Leith Chill Fest celebrates another successful year with £600 raised for charity partner

With another successful year under its belt, Leith Chill Fest organisers have announced that the popular cocktail festival has raised £600 for a local charity. 

Published 2nd Oct 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Celebrating its success with charity partner, The Junction, the sales of the Chill Fest wristbands and t-shirts will now see the money donated back to the local community.

This year’s festival saw eighteen bars across EH6 taking part, each serving up a unique signature cocktail with a distinct Leith-inspired flavour.

Wristband-holders could then enjoy the signature cocktails for just £5, sipping their way around all the best bars in the area. The vibrant month-long celebration of Leith’s thriving bar scene transformed the neighbourhood into a chilled-out cocktail community, at the same time as supporting a local charity.

The Junction were chosen as Chill Fest’s 2019 charity partner due to its "fantastic work" within the local area.

Supporting the health and well-being of young people in North East Edinburgh, The Junction is a safe, friendly, confidential centre which provides education and support for those aged 12 to 21.

Co-ordinated by Anna Christopherson, owner of the Boda Bar Group, Chill Fest Leith aims to showcase Leith as a vibrant community destination, and encourages both residents and visitors to support local businesses.

The money raised by Chill Fest will go towards helping The Junction continue their vital work with Leith’s young people, from counselling and one-to-one support to drop-in sessions and educational events.

Vicki Watson, fundraiser at The Junction said: “We are chuffed to bits with Leith Chill Fest’s generous donation. We are so proud to have been chosen as this year’s charity partner, and it’s great to see Leith coming together as a community through events like this.

"The money raised through Chill Fest will help us to continue to offer vital services, helping young people to learn to help themselves and reach their full potential, which in turn has a positive effect on our community.”

Anna Christopherson, co-ordinator of Leith Chill Fest added: “It has been wonderful to see Leith’s bars so busy and buzzing throughout Chill Fest, and I’m delighted that The Junction are benefitting from our fundraising efforts.

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"It’s such a worthy cause, and I’d like to say thank you to all our participating bars and Chill Fest customers for helping us to raise a total of £600 this year.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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