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The Great Scottish Beer Celebration

A beer festival celebrating Scottish brewing, with 18 small breweries pouring a wide range of beer styles, plus music from the folk behind Shout Bamala and a selection of street food vendors.

Barras Art & Design Centre, Glasgow

Fri 13 Mar

£7.50 / 0141 946 3020

Sat 14 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 946 3020

Cake, Bake and Food Festival

Hundreds of stalls offering cakes and cakes and other delights to make your tastebuds mighty happy.

Walpole Park, Gosport

Fri 22 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Sat 23 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Sun 24 May

£12–£30 (Under 13s £5; under 5s free; Seniors £12; Family £29) / 02393 787613

Mon 25 May

£18 (Children £8; Seniors £15) / 02393 787613

The Whisky Stramash

A chance to sample as many different whiskies as you think you can handle, also promising 'mystery, entertainment, comicality and madcap pioneering.'

Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

£17.05–£28.60 / 0844 481 8898

Sun 24 May

£17.05–£28.60 / 0844 481 8898

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

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

MHOR Festival

A huge array of activities are on offer at this festival, including baking competitions, food prepared by star Scottish chefs and many more activities for kids and adults alike. Previous festivals have featured a barbeque and a hog roast.

Monachyle Mhor, Lochearnhead

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary / 01877 384622

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Perth Festival of Chocolate

Scotland's first outdoor chocolate festival, celebrating the cocoa bean in all its facets. Stalls featuring chocolate soap and candles, workshops, talks, demonstrations and plenty of delectable chocolate tastings are all on the programme.

King Edward Street, Perth

Sat 21 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 22 Nov

Times & prices vary

The Glasgow Real Ale Festival

Real ale festival, organised by CAMRA, and featuring more than 100 British beers, plus real cider and beer from Bavaria.

The Briggait, Glasgow

Thu 25 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

Fri 26 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

Sat 27 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 553 5890

Summerhall and Barney's Beer Festival

All things beery, yeasty and delicious are packed into Summerhall for one ale-filled weekend. The Dissection room is transformed into a beer hall with brewery's including Barney's, Williams Brothers and Fyne Ales hosting a stand alongside Pickering’s Gin.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Sat 16 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 560 1581

Aberdour Festival

The picturesque seaside town plays host to an action-packed family-friendly festival. There's something for all ages and all tastes, from a beach day with a sandcastle competition for children and fun run for adults, to a food market and picnic day, as well as sports, magic shows, children's activities and live music over…

Various venues: Aberdour

Fri 31 Jul

Times & prices vary

Sat 1 Aug

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Aug

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 9 Aug

Bandstand Beer and Music Festival

The largest indie beer and music festival in the Highlands, boasting more than 140 real ales, ciders and craft beers from all over the world, including some brewed right here at home. Expect live music, specialty food, whisky, charity stalls and a barbecue.

Bandstand Bar and Restaurant, Nairn

Thu 2 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

Fri 3 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

Sat 4 Apr

By donation / 01667 452341

Live music programme includes The Kitty Black Band (3 Apr), Nairn District Pipe Band (4 Apr), Niz, Nico, Jim & Bert (4 Apr), Robin Lawrie (5 Apr), BIRO (10 Apr) and Dredd or Alive (11 Apr).

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Great Grampian 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 4 Jun

£6

Fri 5 Jun

£6

Sat 6 Jun

£6

Nip Festival

Formerly known as the Inverness Whisky Festival, this event now celebrates gin as well as whisky. Expect plenty of distilleries, talks, masterclasses, food, live music and demonstrations throughout the city.

Various venues: Inverness

Tue 7 Apr

Times & prices vary

Wed 8 Apr

Times & prices vary

Thu 9 Apr

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr

Paisley Beer Festival

Four day festival celebrating the best ales from around the UK and Europe.

Paisley Town Hall

Wed 22 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0300 300 1210

Thu 23 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0300 300 1210

Fri 24 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0300 300 1210

Sat 25 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0300 300 1210

Southampton German Beer Fest

Enjoy a stein or two at this German beer festival.

O2 Guildhall Southampton

Fri 15 May

£12 / 023 8063 2601

Sat 16 May

£12 / 023 8063 2601

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 15 Aug

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 16 Aug

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

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Berwick Food and Beer Festival

Dozens of stalls offering some of the best food and drink from the North East of England and the Scottish Borders set in Berwick's 18th century Barracks square.

Barracks and Main Guard, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Sat 5 Sep

£2 / 08703 331181

Part of Berwick 900.

Sun 6 Sep

£2 / 08703 331181

Part of Berwick 900.

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

Sat 12 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

Sun 13 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01499 302203

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. 2015's line-up includes Fatherson, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Hector Bizerk, Honeyblood, Neon Waltz, The Elephant Sessions, Randolphs…

Bogbain Adventure & Heritage Farm, Inverness

Sat 2 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

Sun 3 May

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01463 772800

Crail Food Festival

Food and music meet in this local festival. For the foodies there's the Taste of Fife with a producers' market, cookery demonstrations and evening supper, while music fans can expect some top Scottish names. For the children there's a harbour festival. Among those confirmed for 2015 are the St Andrews Brewing Company…

Various venues: Crail

Fri 12 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01333 450935

Sat 13 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01333 450935

Sun 14 Jun

Times & prices vary / 01333 450935

Dundee Flower and Food Festival

In the 1990s, having built up an international reputation as a flower festival with over 1000 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival organisers decided to branch out to include local food and drink. And despite starting with just a handful of stalls in that first year, the three-day event now…

Camperdown Country Park, Dundee

Fri 4 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sat 5 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

Sun 6 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01382 433815

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Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Taking place over three days, the Exeter Food Festival features demos from top chefs, over 100 regional exhibitors, workshops and food-themed activities for all the family.

Exeter Castle

Fri 24 Apr

£7.50–£9 (Seniors £5 Friday only; Weekend ticket £19 includes Festival After Dark) / 01392 667080

Sat 25 Apr

£7.50–£9 (Seniors £5 Friday only; Weekend ticket £19 includes Festival After Dark) / 01392 667080

Sun 26 Apr

£7.50–£9 (Seniors £5 Friday only; Weekend ticket £19 includes Festival After Dark) / 01392 667080

Fal River Festival

A ten-day festival of music, arts, events, literature, drama and activities, celebrating life on the River Fal. Things kick off with the Beer Fleet, in which a flotilla of boats (equipped with beer, pasties and singers) sail the 11 miles down the river from Truro to Cornwall. There's also Jazz on the Quay, a cartooning…

Various Venues, Falmouth

Fri 22 May

Times & prices vary

Sat 23 May

Times & prices vary

Sun 24 May

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 31 May

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.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Fri 3 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sat 4 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Sun 5 Jul

Prices vary / 020 8365 2121

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Fri 15 May

Prices vary

Sat 16 May

Prices vary

Sun 17 May

Prices vary

Clapham Common, London SW4

Fri 24 Jul

Prices vary

Sat 25 Jul

Prices vary

Sun 26 Jul

Prices vary

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Helensburgh & Lomond Real Ale Festival

A charity event run by the local Round Table, this year there's over 50 of Scotland's finest real ales on offer as well as a range of ciders and food, all in a lochside setting. Music accompaniment includes blues, rock and ceilidh.

Helensburgh Sailing Club

Fri 15 May

Prices vary

Sat 16 May

Prices vary

Highland & Moray Food and Drink Festival

The best of Scottish food and drink, with producers exhibiting their wares, chefs giving demonstrations and plenty to try and buy.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Sat 30 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01463 234234

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