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August 30, 2019

Now in its tenth year, the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight aims to both champion and increase awareness of the companies, brands and people who are helping Scotland make the most of our natural produce.

Taking place between 31 August and 15th September, the Fortnight is perfectly timed to highlight the harvest bounty.

Over the next few days, the 5pm Food blog will revisit some of these events in more detail but, for now, we'll just mention these:

Jocktoberfest - taking place on Fri 6th and Sat 7th Sep, this annual beer fest from the Black Isle Brewery promises banging tunes, organic beer and food from the farm. More info.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival - now in its 31st year, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival returns to Camperdown Park over the weekend of Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September. Live cookery, live music, a craft fair and lots of kids activities make this family affair. The fruit and veg competitions are always hotly contested. Main pic is from festival Facebook.  More info.

Huntly Hairst - this annual, family harvest festival has taken place in Huntly since 2002. It celebrates the food and traditions of Aberdeenshire with an extended farmers' market, cookery demonstrations, several running races and, of course, The World Stovies Championship.  Info.

Spirit of Speyside Distilled - the team behind the hugely successful Spirit Of Speyside Whisky Festival bring another fantastic event to the sampling table on the weekend of Saturday 6the and Sunday 7th September. Elgin Town Hall will be packed with not just Speyside's finest whisky distillers but also award-winning brewers, gin crafters and food producers. Info.

And , of course, we have already mentioned the Foraging Fortnight which brings together over a hundred events from Fife to Orkney.

Edinburgh Mela

Finally, I don't think this falls under the umbrella of the Scottish Food Fortnight but we will mention the Edinburgh Mela.

Taking place on Leith Links on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September, it is billed as 'Scotland's biggest and best festival of world music and dance'.

We are all for mixing up bhangra, Bollywood and rock-a-billy but it's the thought of stalls selling food from across several continents that really gets our juices flowing.

Have a fab weekend!