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

Let’s Eat Glasgow – Glasgow

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September

(SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Finnieston, Glasgow)

Scotland’s first restaurant festival and pop-up market, Let’s Eat Glasgow! is expected to be a colourful celebration of great food, bringing the very best food and drink from Glasgow and across the west of Scotland into the heart of the city.

The free-to-enter fiesta, taking place at SWG3 this weekend, is the first event staged by the new Real Food, Real Folk co-operative which brings together top Glasgow restaurants: Cail Bruich, The Crabshakk, The Gannet, Guy’s, Mother India, Ox and Finch, Stravaigin and the Ubiquitous Chip.

The chefs at Real Food, Real Folk have founded the not-for-profit co-operative to promote Glasgow’s diverse food scene as one to rival the likes of New York, Tokyo, Barcelona and London and to help raise debate about, and help tackle, the poor nutrition and food awareness prevalent across some areas of the city.

As well as coming together to serve food for a fiver under one roof at SWG3, members of Real Food, Real Folk have assembled a fantastic array of food and drink producers from across the west of Scotland and will showcase some of the city’s most innovative social enterprises who are raising nutrition awareness across Glasgow.

Jacqueline O’Donnell, chef/patron of The Sisters restaurants, and actors Alex Norton and Gavin Mitchell, will be amongst the guest chefs and amateur cooks taking part in the lively and inspirational demonstration programme.

Live music will play throughout the weekend with a set by Glasgow ska band The Partick Monkeys getting everyone jumping for the 6pm–8pm slot on Saturday when the restaurants will stay open serving their food for a fiver.

Any funds raised through Let’s Eat Glasgow! will go into the Real Food, Real Folk co-operative’s community outreach programme which currently includes work with Spirit Aid, an initiative teaching schoolchildren how to cook at an afterschool club in the city.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival – Balloch 

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September

(Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, West Dunbartonshire)

Picture: Loch Lomond Shores

Picture: Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of great food and drink set to the backdrop of the jaw-dropping vista of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, it is an annual festival that brings together tastes from all around the local area of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and all around the UK as well as specialities from across the world.

2015 is both the Year of Food & Drink in Scotland and the 10th Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival, with the largest number of suppliers from all over Scotland, and around the World, ever to hit the banks of Loch Lomond.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival – Dundee

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September

(Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Rd, Dundee)

Dundee Flower and Food Festival. Picture: Visit Scotland

Dundee Flower and Food Festival. Picture: Visit Scotland

Celebrity chefs including Greg Wallace and Tony Singh will be in attendance for the annual Dundee Flower and Festival. As well as the usual flower and vegetable competitions, this year Scotland’s food and drink celebrations will see more demos, talks and food and drink stalls in attendance.

Cehfs from some of Scotland’s best restaurants will be in attendance and there will be the usual fun of the Dundee cake and Scotch Broth competitions. Definitely one for the family to enjoy.

From Thursday 27 August tickets are available, in person, from Dundee City Box Office until Saturday 5 September, 1.30pm at the following normal prices:

• Day Ticket: £12 Adult, £11 Concession  |  3-Day Ticket: £24 Adult, £22 Concession

• Accompanied Children under the age of 16 years are admitted Free

Tickets are now available from: Dundee Box Office – Tel: 01382 434940 / 434941

Craft Beer Rising – Glasgow

Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September

(Drygate Brewery, Duke Street, Glasgow)

Craft Beer Rising at Drygate. Picture: Craft Beer Rising

Craft Beer Rising at Drygate. Picture: Craft Beer Rising

Craft Beer Rising and Drygate Brewing Co. partner up for the festival’s first ever appearance in Scotland. Sample 200 beers from over 45 breweries with  live music and DJs also featuring.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CraftBeerRising

Twitter: @craftbeerriseuk

Fork ‘n’ Ale – Stirling

Friday 11th September to Saturday 12th September

(Cross Keys, Main Street, Kippen, Stirling)

Picture: Cross Keys

Picture: Cross Keys

Held at one of the oldest inns in Stirling, the Cross Keys, Fork ‘n’ Ale is a doorstep festival in the village of Kippen, only 15 minutes from Stirling featuring food, ales, wine, DJs’, live music and entertainment for the kids.

The festival is a free event, though there maybe be a small charge for the Barbecue.

Highland Natural Larder – Invergarry

Saturday 26th September

(Secret Location, Invergarry, Inverness-Shire)

Explore the treasures hidden under every leaf and around the next corner and experience the culinary delights of The Highlands’ natural larder. Discover how to find, harvest, prepare and cook wild foods and mushrooms. Booking essential.

Fungi Foray – Aberdeenshire

Sunday 27th September

(Muir Of Dinnet Nature Reserve, Burn O’ Vat Visitor Centre, Dinnet, By Ballater, Aberdeenshire)

Muir of Dinnet. Picture: Geograph

Muir of Dinnet. Picture: Geograph

Join expert mycologist Liz Holden for a guided walk to explore the fascinating fungi found at Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve. Discover some weird and wonderful facts about the wealth of fungi that makes Dinnet its home. Booking essential – only 20 places. All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bowfest 2015 – Inveraray

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September

(Inveraray Castle, Cherrypark, Inveraray, Argyll)

Picture: Inveraray Castle

Picture: Inveraray Castle

With music from the Peatbog Faeries, Skipinnish and Skerryvore, cooking demonstrations and award winning food galore all set within the stunning surroundings of Inveraray Castle, you can’t go wrong with Best of the West Festival.

On offer will be award winning Food from Argyll Group, Fyne Ales and the George Hotel cocktail bar as well as west coast distilleries like Oban, Springbank, Talisker and Laphroiag.

Ooshka Festival – Glasgow

Saturday 12th September

(Glasgow’s Tall Ship, Pointhouse Place, Glasgow)

Picture: Ooshka

Picture: Ooshka

Ooshka is a brand new festival that aims to showcase and celebrate the beers and spirits of Scotland through tastings, master-classes and interactive workshops. With many of Scotland’s whisky festivals being dominated by trade professionals, Ooshka will introduce a new generation of people to the brilliant well known, and up & coming brands from our home country.

From whisky, beer, and cider, to gin, vodka and even rum, you are sure to find something for your palate whilst learning a little bit more about each brand.

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.

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