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Scottish food and drink events not to miss this summer

Looking to get the best out of Scotland's Year of Food and Drink? Here's some great events to check out

Published: June 16, 2015
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Scotland's Year of Food and Drink is in full swing and if you feel like you are missing out don't worry we have you covered.

Here's some of the best upcoming events not to miss this summer:

Glasgow Real Ale Festival - Glasgow

(June 25th - 27th, The Briggait,

Held in the stunning Briggait (pictured), historic site of Glasgow’s old fish market, CAMRA's unique brand of beer celebration returns to Glasgow.

Showcasing over 100 beers from the best breweries in Scotland and the rest of the UK, you'll be able to sample a massive range of styles from the palest ales through to the darkest stouts.

Twitter @GlasRealAleFest


The Briggait. Picture: GRAF

Border Union Show - Kelso

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(24th-25th July, Springwood Park, Kelso)

Springwood Park is the beautiful setting for the Border Union Show, Kelso's annual agricultural festival.

The showground, which is adjacent to the world famous Junction Pool of the rivers Tweed and Teviot with a magnificent view of the Abbey and the unique five arch bridge, will host a food fair, retail stands and livestock competitions.


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Savour 2 - Edinburgh

(5th July, Summerhall, Edinburgh)

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"Savour your way around the united flavours of Edinburgh"

Edinburgh's Summerhall (pictured) plays host to a food festival this summer that aims to celebrate Scottish craft producers and brewers. There will be tasting sessions, cocktail mixing and expert talks.


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Picture: Savour 1

Isle of Arran Food And Drink Festival - Arran

(11 July, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran)

The natural evolution of the Blackwaterfoot Beer Festival, the Isle of Arran Food & Drink Festival now showcases not only beer but wine, ciders and real ales. The Festival also places the emphasis on Arran's wonderful produce. So why not come along and try some cheese, oatcakes, tablet, and Arran Dairy Ice Cream.

Sumptuous local sea food freshly prepared in our shore front marquee plus live music throughout the day.

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Fresh west coast mussels. Picture: Kinloch Hotel

Summer Beer & Food Fest – Edinburgh

(August 1st, Stewart Brewing, Edinburgh)

Summer Beer & Food Fest is Edinburgh’s first collaboration festival taking place on Saturday 1st August at Stewart Brewing. Rather than hosting an event by themselves, the local craft brewery wanted to organise a real celebration and as such, have decided to team up with local & likeminded food and drink producers and industry specialists. Emily Gray, Marketing & Communications at Stewart Brewing explains that, “the day will triumph all of the incredible, local and high quality produce that is available in Edinburgh and further afield. It is certainly the biggest scale event that our team have tackled and I imagine the largest food and drink festival to set foot on Midlothian soils”.


Twitter: @StewartBrewing


Craft Beer Rising - Glasgow

(7th August – 9th August,  Drygate Brewery, Glasgow)

Craft Beer Rising and Drygate Brewing Co. partner up for the festival’s first ever appearance in Scotland. Sample 200 beers from over 45 breweries with  live music and DJs also featuring.


Twitter: @craftbeerriseuk

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Banchory Beer Festival Summer 2015 - Banchory

(7th- 9th August, Banchory Scotland)

A chance to enjoy three day festival with drinks, food and great live music.

In attendance will be some excellent street food vendors supplying a variety of tasty treats and an opportunity to sample some some great beers, ciders, gins and Scotland's first rum.

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Arbroath Sea Festival - Arbroath

(15th August, The Harbour, Arbroath)

Arbroath Sea Fest is an annual festival of the Sea held along Arbroath’s seafront and centring around the town’s charming harbour and new marina.

Established in 1997, Sea Fest is a popular celebration of Arbroath’s marvellous maritime heritage, attracting over 30,000 visitors over its two-day duration in August each year.

Home of the Smokie, you'll be spoiled for choice and the massive array of seafood spread across 70-odd stalls along the harbour.


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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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