Pitt Street Market to launch Pittöberfest this month - here's what to expect

Edinburgh's Pitt Street Market is set to celebrate their own version of Oktoberfest with the launch of Pittöberfest.

Published 7th Sep 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Last year Edinburgh’s Pitt Street Market hosted its inaugural version of Oktoberfest, but with this year’s German outing cancelled, the Leith based market will return to celebrate the capital’s own city brewers.

Mirroring a similar model to the Munich event, which features six breweries from that city, the Pitt Street Market Pittöberfest, will feature six from within Edinburgh’s city limits.

Taking place over three weekends from September 18, beer fans can look forward to steins from Barney's Beer and Campervan.

These breweries will provide their own taste of Bavaria with new beers created especially for the event.

Other breweries include New Barns - Scotland’s newest brewery - who will make their Festival debut joining Bellfield, Edinburgh Beer Factory and Pilot to bring a quality taste of home-brewed beer to locals and visitors.

Barney of Barney’s Beer commented: "While the cancellation of beer festivals has been a relatively minor inconvenience in comparison to the difficult times experienced by so many, it is a great feeling to be able to have this event at The Pitt.

"This year, it's going to be particularly special to celebrate and showcase beer from our fellow city brewers and ourselves with the people who enjoy and support what we do.”

What's on the menu?

Street food with a German twist will be available from the likes of Ròst and Barnacles & Bones.

Dishes include beef goulash with sage dumplings, salt grilled crispy quarter chicken, steckerlfisch (fish on a stick ‘n’ chips), pastrami sliders, currywurst and more.

There will also be plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

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In keeping with The Pitt Street Market’s existing safety measures, advance bookings are recommended to ensure visitors get a table.

The capacity has been reduced to accommodate social distancing measures and no busy bar queues with table service instead.

The festival will take place every Friday to Sunday over three weekends of 18-20 September, 25-27 September and 2-4 October.

For more details, visit The Pitt website.

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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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