:

Ferry Stout

Gold Winner 2017 Scottish Beer Awards – 4.9% ABV dark, smooth easy drinking stout with roasted malts and coffee flavours

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Ferry Witches Brew

Good Winner, 2018 SIBA Regional Awards and Silver Winner 2017 Scottish Beer Awards – 4.5% ABV Reddish Copper Ale with a nicely hopped flavour, wonderful well-balanced Ale


Ferry New England IPA – (New) 6.2% ABV Juicy Fruity Creamy New England IPA, low IBU with brilliant citrus fruit flavours and aromas

3Bridges IPA

4.5% ABV a Hoppy IPA. 3 Grains. 3x Hopped. Strong citrus flavours with a lovely aroma

Ferry Sunshine

(New) 4%ABV golden Pale Weizen, flavours & aromas of banana and cloves with moderate bitterness for a refreshing ale

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Forth Brigg

(New) 6.7% ABV Red IPA with a nice blend of US hops - big on flavour

Ferry Alt

(New) 4.8%ABV well balanced German styled Dark Ale is malty and smooth with some fruity flavours for a clean and crisp taste

Raspberry Gose

7%  Fruit Sour, well balanced Gose enhanced with real raspberry juice for a lovely taste.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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