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June 26, 2019

First up, we have Ferry Fest 2019. The beer and music festival takes place on Saturday 29th June from noon to 8pm.

It is organised by Ferry Brewery at their premises on Bankhead Farm Steading, South Queensferry.

Ferry Brewery is the first company to brew beer in the town since 1851. Their brews will be on sale alongside beers from Alechemy, Fierce, Pilot and Dead End Brew Machine.

If beer doesn't tickle your pickle, there will also be a wine and Prosecco bar.

Live music, a DJ and face-painting will all help the general merrymaking while street food vendors will be on hand to tackle the munchies.

And let's not forget the magnificent views of the three bridges. Main pic from brewery Facebook.

General entry tickets are £10 which includes a first drink.

Skye Food and Drink Festival

If you are willing to venture further afield from the Central Belt - much further afield - then you might think about an expedition to Skye for their food and drink festival.

Finishing on Saturday (it has been running since last weekend), it aims to promote the natural harvest from the Isle of Skye.

We like the look of the Festival Market in Broadford Hall this coming Friday and Saturday.

Up to 30 producers and suppliers from all over Skye and the surrounding area will be sampling and selling their wares.

The festival will culminate with a traditional family cèilidh at Broadford Hall on the Saturday night.

Breakish Cèilidh Band will be orchestrating the dance floor mayhem.

Share food and stories

Returning to the Central Belt, Refugee Festival Scotland is underway at the moment.

The festival celebrates the contribution refugee communities make to life in Scotland and offers people from different backgrounds the chance to meet and get to know each other better.

This scribbler has long thought that eating together is one of the best ways to get to know people and this weekend there are several opportunities to share food.

On this theme, two of this weekend's events stood out:

Taking place noon to 2.30pm on Saturday 29th June at Auchinairn Community Centre, Bread and Salt will see Syrian refugees and others cooking together, sharing stories of food, hospitality, dance and culture from their home countries.

Participants will learn how to make traditional Syrian and Scottish cuisine, meet new people and enjoy some tasty food made on the day, including a surprising but delicious Syrian Scottish fusion.

Our eye was also drawn to another happening on the same day from 7pm.

Rise Pop-up Restaurant is a social enterprise which serves food designed and cooked by refugees living in Glasgow.

If you don't know your Iranian tahdig from your Iraqi knafa - and we don't - then this is your opportunity to plug that gap in your knowledge.

Rise is at Project Cafe on Renfrew Street. BYOB. Tix.

The full Refugee Festival Scotland programme is here.