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

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”.

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Twitter: @StewartBrewing

West End Beer Festival – Glasgow

(31st July – 1st August, Cafe Source Too, Glasgow)

The first annual West End Beer Festival will be held at Cafe Source Too in Hughenden Sports ground at Hillhead Sports Club.

The Event will run in 3 sessions over 2 days and is priced at £6 entry with a discounted price of £4 for members of CAMRA and Hillhead Sports Club!

Featuring some of the most exciting and up and coming breweries in Scotland including Ayr Brewing Co, Jaw Brew, Monolith, Tryst and Fallen, the festival will also feature the Good Spirits Co and  some great cider from David Patterson’s Cider Stall.

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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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Picture: Banchory Beer Festival

Arbroath Sea FestivalArbroath

(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.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/arbroathseafest

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Arbroath Smokies. Picture: Contributed

North Hop – Inverness

(Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd August, Eden Court, Inverness)

North Hop is the Highlands and Islands largest indoor craft beer festival, offering up some of the finest Scottish produce, including over 60 craft beers and ciders, creative cocktails, artisan gins and street food from all over Scotland.

Festival goers will also get the chance to embrace 24 live Scottish music acts taking to the stage over the three festival sessions within the beer hall and the cocktail lounge.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthHop

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Picture: North Hop

Fireworks Dinner – Edinburgh

(Monday 31st August, The Pompadour, Edinburgh)

The Pompadour is hosting a magical dinner for guest before they enjoy the world’s biggest annual fireworks display on the last day of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Fireworks Concert combines music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with a choreographed fireworks display.

The evening begins at 6pm with champagne and canapés in the salon, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. The 6-course bespoke tasting menu, devised by executive chef Fraser Allan, showcases the very best Scottish and French ingredients. Click here to view.

Champagne, canapés, tea and coffee are included for £75, with the option of matched wines for £52. Our sommelier can also help you select a perfect accompaniment to the meal from our extensive wine list on the evening. A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking.

• For more information, or to book, please contact Eilidh Kerr on 0131 222 8945 or Eilidh.Kerr@waldorfastoria.com.

The Pompadour, Edinburgh. Picture: Mitchell MacGregor

The Pompadour, Edinburgh. Picture: Mitchell MacGregor

About The Author

Sean Murphy

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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