Scottish Food Events and Festivals: September 2019

This month's food events round-up features a host of beer launches and a slightly OTT cocktail extravaganza

Feature by Peter Simpson | 29 Aug 2019
  • Clever Kombucha

The month begins with Dundee Flower and Food Festival, the City of Discovery’s premier celebration of things that smell nice and are for-the-most-part edible. Chef demonstrations, competitive vegetable growing, and loads of stalls from which to acquire samples – a solid day out, we reckon. Camperdown Country Park, 6-8 Sep, £11-22,

Over in Edinburgh, Stewart Brewing launch a pair of collab beers brewed with Glasgow’s Ride Brewing. The two breweries have knocked together a Double IPA and a passionfruit sour, which will be pouring alongside a selection of Ride’s other beers. Dockside Tap, 38 Bernard St, 6 Sep, 

And in Glasgow on the same weekend, Clever Kombucha host an interactive workshop on the wonders of everyone’s favourite blob-powered drink. Let the experts guide you in how to make the stuff – one note we would give is ‘don’t leave your kombucha untouched for weeks at a time’. Trust us, bad idea. The Kitchen, 120 Carstairs St, 8 Sep, 12pm, £30, tickets via

Next up, it’s the return of Great Grog’s Bottled Beer Fair. The set-up for this one is pleasantly straightforward – get a small church hall, and fill it with delicious beers by brewers from across Scotland and beyond. Ever wondered how much fun you can have in an afternoon armed only with a beer list and a tiny tasting cup? You’re about to find out. St Peter’s Church Hall, 14 Lutton Pl, Edinburgh, 14 Sep, 1-5pm, £8-10, tickets via

Sticking with the beer, Grunting Growler bring four super-funky beers from Colorado’s Crooked Stave brewery to the west end of Glasgow. Crooked Stave’s beers rely on natural yeasts and bacteria to get them going, and the results are musky, interesting and extremely moreish. The Growler will have four of their sours on offer – if you like your beer a bit on the odd side, this one's for you. 51 Old Dumbarton Rd, 15 Sep, 2pm, £17, tickets via

If you prefer things a bit spicier, may we nod in the direction of The Rum Festival. Returning to Edinburgh's Summerhall at the end of the month, it offers the chance to try out dozens of rums from a host of producers. You will, as is customary at this sort of event, receive a branded glass to take home with you. Summerhall, 27-28 Sep, various times, £7.50-47.50, tickets via Eventbrite

Or if you want to get a little bit 'extra', Glasgow Cocktail Weekend returns with a whole load of new flourishes for 2019. There’s a Cocktail World array of pop-ups in the Argyle Street Arches, with sensory experiences (fans of dry ice, we feel like you’re going to be well catered-for), a disco-inspired Ketel One pop-up, and an outlandish offer of ten free cocktail samples. After your visit to the new World, head out to 40 of the city’s best cocktail bars for bespoke £5 cocktails across the weekend. Party. 26-29 Sep, tickets from £5,