Scottish Food Events Guide: February 2020

Tasty tap takeovers, whisky-inspired battles, and weird spirits all feature in this month's food and drink round-up

Preview by Peter Simpson | 04 Feb 2020
  • Tiny Rebel

February is New Zealand Beer Month, apparently, so fittingly Dundee's brilliant Kiwi cafe The Bach play host to an evening of street food paired with a quartet of beers from New Zealand. 7 Feb, 7pm, 31 Meadowside, Dundee, £25, tickets via

On Valentine's Day, Good Spirits Co are celebrating a few of the drinks that don't quite fit into the boxes marked 'gin', 'rum' or 'vodka'. Unicorn Spirits is a tasting that will feature half-a-dozen weird, odd or simply hard-to-categorise tipples; if you like drinks that are a bit different from normal, this one's for you. 14 Feb, 7pm, 23 Bath St, Glasgow, £25, tickets via

Two of Scotland's leading breweries go head-to-head in one of those great competitions where everyone ends up a winner. Williams Bros and Drygate's beers will be pitted against one another at Rumble In The Bungo, with a total of ten beers to try. Like we said, everyone wins. 21 Feb, 7.30pm, 17 Nithsdale Rd, Glasgow, £30, tickets via

Also this month, fighting! But not just any kind of fighting, whisky fighting! Fortunately, Whisky Fight Night contains no actual scrapping; instead it's an evening of competitive whisky tasting with six drams to try. 26 Feb, 6.45pm, Summerhall, Edinburgh, £31.75, tickets via 

It's also worth keeping a pair of evenings free for Edinburgh tap takeovers by a couple of excellent breweries from 'down south'. Newport's Tiny Rebel head to the Innis and Gunn Taproom on 13 Feb to celebrate their eighth birthday, and Magic Rock's head brewer makes the trip from Huddersfield to take over Fierce Beer's bar on Rose Street on 27 Feb. Both make great beer, and both sell their beers in very nice-looking cans.