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Scottish Food and Drink events not to miss this October

Looking to get the best out of Scotland's Year of Food and Drink? Here are some great Scottish food and drink events not to miss this October

Published: September 29, 2015
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Edinburgh Coffee Festival - Edinburgh

Saturday 3 October

(Mansfield Traquair, 15 Mansfield Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6BB)


The one day event, to be held at Mansfield Traquair, will play host to demonstrations, live music and an extensive list of vendors, including Pinnies & Poppy Seeds, a small batch bakery based in Edinburgh, The Really Good Fudge Company and Edinburgh’s own coffee experts, Artisan Roast.

Welcoming novices and more experienced coffee lovers alike, guests at the festival will also have the opportunity to learn from the experts in a series of interactive workshops, tastings and demonstrations.

Ayrshire Real Ale Festival - Troon

Thurs 1 October to Sat 3 Oct 2015

Day in the Life: Emma Airley, co-owner of Glasgow's Pasteis Lisboa

(Troon Concert Hall, South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6EF)

The 16th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival will be held from Thursday 1st- Saturday 3rd October 2015, in Troon Concert Hall.

This year will see the return of the popular Champion's Bar as well as a second bar featuring beers from islands around the UK – the Island Bar.

Leith becomes a hot spot for new cake, bread and pastry shops

The Tutored Tasting session on will also be returning Friday afternoon at 5pm. For more info and a sign-up form, check out the Tutored Tasting page. Be warned though spaces are very limited.

All of this and 125 beers, plus real cider and perry, as well as a commemorative glass and programme being included in the price.

Balmaha's Braw Weekend - Loch Lomond

Saturday 3rd October to Sunday 4th October

Scottish Gin Awards 2022 finalists revealed – did your favourite make the list?

(Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Glasgow, G63 0JQ)

Picture: BBW

Picture: BBW

Balmaha’s Braw Weekend will be held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October in a large field behind the Oak Tree Inn. The event will start each day at 11am; the daytime will feature family fun and entertainment while on the Saturday night there will be a real ale, whisky, beer and music festival.

To celebrate the 150thanniversary of Alice in Wonderland St Mocha Coffee Shop will be hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party on a vintage bus with views over the loch. A children’s tea party served by the characters from the story.

The Golden Spurtle - World Porridge Making Championship - Carrbridge

Saturday, October 10th

(Carrbridge Village Hall, Main Street, Carrbridge, Inverness-Shire, PH23 3AJ)

Dr Izhar Khan, 2014 Winner – Photo: Fergus Thom

Dr Izhar Khan, 2014 Winner. Picture: Fergus Thom

The 22nd annual World Porridge Making Championships takes place in the Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge in Cairngorms National Park on Saturday 10th October 2015.

Created in conjunction with the charity Mary's Meals, the event draws competitors from around the globe to compete for the coveted Golden Spurtle trophy and title of “World Porridge Making Champion.” It also celebrates the diversity of porridge through a speciality section.

You can find some of the recipes previous winners have used here. 

Food & Fiddle Fortnight 2015 -Aberdeen

2nd October to 18th October

(Various Venues across Aberdeenshire)

This festival will showcase the wealth of natural musical talent and stunning local produce available the length and breadth of Royal Deeside.

There's lots going on to see and do including food demonstrations, live music, song & dance, farmers markets, fiddle workshops, cookery classes and so much more. So come join us to sample the fine food and drink, take part in a workshop or activity, or even take a birl around the dance floor.

Glasgow Coffee Festival - Glasgow

Sat 17th October

(The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow)

Picture: GCF

Picture: GCF

With the success of the coffee festival in Edinburgh, this event in Glasgow is sure to be another big hit for coffee lovers.

The second 'GLASGOW COFFEE FESTIVAL' produced by Dear Green Coffee Roasters will be held at the Briggait and will play host to the UK Coffee Roasting Championship sanctioned by the SCAE (Speciality Coffee Association of Europe).

Prepare your palate and expect a sensory journey of flavours, aromas, masterclasses, presentations, film, art and competitions all of a caffeinated nature!

Edinburgh Street Feastival - Edinburgh

Friday 16th October to Sunday 18th October

(St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2 Edinburgh)

Picture: offKILTR

Picture: offKILTR

The hugely successful Street Feastival arrives in the capital bringing three days of great food, lively music and the spirit of community.

The Edinburgh Street Feastival is a free entry event, family friendly, and welcome to all. Showcasing food from vendors like Element, George Street Bar & Grill, La Tasca and The Rosehip, as well as music from Sneaky Pete's and the Bongo Club. 

Definite one for the foodies!

Angus Brewfest - Angus

Sat 17th October 

(Strathmore Hall, Forfar, John Street, Angus DD8 3EZ)

Picture: Angus Brewfest

Picture: Angus Brewfest

This year, Angus Farmers market presents the exciting new 'Angus Brewfest' beer and drinks festival as a celebration of Scotland's brilliant independent Scottish brewers and distillers. 

The festival will offer visitors the chance to taste and enjoy a vast selection of different beers & drinks from local and Scottish producers and brewers including Eden Brewery & Distillery, Thistly Cross Cider, Kirrie Ales, Mor Brewery and Brewdog.

 There will also be live music, entertainment and tasty food from local providers and producers.

Gin Festival 2015 - Edinburgh

23rd October - 24th October 

(Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH14 1RJ)


Picture: Gin

With over 100 different gins being showcase this is the go to event for any Scottish gin fan. On arrival you'll receive a free glass and brochure and be given the chance to buy drink tokens.

Throughout the evening there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts, food available to buy and lot's of chit chat with other gin lovers alike. If your new to gin don't worry, the friendly staff on hand will recommend some to get you going.

Cake & Bake Show Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November 

(The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, Midlothian, EH28 8NB)


Picture: Cake and Bake Show

If the Great British Bake Off helped whet your appetite for baking then this is the event for you. With live bake-offs, skills classes and demonstrations by renowned star bakers as well as book-signings, hundreds of exhibitors, display tables, classrooms, any baking fan is sure to have a great day out.

The Show will also see many celebrity bakers as well as the Great British Bake Off Live, with contestants from this year's show as well as past stars. Guest appearances will include Gregg Wallace, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner and Éric Lanlard.

Edinburgh Restaurant Festival - Edinburgh

8th October to 18th October

(Various venues across the capital)

Picture: Jon Savage

Picture: Jon Savage

Over ten days (8-18 October), the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival will offer plenty for food lovers to sink their teeth into with over thirty of the capital’s most-loved restaurants offering irresistible three course lunches for £15 and three course dinners for just £25.

From city favourites, Contini Cannonball, Kyloe, Cucina and Fisher’s in the City to recently launched No.8 Lister Square and Acanthus there is something for every culinary palate.

Kirkcudbright Food Festival - Kirkcudbright

Sunday October 25th

(Kirkcudbright Parish Church, St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4DN)

Poster Food Festival Chefs KFS

“FourChefs, One Venue, One Day”.

The Festival is bringing together some of the country’s finest chefs including Tony Singh and Martin Avey for one of the biggest cooking demonstrations in Scotland this year.

StrEAT Glasgow: Spook Feast - Glasgow

Saturday 31st October

(141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Picture: strEAT

Picture: strEAT

strEATery is returning to The Briggait on the 31st October for a spooktacular feast, following on from the success of their September launch, the event has been expanded to fit even more Street food vendors.

Regulars such as Babu Street Kitchen, Mighty Mexican and Firebird Alfresco will be in attendance alongside newer vendors like Harajuku Kitchen and Alplings.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy some of the best Scottish food and drink events this month has to offer.

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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