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MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, a Great British Feast with food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alive. There's plenty to eat and drink, too – from a barbecue to an oyster bar, beer festival and a food market buffet. A…

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 24 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01877 384622

Sun 25 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01877 384622

GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sat 19 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 20 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival and Loch Fyne Viking Festival

Enjoy the spectacle of a harbour filled with 40 traditional boats (including a full size replica Viking longship) from across the UK, plus stalls, games, woodworking and boat building demonstrations, traditional music and more.

Tarbert, Loch Fyne

Wed 25 Jun

Times & prices vary

Thu 26 Jun

Times & prices vary

Fri 27 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 29 Jun

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
  • 19:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00

FyneFest

Beer is the star at Fyne Ales brewery with over 100 different beers from the UK’s best breweries available over the weekend, accompanied by an equally tempting music programme and food from a range of local producers (local as in venison burgers from the estate and fresh oysters collected from the loch).

Fyne Ales, Cairndow

Fri 13 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sat 14 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

Sun 15 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £15–£25 until April 30; after £20–£30 (under 16s free) / 01499 600120

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Merchant City Festival

Glasgow's swanky part of town continues to round together culture in its diverse festival. Previous years have seen comedy, theatre and art events cramming themselves into the area's fashionable buildings, while street performers add to the festival atmosphere.

Various venues, Glasgow

Thu 24 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

…and 8 more dates until 3 Aug

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

West End, Glasgow

Fri 6 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

Sun 8 Jun

Times & prices vary (free–£20)

…and 21 more dates until 29 Jun

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 100 real ales from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Sat 19 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Sun 20 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

As traditional boats congregate in the historic harbour, the seaside town of Portsoy celebrates with a festival of music, dance and traditional crafts and art.

Various Venues, Portsoy

Fri 27 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £7–£10.50 (Children and seniors £4–£6.50; Family £22–£32) / 01261 842951

Sat 28 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £7–£10.50 (Children and seniors £4–£6.50; Family £22–£32) / 01261 842951

Sun 29 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £7–£10.50 (Children and seniors £4–£6.50; Family £22–£32) / 01261 842951

Foodies Festival

Michelin starred and award-winning chefs cook up a storm at this year's festival dedicated to epicureans, as well as offerings from local producers and workshops for food lovers young and old.

Battersea Park, London SW11

Fri 15 Aug

£12–£15 (£12; VIP £45–£48; festival pass £18–£22) / 0844 995 1111

Sat 16 Aug

£12–£15 (£12; VIP £45–£48; festival pass £18–£22) / 0844 995 1111

Sun 17 Aug

£12–£15 (£12; VIP £45–£48; festival pass £18–£22) / 0844 995 1111

Bristol Harbourside

Fri 11 Jul

£10–£12 (£10; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

Sat 12 Jul

£10–£12 (£10; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

Sun 13 Jul

£10–£12 (£10; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

Clapham Common, London SW4

Fri 6 Jun

£12–£15 (£12; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

Sat 7 Jun

£12–£15 (£12; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

Sun 8 Jun

£12–£15 (£12; carers and accompanied under 16s free) / 0844 995 1111

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Arbroath Sea Fest

Annual festival of maritime heritage, including the star of the show, the Smokie Trail – around 70 stalls packed with fresh seafood along Arbroath harbour.

Various Venues, Arbroath

Sat 9 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sun 10 Aug

Times & prices vary

Rhubarb Festival Weekend

Try as many of the 137 varieties of rhubarb on offer, plus play rhubarb-themed games, see a cookery demonstration or two, buy up some rhubarb to take home and take a guided walk.

Clumber Park, Worksop

Sat 24 May

Included in admission / 01909 511092

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 25 May

Included in admission / 01909 511092

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

Annual celebration of Scotland's fantastic larder offering more than 200 events around the country. These range from cookery demonstrations to festivals, farmers' markets and tasting events.

Various venues, Scotland

Sat 6 Sep

Times & prices vary

Sun 7 Sep

Times & prices vary

Mon 8 Sep

Times & prices vary

…and 13 more dates until 21 Sep

Aberdeen and North East CAMRA Beer Festival

The Campaign for Real Ales' most northerly festival offers discerning drinkers the opportunity to sample the finest ale that the UK has to offer. Dark stouts, porters and easy drinking milds will be on offer as well as barley wines, wheat beers and light pilsner style ales.

Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Thu 29 May

£5 (discount for CAMRA members)

  • 16:00 – 00:00

Jamie Oliver & Alex James present The Big Feastival

The summer’s top music, food and family festival, Jamie Oliver & Alex James present The Big Feastival, returns with a bang this year with its best line-up yet. As the festival moves into its third year on the farm and its following continues to grow, DJ Fatboy Slim will headline with a storming Saturday night set. On…

Alex James' Farm, Chipping Norton

Fri 29 Aug

£5–£69

With Performances by: Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum, Kelis, Norman Jay MBE, Stornoway, Kitty and Daisy & Lewis and Jack Savoretti.

Sat 30 Aug

£5–£69

With Performances by: Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum, Kelis, Norman Jay MBE, Stornoway, Kitty and Daisy & Lewis and Jack Savoretti.

Sun 31 Aug

£5–£69

With Performances by: Fatboy Slim, Jamie Cullum, Kelis, Norman Jay MBE, Stornoway, Kitty and Daisy & Lewis and Jack Savoretti.

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Streetland

Community festival and street party in Glasgow's Govanhill, currently one of those exciting areas with a burgeoning creative scene.

Govanhill, Glasgow

Sat 7 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Taste of Grampian

A one-day food and drink festival which allows visitors to discover and sample the wide range of quality produce available in the Grampian region. This year's celebrity chefs in residence are Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn.

Thainstone Centre, Inverurie

Sat 7 Jun

Free (parking £5) / 01224 646488

  • 09:30 – 16:30

The Whisky Stramash

A chance to sample as many different whiskies as you think you can handle, also promising 'mystery, music entertainment, comicality and madcap pioneering.' Participating brands include Black Grouse, Highland Park, Macallan, Glenrothes, Whyte & Mackay, Jura, Fettercairn, Auchantoshan, the Balvenie, Bowmore and more.

Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 24 May

£26 per half day / 0844 481 8898

Sun 25 May

£26 per half day / 0844 481 8898

Alderney Seafood Festival

Two weeks of all the seafood you can handle, with chefs cooking up special dishes for the fest plus seafood foraging, a beer festival and the opportunity to try Milk-O-Punch – the island's very own eggnog-type drink.

Various Venues: Alderney

Sat 3 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 4 May

Times & prices vary

Mon 5 May

Times & prices vary

…and 12 more dates until 17 May

Best of the West Festival

Set in the stunning venue of the grounds of Inveraray Castle, this family-friendly festival highlights the best in food, drink, craft, music and entertainments from the West of Scotland. From fine crafts to fine food and from local pipe bands to world-famous headline music acts, the programme offers something for…

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Sat 13 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 19:30

Sun 14 Sep

Prices vary / 01499 302203

  • 11:00 – 18:30
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Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Stalls offering local, regional and seasonal produce, cookery demonstrations from professional chefs and food-related fun for the young'uns. Pre-booking for children's activities advised.

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 03000 262626

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sun 27 Apr

Free / 03000 262626

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Brew at the Bog

A day of great music and great beer with BrewDog, the coolest craft beer label on the block, and Bogbain Farm, which was voted Scotland's Best Unusual Venue at the Scottish Event Awards. The line-up is hand-picked from Britain's flourishing indie scene and 2014 will feature King Creosote, Roddy Woomble, Stanley Odd, Kid…

Bogbain Adventure & Heritage Farm, Inverness

Sat 3 May

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

Bristol Food Connections

A festival dedicated to the delectable, the scrumptious and the 'not quite my thing'. The festival includes farmers' markets, food walks, debates, cooking classes and much more.

Various Venues, Bristol

Thu 1 May

Times & prices vary

Fri 2 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 3 May

Times & prices vary

…and 8 more dates until 11 May

CAMRA Reading Beer & Cider Festival

More than 500 real ales and 150 real ciders to tantalise your tastebuds, plus local live music, a pub quiz, festival games and more. Sunday is suitable for the whole family to attend.

Kings Meadow Park, Reading

Thu 1 May

£7–£17.30 per day/session

Fri 2 May

£7–£17.30 per day/session

Sat 3 May

£7–£17.30 per day/session

Sun 4 May

£7–£17.30 per day/session

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival

Get your fill of the best part of life (food, natch) at the third largest food and drink festival in the UK.

Chester Racecourse

Sat 19 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £6–£8 (£6; under 12s free; CamperFest guests free) / 01244 405615

Sun 20 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £6–£8 (£6; under 12s free; CamperFest guests free) / 01244 405615

Mon 21 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £6–£8 (£6; under 12s free; CamperFest guests free) / 01244 405615

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