Scottish Food and Drink Events: December 2018

Christmas markets, New Years celebrations, and enough wine and scones to go around feature in December’s food and drink events guide.

Feature by Paris Karstedt | 03 Dec 2018
  • Barras Art and Design

December begins with the first Colinton Market at Dreghorn Loan Hall. The market is the work of two mums with a passion for supporting small local businesses and fostering community spirit. The December Market’s carefully curated selection of local shops will include 2 More Heads, East Coast Cured, Sadie Baby, Lovecrumbs and more. This is the perfect opportunity to take care of all your holiday shopping while nurturing the community spirit with festive street food and drink. 1 Dec, 2.30-6.30pm, Dreghorn Loan Hall, free entry

Over in Glasgow, Valhalla’s Goat Christmas Wine Festival is here to bring the holiday glow to your beaming rosy cheeks at Inn Deep. With the corks popping on over 100 different wines from your classic reds and whites to biodynamic and orange, the evening is sure to bring out your holiday spirit. And if all that wine isn't encouragement enough to be jolly, there will also be a prize awarded to the best Christmas costume. 7 Dec, 7-9pm, 445 Great Western Road, £10 advance purchase in store 

The Vegan Connections Christmas Market returns to the east end of Glasgow, with this year’s festivities held at the stunning Barras Art and Design. Thirty-five stalls will be overflowing with hearty vegan treats to fill space in your belly or beneath your tree. The warm glow of cruelty-free holiday goodness will be sparkling from the atrium throughout the night as the market collects donations for the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter. There’s a lot to feel cheerful about here. 9 Dec, 10am-4pm, 54 Calton Entry, £4

The Templeton Building's indoor courtyard will transform this December with the annual WESTive German Christmas Market. The market offers a mouthwatering selection of German food and a range of independent traders. You’ll cheers to the holiday season with your choice of luscious mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate, or even a special edition Christmas beer. No one will be left out of this holiday celebration, even your favorite four-legged friend is invited. 9 Dec, 11am-5pm, Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, free but ticketed

Soul Food Sisters are here to fortify your cooking skills for the upcoming dizzying whirl of holiday feasts with a Soul Food Classics Workshop. The workshop will focus on delicacies from Polish and Roma communities with a menu consisting of Polish pierogi, fresh bread, vegetables, and grilled meat. After cooking, you'll enjoy your culinary creation with a sit-down meal and shared company. 13 Dec, 6.30-8pm, 202 Gallowgate, £15 via soulfoodsisters.org 

Just in time for Christmas, Edinburgh’s Tasty Buns Bakery brings you Festive Sconefest. Sure to thrill any scone lover, this delightful event comes with the inspiration of Christmas. Eight scones to please your palate, whether you've been naughty or nice this holiday season, there are scones for you – two sweet, two boozy sweet, two savoury, and two boozy savoury. 14 Dec, 8.30am-5pm, 67 Bread Street, free entry

Jumping ahead to New Year, The Pitt promises to amp up The Hogmanay Bash this year, and they aren’t going to let their current refurbishments halt the party. Instead, they are just moving the festivities next door to The Biscuit Factory. All the good things that infused last year’s celebration return including a complimentary dram of whisky. You’ll enjoy award-winning street food, and local musicians and DJs. 31 Dec, 7pm-2am, 4-6 Anderson Place, £22 

And in Glasgow, Koelschip Yard Hogmanay boasts a craft beer-powered celebration that will include music, dancing and perhaps even singing. This event brings in local food and plenty of drinks including 14 kegs to choose from and loads of Fernet-Branca. Tickets come with five drink tokens and snacks. 31 Dec, 6pm-1am, 686-688 Pollokshaws Road, £30 

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