Scottish food and drink events not to miss this January

Here are some of the best Scottish food and drink events not to miss this January

Published 6th Jan 2016
Updated 8 th Jan 2016

Meet the Edible Gardening Team - Edinburgh 

11 — 12 January 


(Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ)

This January, take a look around the Botanic's productive garden with the Edible Gardening Project volunteers. Find out what jobs need doing in your own garden now and have your vegetable growing questions answered.

The Gardner's Kitchen - Edinburgh 

23rd January

(Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ)

Gather round the kitchen table for cookery demonstrations of seasonal recipes. This is a free event but it is advised that you book in advance.

Big Burns Supper Festival - Dumfries

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22nd – 30th January

Various venues across Dumfries


Now in its fourth year, the contemporary celebration that takes place in Dumfries has become a nine day event featuring a varied programme ranging from the popular street parade, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and contemporary performance.

Burns’ Birthday - Mauchline

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23 and 24 January

(Burns House Museum, Castle Street, Mauchline, East Ayrshire
KA5 5BZ)

Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline is a new, cultural event with the opportunity to see Mauchline come to life with characters from the past including Racer Jess, Jean Armour and Reverend William Auld.

Free Saturday and Sunday events will host family-orientated activities such as storytelling, music, craft making and traditional food while a ticketed Saturday evening event in Mauchline Parish Church Hall will feature Burnsong performers and music.

Big Burns Stramash, Inverness

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23 January

(Eden's Court, Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA)

The Big Burns Stramash at the Eden Court Theatre will be a full day of events on 23 January celebrating the work of Robert Burns and focusing on well-known poem Tam O’ Shanter.

Throughout the day Eden Court will host workshops for families, performances and screenings of the Stramashup! film. An outdoor procession led by the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band will be rounded off with two evening ceilidhs; the Wee Burns Ceilidh in early afternoon, and the Big Burns Ceilidh later in the evening.

Burns Fest at the Storytelling Centre - Edinburgh

21 January – 6 February

(Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,EH1 1SR)

From 21 January – 6 February, the Scottish Storytelling Centre will pay homage to Robert Burns with eight events celebrating his work, life and legacy. The events include live storytelling, music, workshops, children’s events and, of course, a traditional Burns Supper with a storytelling twist, all in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

A Truly Revolutionary Vegan Burns Supper 2016 - Ayr

25 January

(Brig o' Doon House Hotel, High Maybole Road, Ayr, KA7 4EB)

Picture: Peter Devlin

The main course will include vegetarian haggis Picture: Peter Devlin

We think it will be a big year for vegetarian and vegan cuisine and we weren't surprised to see this, the first fully formal and Vegan Robert Burns supper of its kind in the World, announced for Burns Birthplace of Alloway, in Scotland.

Food from Thought - Edinburgh 

28th January

(Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)

Something Clarkston

If food innovation whets your appetite, then join companies and academics as they give their insights into future trends in this sector, from technologies to resource efficiency.
Hear from food and drink companies which have made innovation key to their strategic success, and meet Scottish universities showcasing their technologies and expertise.
Interface Food & Drink have organised this free event on Thursday, 28 January at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Booking advised.
• More information and to register:

Craft Distillers Event - Edinburgh

28th January 

(The Queens Arms, 49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP, 0131 225 1045)


An exciting opportunity to meet some of the finest craft distillers in the country and sample their products. Whilst the triumvirate of whisky, gin and vodka will be well represented at the event, there will also be liqueurs and even a rum to try created from distilleries up and down the length of the country.

Tickets cost £5pp and this will entitle the ticket holder to one drink from the bar (limited to the attending distillers’ products) and canapés throughout the evening, as well as the opportunity to sample any of the spirits on offer.

The distilleries attending will include: Edinburgh Gin; Strathleven Distillers; Strathearn Distillery; Fraiser Liqueur; Electric Spirit Gin; Dark Matter Distillers; Crossbill Gin.

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