What’s On

Edinburgh has a vibrant vegan scene, with lots of events happening in Scotland’s capital every month. Whether you’re into activism, supper clubs or just fancy a browse around a vegan-friendly market, there is pretty much something for everyone.

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Caravan of Courage at Christmas at the Botanics
Image credit: Caravan of Courage

Caravan of Courage @ Christmas at the Botanics

Thursday 17 November – Sunday 4 December (Wednesday to Sunday)
Wednesday 7 December – Friday 30 December (Every day)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Inverleith Row EH3 5LR

Three cheers to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh who has enlisted the epic vegan Caravan of Courage as one of their street food vendors for this year’s Christmas at the Botanics!

Options include:

  • Hot Oreo melts
  • Garlic fries
  • Non-alcoholic mulled cider
  • Vegan nuggets
  • Falafel bowl

Enjoy delicious vegan scran as you walk around the gardens and enjoy the magical sparkling lights.

Vegan satan burger by the Sly Fox at Leith Vegan Quarter, Edinburgh

Leith Vegan Quarter

First Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm (next market Saturday 3 December)
Leith Market, Dock Place, EH6 6LU

Grab a treat for yourself at this month’s Leith Market Vegan Quarter. Previous stallholders include Faceplant Foods, Herbivore Kitchen, Rawsmary, Planet Kuku, Vegan Tipples, Sly Fox and many many more. Read our Vegan Street Food Guide to find out what to expect at these markets, and follow Leith Market’s Facebook page for this month’s lineup.

Chilli & Mint: Indian Home Cooking from A British Kitchen

Thursday 8 December, 6pm
Waterstones Edinburgh, 128 Princes Street, EH2 4AD

Head to Waterstones this December for a vegan cookery demonstration and talk with author Torie True to celebrate their publication of Chilli & Mint.

(Note: I don’t think all the recipes in the book are vegan, however according to the event information, the recipes she will demonstrate on the night will be).

Tickets are £10 and available on Eventbrite.

Vegan wine at Vegan Tipples wine tasting evening

Vegan wine tasting

Friday 9 December, Saturday 10 December
24 Forth Street, Leith EH1 3LH

Join Susan from Vegan Tipples for some vegan wine tasting. This fun, intimate evening includes tasting six vegan wines, with lots of nibbles to enjoy on the side. And all for a ticket price of just £15. Email Sue directly to book

Follow Vegan Tipples on Facebook or Instagram to be the first to find out the next date!

Rum sitting on a table with doughnuts at Summerhall Drinks Lab
Image: Summerhall Drinks Lab

Vegan Rum and Doughnuts

Friday 9 December and Friday 23 December (special festive session!)
Summerhall Drinks Lab, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Join the experts from Summerhall Drinks Lab on a sweet voyage around the world of rum and doughnuts. Indulge your sweet tooth and taste rum from Scotland and the rest of the world, perfectly paired with delicious plant-based doughnuts from Considerit Chocolate.

You’ll start by shaking up a tasty rum cocktail, and over the course of an hour you’ll discover a range of delicious rum and doughnut pairings, learn about the interesting, complex and often controversial history of rum, and Scotland’s role in its global trade. Your rum and doughnuts will come pre-boxed, so any leftovers are yours to take home.

Find out more and book on the Summerhall Drinks Lab website.

Cupcakes at the Scottish Vegan Festival, Edinburgh

Scottish Vegan Festival

Sunday 23 April, 10am – 5pm
The O2 Academy (AKA Corn Exchange), 10-11 New Market Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ

The Scottish Vegan Festival is returning to Edinburgh on Sunday 2nd April 2023 for an event hosting all-vegan stalls selling food, drinks, crafts, clothes, cosmetics, and gifts as well as stalls and talks from other animal rights charities and speakers.

VIP tickets are available from scottishveganfestival.com for £15. These come with early entry, a goodie bag, and help to support Farplace Animal Rescue even more

Standard tickets are £4 and are available in advance on the website or on the door. Under-16’s go free.

All profits raised by the festival go directly to Farplace Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary.

Vegan Runners in Holyrood park, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Vegan Runners

Every Tuesday
Meet in the Meadows, Edinburgh

Vegan Runners is a UK-wide group, but we have a local contingent here in Edinburgh which is quickly growing in popularity.

They meet in the Meadows every Tuesday evening, and do the local ParkRun once a month (pictured). All ages and abilities are welcome to this very friendly group.

Find out more on their Facebook page: Vegan Runners UK Edinburgh.

The vegan Edinburgh meetup group at Naked Bakery

Vegan Edinburgh Meetup

Events throughout the year

Would you like to meet like-minded vegans in Edinburgh? Our relaxed group regularly throws meetup events in vegan and vegan-friendly venues across the city.

Find us on Meetup to find the dates and locations of our upcoming events. We hope to see you soon!

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