Food and Drink Festivals in Scotland in 2021
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 2021 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!
See our list of Highland Games and agricultural shows which are also great opportunities to savour local produce.
Sadly these annual events couldn't take place in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, but we hope some events will be possible once more in 2021. Please check with event organisers if you are intending to travel specifically for an event.
Springfest: The Scottish Food & Drink Festival
3 - 4 April 2021, Loch Lomond
Big Big Gin Festival
23 - 25 April 2021, Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Kingdom Of Fife Real Ale, Cider & Perry Festival
tbc late April 2021, Glenrothes
Inverness Gin Festival
1 May 2021, Inverness
The Scottish Gin Festivals tour reaches the Highland capital with a day of events including tastings, tapas and live music.
Perth Beer Festival
7 - 8 May 2021, Perth
Comedy night, Perth Beer Festival, Rugby sevens and Gin Bar
Stirling Whisky Festival
8 May 2021, Stirling
Perth Gin Festival
8 May 2021, Perth
Highland Whisky Festival
tbc May 2021
This will be the second Highland Whisky Festival which showcases distilleries along the North Coast 500 scenic route.
World Whisky Day
16 May 2021
Events across the globe
Helensburgh Beer & Gin Festival
tbc May 2021
Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
16 May 2021 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.
The Edinburgh Whisky Stramash
21 - 23 May 2021, Edinburgh
Entertainment, food and tastings. Now in its 10th year.
22 May 2021, 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.
Eat & Drink Festival
28 - 31 May 2021, Glasgow Scotland's favourite food festival at the SEC Glasgow.
Islay Festival Of Music And Malt
28 May - 5 June 2021
Enjoy traditional music, ceilidhs, whisky tasting and more.
Drymen Agricultural Show
29 May 2021, Drymen, Loch Lomond
4 - 7 June 2021, Loch Fyne, Argyll
Beer, food and music - what more could you ask for!
Taste of Grampian
tbc June 2021, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Food and drink family-friendly festival in the north east of Scotland with the emphasis on local produce.
National Whisky Festival
5 June 2021, Edinburgh
tbc 5 June 2021 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 in September.
Crail Food Festival
5 - 6 June 2021, Fife
VIRTUAL EVENT FOR 2021. A highlight on Scotland’s foodie calendar with local produce, demonstrations, stalls, etc.
Glasgow Real Ale Festival
17 - 19 June 2021
Organised by CAMRA at The Briggait in the city's Merchant City area.
Royal Highland Show
17 - 20 June 2021 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Annual agricultural show with arena attractions, Scottish food exhibition, pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair and much more.
Glasgow Festival of Wine
19 June 2021
Hosted by Tom Cannavan, broadcaster and award-winning wine writer.
Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink
tbc June 2021, South Ayrshire
The Scottish Game Fair
2 - 4 July 2021
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Doune and Dunblane Show
tbc 3 July 2021
Annual agricultural show in Perthshire
Kirriemuir Agricultural Show
17 July 2021, Kirriemuir, Angus
Kirkcudbright Country Fair
tbc mid July 2021, Dumfries & Galloway
Spectacular programme of events with guest performers and display teams at one of the region's major annual events.
Edinburgh Food Festival
23 July - 1 August 2021, George Square Gardens, Edinburgh
28 July 2021
Annual agricultural show.
Sutherland County Show
tbc late July 2021, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Border Union Show
30 - 31 July 2021, Kelso
Annual agricultural show and equestrian event in the Scottish Borders
Edinburgh Gin Festival
31 July 2021, Central Hall, Edinburgh
1 - 2 August 2021, Turriff, Aberdeenshire CANCELLED
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.
Black Isle Show
4 - 5 August 2021 near Muir of Ord, just north of Inverness. CANCELLED
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.
6 - 8 August 2021, Edinburgh
The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Edinburgh's Inverleith Park.
Dumfries & Lockerbie Show
6 - 7 August 2021
Annual agricultural show.
tbc 7 August 2021
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 7 August 2021
Livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn, near Nairn.
Skye Agricultural Show
tbc 7 August 2021, Portree
12 August 2021, 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 2021, Aberdeenshire
Live music, street food and more on the Deeside Rugby Club Pitches.
Galloway Country Fair
21 - 22 August 2021 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
tbc 21 August 2021, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William
Alba Real Ale Festival
tbc late August 2021, Tayside
Family event in Tayside with beers, bands and BBQ food!
28 August 2021
Annual agricultural show in Dumfries and Galloway.
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight
1 - 16 September 2021
Variety of events across Scotland.
Spirit of Speyside Distilled Food & Drink
3 - 4 September 2021, Elgin
A celebration of Speyside food and drink. Venue to be confirmed.
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
tbc 3 - 5 September 2021, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.
Dalmally Agricultural Show
tbc 4 September 2021
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.
Stranraer Oyster Festival
10 - 12 September 2021
Celebrating this area's coastal heritage, its people and its local produce.
Blair Atholl Music and Scottish Craft Beer Festival
tbc September 2021, Perthshire
Spirit of the North
tbc September 2021, Bogbain Farm near Inverness
Whisky and gin tasting festival
Aberdeen Vegan Festival
9 October 2021
World Porridge Making Championship
9 October 2021, Carrbridge, Cairngorms
Keen amateur and professional chefs compete for the title of world porridge making champion.
16 October 2021, 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 October 2021, Dumfries & Galloway
Food and drink from local producers.
Ullapool Beer Festival
tbc October 2021
This Wester Ross festival offers a great celebration of real beers, food and music.
Dornoch Whisky Festival
29 - 31 October 2021, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Spirit of Speyside whisky festival
3 - 8 November 2021
Stirling Gin Festival
6 November 2021, Stirling
Glasgow Whisky Festival
20 November 2021
Huge event at Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow.
Drambusters Whisky Festival
27 November 2021, Dumfries
Stalls, whisky tastings and a Master Class at Easterbrook Hall.
Edinburgh Vegan Festival
28 November 2021