Edinburgh in Autumn

By Laura McCulloch

Nobody will argue with the beautiful Autumn foliage that Edinburgh has to offer, and as the new season descends on the city, here are our favourite events on the calendar. We have got you covered with everything from fire to farming festivals.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

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Scotland’s largest Cocktail Week pours back into the capital in just under two weeks time, from Monday the 14th to Sunday the 20th of October.

Offering a more unique experience this year, ‘Camping with Cocktails’ will transform the festival square into an enchanted forest fit for cocktail enthusiasts. The new extension includes wigwams, fire pits, giant toadstools, pop-up bars and a starlit canopy.

The rooftop cocktail domes at the Glasshouse Hotel are another addition to the festival this year, providing Instagram-worthy views across the city’s skyline.


Edinburgh Sausage and Cider Festival

Back on the menu this October is Edinburgh’s Sausage and Cider festival on Saturday the 19th. The event at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange boasts live music, a selection of craft beers and ciders, eating competitions and of course a selection of sausage meats from around the world.


Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival returns on the 18th to 31st of October across various locations in Edinburgh, including the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The annual celebration of live storytelling has described itself as ‘a warm,
friendly, invigorating experience, perfect for Autumn evenings’. This year’s theme ‘Beyond Worlds’ will showcase new and traditional stories, communications, music, dance and Canadian headlining acts.



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As part of an unsteady industry, Agriscot 2019 offers a chance for the country’s agricultural community to seek answers to the countless questions that farmers may share.

Now recognised as one of the premium events in UK agriculture, the Highland Hall in Edinburgh,
overflows every year with farming enthusiasts, as well as people curious to learn more about the industry.

A parade of Britain’s finest livestock, talks from industry professionals and trade stands from across the country will take centre stage on Wednesday 20th of November.



West Princes Street Gardens will be transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest venue from 30th of October to 3rd of November. Aside from the beer, this event invites friends to celebrate food and drink and enjoy traditional live music inside a marquee fit for 1,200 people. Annually known to be extremely popular, this authentic experience offers student deals as well as Bavarian and VIP packages, ensuring there is something for everybody.


Festival of Politics

The Scottish Parliament is welcoming a variety of leading public figures including Andrew Marr and Baroness Helena Kennedy to the 2019 Festival of Politics. Taking place from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th of October at the Scottish Parliament, the event will focus on
future debates about important political and cultural issues. From Brexit talks, to the 2020 US presidential election, this is an opportunity for the Scottish public to contribute alongside MSP’s, journalists and commentators on some of the country’s largest issues.


Samhuinn Fire Festival

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This fiery extravaganza perched on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is a perfect way to get into the Halloween Spirit. The thrilling display is a modern replication of the Celtic New Year celebration, which presents a mythical story about the changes of Summer and Winter. Get
ready to wrap up this October 31st to watch dancing, drumming and acrobatics among other performances at the Samhuinn Fire Festival.



Women gather in first beer industry collaboration

A group of female brewers are set to come together in the industry’s first collaboration to create their very own limited edition craft beer.

Jenn Merrick, founder of London based brewery; Earth Station plans to join together with a leading team of 24 other female brewers, Heriot-Watt University students and lecturers to celebrate the craft, creativity of past, present and future female brewing.

Heriot-Watt currently offers the first and longest running degree on Brewing and Distilling, where 50% of the lecture staff are female.

The team of professional female brewers will work closely with a new generation of brewers from Heriot-Watt, who currently offer the first and longest running degree on Brewing and Distilling, where 50% of the lecture staff are female.5200218267_c1f27410bd_b

Assistant Brewing Professor Rachel Sutherland at the university praised the collaboration and said;

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our female students to collaborate with some of the leading female figures within the craft beer industry.’

‘Beer has, throughout history, been crafted by women and our students are proudly upholding this tradition, showing the next generation what they can look forward to.’

The limited edition beer will be will be available at beer festivals across the country, hosted by We Are Beer, a company who aim to promote modern beer, bringing breweries, beer lovers, musicians and brands together to celebrate the diverse and dynamism of modern brewing culture.

Founder of We Are Beer, Greg Wells, who commissioned the collaboration project, said;

The kettle sour will be available at each of We Are Beer’s festivals in Edinburgh, London and Bristol, and will later be released in small, limited edition multi packs.


Edinburgh craft beer festival


Edinburgh’s first ever craft beer festival is set to take place on the last weekend of May and will showcase some of the finest breweries world wide as representatives will travel from afar to join the festival.

Edinburgh’s creative open space the Biscuit Factory is set to host the city’s first festival of this kind and the event will showcase no less than 200 craft beers from superstar craft brewers around the world. Journeying from all corners of the world from as far as New Zealand, America and Europe to arrive in Edinburgh the multicultural event will celebrate only the finest and best of beer.

Greg and Dan, the proud event organisers have hand picked the complete line-up and are excited to announce that this will include international breweries such as Lervig, Firestone Walker, Kernel as well as more locally breweries such as Thornbridge and Brewdog.

Scotland’s first global craft beer gathering will be the first of its kind in terms of the talent it will showcase and the somewhat 3000 people that are estimated to attend the event. More than 200 beers will be available to taste during the weekend some of which are classics returning to centre stage once again whilst many are newcomers to the market and are showcasing their products for the very first time. With some festival specials among them, those purchasing their early bird tickets are certainly in for a treat.


Top 5 Craft Beers

Brewdog: Elvis Juice

Showcasing some new epic brews, Brewdog are expanding their exciting range and this is certainly among the favourites. Crammed with pithy grapefruit and orange, this toasty IPA will most definitely get your taste buds tingling.

Firestone Walker: Bravo

This American brown ale is brewed using the hop variety ‘Bravo’ and is then aged for a year in a bourbon barrel. The barrel-aged beer is one of the driest beers yet but is brought to life by its malty freshness.

Yeastie Boys: Pot Kettle Black

Dark as the night and malty rich this warm and hoppy beer has paved its way successfully along the coasts of New Zealand, leaving in its wake many affectionate followers.

Pohjala: Must Kuld Colombia

Some of the most exciting craft beers will grace the spotlight of the event. This rich, dark coffee porter is a divine blend of tastes: milk chocolate, raspberries, vanilla and a hint of honey.

Fallen Brewing: New World Odyssey

This spicy blend of fresh fruitiness and a crisp citrusy note are all the right components to make this a refreshing, easy drinking lager.

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