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Food and Drink Festivals

Food and Drink Festivals in Scotland in 2024

Scotland is renowned for its food and drink. We have more than just haggis, porridge and whisky to offer visitors, but there are festivals for all those delicacies.

Highland Games and agricultural shows are also great opportunities to savour local produce. You may also be interested in our list of farmers' markets in Scotland where you can sample local produce. Please check with event organisers if you are intending to travel specifically for an event.

JANUARY / FEBRUARY / MARCH

Inverness and Loch Ness Food and Drink Fortnight 
29 January - 12 February 2024 
New event for 2024 showcasing Highland produce. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Inverness: Ardmeanach House and Inverness House

Fife Whisky Festival   
1 - 3 March 2024, Cupar   
Based in the Cupar Corn Exchange, the Fife Whisky Festival brings together over 30 different exhibitors. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Fife

Fife Food & Drink Week 
9 - 17 March 2024 
Brand new event for 2024. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Fife

Highland Shortbread Showdown 
17 March 2024, Inverness 
Grand final of this year's competition at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Inverness: Ardmeanach House and Inverness House

APRIL

Clackmannanshire's Whisky Festival 
5 - 6 April 2024 
Event held in Alloa Town Hall with a choice of 2 sessions.

Springfest 
6 - 7 April 2024, Loch Lomond 
Family friendly foodie event with street food, cooking demos and kids entertainment.

Scottish Vegan Festival   
7 April 2024, Edinburgh   
Charity event at the Assembly Rooms with stalls, talks, food and drink.

MAY

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival   
1 - 6 May 2024, various venues   
A celebration of Speyside's many whisky distilleries with tours, tastings, talks, live music and much more.

Perth Beer Festival   
10 - 11 May 2024, Perth   
Comedy night, Perth Beer Festival, Rugby sevens and Gin Bar 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Taste of Nairn   
10 - 12 May 2024 
Celebrating local food and drink in the seaside resort of Nairn in the Highlands. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Inverness: Ardmeanach House and Inverness House

Fife Show   
18 May 2024, Kinloss House near Cupar   
A great day out for all the family with events including pedigree cattle, sheep, poultry, wild fowl, heavy horse breeds, show jumping, game fair. Demonstrations of falconry, ferret racing, gun dogs and angling. Pet show, countryside tent with fun activities. Cookery theatre with demonstrations. Food and Drink marquee by Fife's speciality producers. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Fife

World Whisky Day   
18 May 2024 
Events across the globe every year on the third Saturday in May.

Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair   
19 May 2024 near Fochabers in Moray   
Events all weekend. Vintage Village, music, local food producers, unique crafts and gifts, gun dogs, terrier racing, falconry displays, rare breeds, Clydesdale horses, and racing pigs.

Knockengorroch World Ceilidh   
23 - 26 May 2024 
An outdoor music festival in Dumfries & Galloway

Eat & Drink Festival   
24 - 27 May 2024, Glasgow Scotland's favourite food festival at the SEC Glasgow.

Islay Festival Of Music And Malt   
24 May - 1 June 2024 
Enjoy traditional music, ceilidhs, whisky tasting and more.

Blackford Highland Games   
25 May 2024 
Near Gleneagles and Auchterarder in Perthshire 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Drymen Agricultural Show   
25 May 2024, Drymen, Loch Lomond

JUNE

Fyne Fest   
31 May - 2 June 2024, Loch Fyne, Argyll   
Beer, food and music - what more could you ask for! 
Stay at Douglas Park Guest House in Dunoon

Taste of Grampian   
1 June 2024, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire   
Food and drink family-friendly festival in the north east of Scotland with the emphasis on local produce.

Beltie Beer Festival   
tbc early June 2024, Dumfries   
Family friendly event at Park Farm.

Angus Show   
8 June 2024 at Brechin.   
Annual agricultural show with live stock, fun fair, trade stands, craft marquee, horse and hound, tractor pulling, dancing displays, pipe bands and lots more. 
Stay at Newton Farm Holidays B&B near Forfar

Great British Food Festival   
15 - 16 June 2024 
Huge event at Dalkeith country park near Edinburgh with Artisan Market, street food and bars, chef demos, live music, crafts and gifts, etc.

Glasgow Real Ale Festival   
tbc mid June 2024 
Organised by CAMRA at The Briggait in the city's Merchant City area.

Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink   
tbc mid June 2024, South Ayrshire 
Stay at Ayrs & Graces B&B

Crail Food Festival   
tbc mid June 2024, Fife   
A highlight on Scotland's foodie calendar with local produce, demonstrations, stalls, etc. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Fife

Royal Highland Show   
20 - 23 June 2024 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.   
Annual agricultural show with arena attractions, Scottish food exhibition, pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair and much more. 
Stay at Arden Country House near Linlithgow

JULY

The Scottish Game Fair   
5 - 7 July 2024 
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Doune and Dunblane Show   
6 July 2024 
Annual agricultural show in Perthshire 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Dundee Food Festival – Eat.Drink.Play.Think! 
6 - 7 July 2024 
A new food and drink festival at various venues around Dundee including the waterfront. 
Stay at Newton Farm Holidays B&B near Forfar

SummerFest 
6 - 7 July 2024, Loch Lomond 
Family friendly event with market stalls, street food and entertainment.

Kirriemuir Agricultural Show   
13 July 2024, Kirriemuir, Angus 
Stay at Newton Farm Holidays B&B near Forfar

Kirkcudbright Country Fair   
tbc mid July 2024, Dumfries & Galloway   
Spectacular programme of events with guest performers and display teams at one of the region's major annual events.

The Craft Spirit Show: The Ultimate Gin, Rum and Vodka Festival 
16 and 17 August 2024 
Perth Concert Perth Theatre and Concert Hall 
Tastings, masterclasses and workshops.

Sutherland County Show   
20 July 2024, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands 
Stay at White Rose Tower near Invergordon 

Border Union Show   
26 - 27 July 2024, Kelso   
Annual agricultural show and equestrian event in the Scottish Borders 
Stay at Mill House M&B in the Borders

Glamis Country Fair & Horse Trials    
tbc 27 July 2024 
This huge event is held in the grounds of historic Glamis Castle in Angus. 
Stay at Newton Farm Holidays B&B near Forfar

Nairn Show   
27 July 2024 
Livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn, near Nairn. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Inverness: Ardmeanach House and Inverness House

Edinburgh Food Festival   
tbc late July 2024, George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Stranraer Show   
31 July 2024 
Annual agricultural show.

AUGUST

Black Isle Show   
1 August 2024 near Muir of Ord, just north of Inverness.   
This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, 'On the Farm' exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing. 
Stay with our B&Bs in the Highlands

Moy Country Fair 
2 - 3 August 2024, Highlands 
Annual field sports activities event on the Moy Estate located between Aviemore and Inverness. Stalls, cookery demos, children's entertainment, birds of prey demonstration, gundog handling demonstrations, pets parade, freestyle mountain bike stunt team and much more.

Perth Show   
2 - 3 August 2024 
A great day out in Perth for all the family including the Grand Parade of Livestock, local artisan crafts, Perthshire on a Plate with celebrity and local chefs, entertainment, trade stalls and much more. 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Foodies Festival   
2 - 4 August 2024, Edinburgh   
The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Edinburgh's Inverleith Park.

Dumfries Show   
3 August 2024 
Annual agricultural show.

Skye Agricultural Show   
3 August 2024, Portree, Isle of Skye 
Stay with our B&Bs on Skye: Strathgorm B&B and Cuil Lodge B&B

Lorn Agricultural Show    
tbc 3 August 2024, Benderloch near Oban

Turriff Show   
4 - 5 August 2024, Turriff, Aberdeenshire   
This large agricultural show in the north east of Scotland is a great day out for the whole family including one of the largest vintage and classic vehicle displays in Scotland, as well as the pageant, dog show, Pony carriage driving, showjumping, cattle show, sheep show, pipe band, Highland dancing, and much more.

Grantown Show   
tbc 8 August 2024, Grantown-on-Spey   
An agricultural show with livestock (including Highland Cows), food stands, farmers’ market, tractors and much more. A great day out for all the family.

Mid Argyll Show    
10 August 2024, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll 
Stay at Douglas Park Guest House in Dunoon

Galloway Country Fair 
10 - 11 August 2024 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

Black Isle Food and Drink Festival 
23 - 24 August 
Meet Sarah Rankin Masterchef finalist on 23rd August for chef demo, chat and book signing in Findon Hall, Culbokie (near Inverness). Then enjoy stalls showcasing local produce on Saturday 24th August (12 noon - 4pm). 
Stay with our B&Bs in Inverness: Ardmeanach House and Inverness House

Lochaber Agricultural Show   
24 August 2024, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William

Moffat Show   
31 August 2024 
Annual agricultural show in Dumfries and Galloway.

SEPTEMBER

Paws at the Palace 
1 September 2024 
Scone Palace, Perth 
Lots of stalls, games and more in the grounds of historic Scone Palace.

Spirit of Speyside Distilled Food & Drink   
6 - 7 September 2024, Elgin   
A celebration of Speyside food and drink.

Dalmally Agricultural Show   
7 September 2024 
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival 
7 - 8 September 2024, Loch Lomond Shores 
Cooking demos, whisky & gin tasting sessions, stalls and more.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight   
tbc 7 - 21 September 2024 
Variety of events across Scotland.

Arran Festival of Food & Drink   
11 - 22 September 2024 
Discover local produce on the Isle of Arran in this annual festival with special events in multiple venues.

Great Perthshire Food & Drink Festival   
September 2024 
Stay with our B&Bs in Perthshire

Stranraer Oyster Festival   
13 - 15 September 2024 
Celebrating this area's coastal heritage, its people and its local produce.

Highland Whisky Festival 
tbc September 2024 
Various venues across the north of Scotland.

OCTOBER

Edinburgh's Whisky Festival 
5 October 2024 
Event held at Murrayfield Stadium with a choice of 2 sessions.

World Porridge Making Championship   
5 October 2024, Carrbridge, Cairngorms   
Keen amateur and professional chefs compete for the title of world porridge making champion.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week   
11 - 20 October 2024 
With a dedicated Cocktail Village at Festival Square in Edinburgh.

The Dramathon   
19 October 2024, Speyside   
Choose to enter the marathon, half marathon, 10K or relay race. The marathon route follows the Speyside Way from Glenfarclas distillery to Glenfiddich distillery. You can pick up the corresponding miniatures at the end of the race.

Kirkcudbright Food Festival   
tbc late October 2024, Dumfries & Galloway   
Food and drink from local producers including street food, cooking demonstrations, market and more.

Stirling SpiritFest 
25 October - 3 November 2024, Stirling 
Various events featuring Gin and Whisky.

Stirling Gin Festival 
26 October 2024, Stirling

 

Dornoch Whisky Festival   
25 - 27 October 2024, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands 
Stay at White Rose Tower near Invergordon 

NOVEMBER

Stirling Whisky Festival 
2 November 2024, Stirling Rugby Club

Glasgow Whisky Festival   
tbc November 2024 
Huge event in Glasgow at Hampden Park.

T B Watson Whisky Festival   
30 November 2024, Dumfries   
Stalls, whisky tastings and a Master Class at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries. Previously known as the Drambusters festival.

DECEMBER

There's lots of tasty Scottish food and drink to be found in Christmas markets in December across Scotland - see our list.

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