Every foodie knows that summer brings a feast of fresh fruit and vegetables, with the long sunny days producing the most tantalizing foods for your taste buds. With all the wonderful choices Scotland has to offer, it’s no surprise that food festivals and markets take centre stage this season. From farmers’ markets to gin and beer tasting events, join us in savouring and celebrating the fresh, home-grown produce of bonnie Scotland.
Fresh From The Market
Take the opportunity to buy top quality produce directly from the producer and find out exactly how it’s grown, reared and made! You’re guaranteed to go home well fed on the finest cheeses, meats, home-baking and more.
Stirling Farmers’ Market
2nd Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm.
Browse the 25 stalls offering an unbelievable variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables, homemade pies and cakes, in-season meats, award-winning confectionery and the finest selection of deli items this side of Europe.
If you’re looking to buy some wholesome Scottish produce then head here to the foot of the Ochil hills. The farm shop offers an incredible variety of locally grown berries, Scottish-assured meats from neighbouring farms and as much home-baking as you could want. Even their ice cream is produced at local dairy farms - it doesn’t come much fresher than that!
Blair Drummond, Stirling.
A shopping experience with a difference, the farm offers a fantastic outdoor fun yard for the kids and a strawberry field for picking your own punnets! While the wee ones play with the farm animals, you can browse the artisan goodies inside or enjoy the delicious dishes on offer in the tearoom.
Bridge of Allan Makers' Market
2nd Sunday of each month from 11am to 4pm.
Now housed in the recently refurbished Royal Hotel, the market showcases a variety of local creations. From unique pieces of jewellery and clothing to confectionery delights and artisan breads, there’s always something different on offer.
Join The Party
The season of outdoor feasting is here - gather together your nearest and dearest and head to some of the hottest festivals and events in Scotland this summer.
Cake Fest Scotland
Sunday 11th September 2016 from 10am to 4pm, Cowane's Hospital, Stirling.
It was Marie Antoinette who famously said “Let them eat cake!” and we wholeheartedly agree! Watch as 100 teams of amateur and professional bakers, from all across Scotland, join together to recreate the country’s top 100 buildings in cake! A delight for the eyes and the stomach, what could be better than an edible sculpture? Enjoy the street theatre, explore the castle and, once the ‘buildings’ have been assembled on the 100m map, tuck in and savour the real taste of Scotland!
Friday 9th December 2016 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Curly Coo Bar, Stirling.
Scotland is well known for its whisky and its rising popularity in gin and craft beer production. At the Curly Coo, you can choose from over 120 malt whiskies any time you like, but this occasion is wholly dedicated to Scottish gin. Create your own perfect ‘G&T’ and sample five more gins from across Scotland and Europe. Did we mention there will be nibbles galore as well?
Stirling Gin Festival
Friday 4th November to Saturday 5th November.
The famous Stirling Whisky Shop, which brought you the Stirling Whisky Festival, is holding a celebration of all things gin – from country-wide exhibitors to special masterclasses and more.
The Trossachs Beer Festival
August 26th to 31st & September 1st to 11th, The Lade Inn, Callander, Stirling.
If you love live folk music, traditional Scottish food and the best beers and ales Scotland has to offer, then head to the Trossachs Beer Festival. Join in the celebration and sample some of the 160 Scottish real ales from the Scottish Real Ale Shop.
A Taste of Summer at Dunblane
The new summer menus have arrived at DoubleTree by Dunblane Hydro! Our scrumptious dishes are bursting with the fresh flavours of Scotland, and are sure to give you the summer vibe you’re craving.
Check out some of our incredible creations at The Kailyard by Nick Nairn restaurant and book your table for a truly special summer feast.