Food and Drink Festivals in Scotland in 2020
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. Here's a selection of events in 2020 where you can enjoy Scottish food and drink. With this year being dedicated to Scotland's Coasts & Waters, you can be sure that seafood will be on the menu! Highland Games and agricultural shows are also great opportunities to savour local produce.
Please be advised that due to the current Covid-19 situation, many events for 2020 will now be cancelled or rescheduled. Please check with individual event organisers.
Fife Whisky Festival
6 - 8 March 2020, Cupar
Based in the Cupar Corn Exchange, the Fife Whisky Festival brings together over 25 different exhibitors.
Highland Food and Drink Fayre
25 April 2020
New event at the Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William.
Spirit of Speyside whisky festival
29 April - 4 May 2020
Kingdom Of Fife Real Ale, Cider & Perry Festival
30 April - 2 May 2020, Glenrothes
Highland Whisky Festival
8 - 15 May 2020
This is the second Highland Whisky Festival which showcases distilleries along the North Coast 500 scenic route.
Stirling Whisky Festival
9 May 2020
Friday night ceilidh, whisky tastings and masterclasses.
Perth Beer Festival
9 May 2020, Perth
Comedy night, Perth Beer Festival, Rugby sevens and Gin Bar
World Whisky Day
16 May 2020
Events across the globe
Helensburgh Beer & Gin Festival
16 May 2020
Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
17 May 2020 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.
Islay Festival Of Music And Malt
22 - 30 May 2020
Enjoy traditional music, ceilidhs, whisky tasting and more.
23 May 2020, 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.
Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
23 - 24 May 2020, Edinburgh
Entertainment, food and tastings.
29 - 31 May 2020, Loch Fyne, Argyll
Beer, food and music - what more could you ask for!
Taste of Grampian
6 June 2020, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Food and drink family-friendly festival in the north east of Scotland with the emphasis on local produce.
Edinburgh Whisky Festival
6 June 2020
6 June 2020 at Brechin.
Annual agricultural show with livestock, dog show, trade stands, craft marquee, vintage vehicles and truck show, plus Highland dancing displays, pipe band and lots more. The Ardblair Stones competition is to try and lift nine stones of increasing weight (18kg-152kg) sequentially onto barrels (132 cm in height). Trophies are awarded to the top three men and top three women. This is one of a series of qualifiers for the International Highland Games Federation Stones of Strength Scottish Final which will take place at the Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games on Sunday September 6th.
Eat & Drink Festival
11 - 14 June 2020, Glasgow Scotland's favourite food festival at the SEC Glasgow.
Glasgow Festival of Wine
13 June 2020
Hosted by Tom Cannavan, broadcaster and award-winning wine writer.
Crail Food Festival
13 - 14 June 2020, Fife
A highlight on Scotland’s foodie calendar with local produce, demonstrations, stalls, etc.
Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink
13 - 14 June 2020, South Ayrshire
Glasgow Real Ale Festival
tbc 18 - 20 June 2020
Organised by CAMRA at The Briggait in the city's Merchant City area.
The Midsummer Beer Happening
18 - 20 June 2020, Stonehaven
Hundreds of craft beers and real ales, plus a cycle sportive event.
The Scottish Game Fair
3 - 5 July 2020
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Spirit of Speyside Gin Experience
10 - 12 July 2020, Gordon Castle Walled Garden
Kirriemuir Agricultural Show
18 July 2020, Kirriemuir, Angus
Kirkcudbright Country Fair
18 - 19 July 2020, Dumfries & Galloway
Spectacular programme of events with guest performers and display teams at one of the region's major annual events.
31 July - 1 August 2020
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.
tbc 13 August 2020, 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.
Banchory Beer Festival
tbc August 2020, Aberdeenshire
Live music, street food and more on the Deeside Rugby Club Pitches.
Galloway Country Fair
22 - 23 August 2020 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Alba Real Ale Festival
29 - 31 August 2020, Tayside
Family event in Tayside with beers, bands and BBQ food!
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight
1 - 16 September 2020
Variety of events across Scotland.
Speyside Whisky Distilled
tbc September 2020, Elgin Town Hall
A celebration of Speyside Whisky
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
4 - 6 September 2020, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.
Stranraer Oyster Festival
11 - 13 September 2020
Celebrating this area's coastal heritage, its people and its local produce.
Blair Atholl Music and Scottish Craft Beer Festival
tbc September 2020
Spirit of the North
26 September 2020, Bogbain Farm near Inverness
Whisky and gin tasting festival
Inverness Gin Festival
3 October 2020, Inverness
The Scottish Gin Festivals tour reaches the Highland capital with a day of events at Eden Court Theatre including tastings, tapas and live music.
World Porridge Making Championship
10 October 2020, Carrbridge, Cairngorms
Keen amateur and professional chefs compete for the title of world porridge making champion.
17 October 2020, 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.
Dornoch Whisky Festival
30 October - 1 November 2020, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Kirkcudbright Food Festival
tbc October 2020, Dumfries & Galloway
Food and drink from local producers.
Ullapool Beer Festival
tbc October 2020
This Wester Ross festival is now in its 14th year offering a great celebration of real beers, food and music.
Glasgow Whisky Festival
21 November 2020
Huge event at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow.
Drambusters Whisky Festival
28 November 2020, Dumfries
Stalls, whisky tastings and a Master Class at Easterbrook Hall. Now in its 10th year.