The days are getting longer and ever-so-slightly warmer, which means that festival season will soon be upon us.

With this in mind, we take a look at some of the top food and drink festivals that are making a return to Scotland, starting from next month.

Taste of Grampian

(1 June, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5XZ)

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Picture: John Torode

Tickets: £10

This year’s Taste of Grampian is set to play host to a few famous faces.

Chef and co-host of MasterChef, John Torode will be joined by Spencer Matthews who was a surprise finalist in Celebrity MasterChef last year.

Taste of Grampian is the ultimate foodie experience with demonstrations, tips, expert advice, school competitions and the chance to find independent artisan food producers selling fresh produce.

Visitors can enjoy cookery demonstrations throughout the day, head-to-head school competitions and more than 180 stands, while local musicians entertain the crowds all day.

Mhor Festival

(24-26 May, Monachyle Mhor Farm, Balquhidder, Perthshire,  FK19 8PQ)

Tickets: Day tickets from £15

Taking place over the spring bank holiday weekend, this foodie festival has grown to become a much-loved addition to the spring/summer lineup in Scotland.

Hosted by the owners of Monachyle Mhor Hotel (who also own cool motel Mhor 84), this festival is fun for all the family with a great selection of food and drink, and events such as the annual raft race.

In addition to this, there are also theatre, music and dance events happening all weekend.

Scotland Vegan Festival

(8 March, Hampden Park, Glasgow)

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Picture: Vegan Events Facebook

Tickets: £3

Vegans can tuck into everything from the latest gourmet vegan cheeses, indulgent creamy chocolates to burgers and kebabs at this dedicated festival.

Guests can try before they buy, and sample foods that are so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet.

And as well as food and drink, there will be a range of vegan skincare from brands such as Iuvo Skincare.

Scottish stall holders include: Cool Jerk Vegan Pies, Captain Cakeman from Falkirk, Glasgow’s IZenJuice and Jaw Brew craft beers, Edinburgh’s Mimi’s Bakehouse and Herbivore Kitchen, Go Vegan Scotland, SAGA (Scotland Against Greyhound Abuse), Scotland For Animals, OneKind from Edinburgh, Baby Blue Bee Bunnies from South Lanarkshire, Aberdeen’s Suya Luna Naturals, The Black Cat Soap House from Angus and Lucy Bradley Medical Herbalist from Glasgow.

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

(24-25 May, The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Pl, Edinburgh EH6 5NP)

Tickets: from £40

Scotland’s premier craft beer festival returns to the capital this May with a whole host of brewers, plus street food and live music.

Confirmed brewers so far include Cloudwater, Fierce Beer, The Kernal and Tempest Brew Co.

Tickets include entry, all beer, access all areas and a free tasting glass and programme.

Glasgow Coffee Festival

(4-5 May, The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ)

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Picture: Glasgow Coffee Festival Facebook

Tickets: from £14.98

This caffeine fulled festival is back for a two-day celebration of speciality coffee culture in Scotland.

The weekend will feature coffee exhibitors, cafes, roasters, baristas, masterclasses, workshops, presentations and demonstrations.

As well as this coffee lovers can watch national coffee competitions, enjoy a ‘cupping’ experience, upgrade home barista brewing and espresso kit.

Crail Food Festival

(June, Crail Harbour, Fife, KY10)

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Picture: Crail Food Festival

Tickets: TBC

This popular food festival will return to the Fife village for its ninth year, and although details are set to be announced it is sure to be another seafood spectacular.

Last year the festival announced a new format and festival hub.

It set over three key venues – the harbour, the cookery theatre and the Beech Walk Park – where festival-goers enjoyed chefs’ workshops, live music, cookery demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Edinburgh Foodies Festival

(2-4 August, Inverleith Park, Arboretum Road, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ)

Tickets: from £29

Returning to Inverleith Park, this year’s popular Foodies Festival will include live music, workshops, masterclasses and top chefs.

With a chef’s theatre, kids cookery school and a luxury VIP tent there’s fun for all the family including the dog, who can come along on a short lead.

Fyne Fest

(31 May-3 June, Fyne Ales, Achadunan, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BJ)

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Picture: Fyne Ales Facebook

Tickets: from £19.50

Set up in 2010 by the Fyne Ales team as a small beer, music and local food festival, Fynefest has celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer.

Celebrating Scottish produce, the award-winning festival takes place in the Fyne Ales brewery estate and this year will play host many fine producers such as Loch Fyne Oysters, Truckle and Loaf, Highland Hog Roast and Fox Hat.

The festival will also serve over 200 different beers, a range of ciders at mini bars and cocktails in the Brewer’s Bar and Cocktail Lounge.

Live music is also a big part of the festival, and a range of bands playing an eclectic mix of music will be on stage from the Friday night.

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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