Scottish Food Events Guide: January 2020

A pair of whisky festivals, some brewery tours and a chance to get your foodie ideas off the ground all feature in this month's food round-up

Feature by Peter Simpson | 09 Jan 2020
  • National Whisky Festival

A new decade calls for a new favourite brewery and/or bar. Here come Bellfield Brewery, with a free chance to find both. Check out four of their beers at their still-fairly-new taproom in Abbeyhill, tour the brewery, and ask all the questions you like about the brewing process. There’s still space on the tours on 19 Jan and 2 Feb, book in via

If you’re more into whisky, but don’t want to deal with lads in tweed shouting at you for ‘drinking it wrong’, Faffless Whisky bring a laid-back tasting to Summerhall on 18 Jan. Four whiskies, a nice room, and a lot of chat in the blurb about making fun of each other. This ain’t your grandad’s whisky tasting; in fact, in the words of Limmy, fuck yer grandad. Tickets are £20 via Eventbrite.

Want a slightly different whisky experience? The National Whisky Festival is back at SWG3 on 25 January – 40 whiskies to try, masterclasses, an extensive non-whisky selection, and live music throughout the day. Given this is tied-in with Celtic Connections, we’re gonna go out on a limb and suggest there may be some folk music. Tickets £35 via

Or if your New Year’s Resolution is to help make our food more sustainable, head to Feeding the City’s ideas workshop (30 Jan, The Melting Pot, 5 Rose St, Edinburgh). Feeding the City is a 12-month project aiming to help get social food businesses up and running, with funding and help available. If that sounds up your street, register via Eventbrite; it's free, and there's a free lunch.