Thursday, 30 May 2013

Edinburgh Events: Things To Do In June


1st & 2nd June / The Meadows, EH9 1LB / 10am-6pm / Free
As if you need an excuse to visit The Meadows while it's sunny, this weekend the Meadows Festival returns for another year. There'll be two stages with live music (run by Red Dog Music), food stalls, and plenty of stalls with clothes, antiques and bric a brac. I picked up some great items last year (some cute vases, old annuals, a dress, and vintage suitcases to lug it all home) so am looking forward to visiting again. And, even if you can't find anything you like, at least you'll have had a nice walk around the Meadows.

Friday 7 June / Love Crumbs, 155 West Port / 7-9pm / £10
Baking and booze - a winning combination if ever we've heard of one. Our favourite lady bakers Lovecrumbs will be pairing their mighty fine baking skills with Innis and Gunn's beers for an evening of boozy cakes and beer tasting. Their bakes are among the best and most inventive you'll find in Edinburgh so you can expect some delicious treats from them as well as trying some of I&G's Rum Finish, Irish Whiskey Cask, Original, and fruit beer range Melville's. You can pick up tickets for the event at Lovecrumbs, which gives you an excellent excuse to have some cake while you're there.

National Sweden Day Party / Midsummer
Hemma / 75 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AE and Victoria / 265 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD
We don't really need an excuse to visit one of our favourite bars but celebrating the national day of one of the best looking nations is a pretty good one, especially as there will be Aquavit tasting, Swedish food and drink (I'm hoping for some Princess cake and saffron buns) and live music. For more Swedish fun times, there'll be a Midsummer Party at Victoria Bar on Friday 21 June. This used to be held at sister bar Sofi's, but it was just getting too big so expect some crazy Scandinavian excitement later in the month too!

Opens Friday 7 June / Venues across Leith
Edinburgh loves a festival so it does and you can be well ahead of the season by starting with the Leith Festival. There are plenty of family friendly events, live music, theatre, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and some intriguing sounding walking tours. The Wild Side of Leith's History walking tour sounds particularly interesting (though I saw plenty on the Sunday night after the cup final and I imagine you'll see more at the Tea Dance being held at Port O Leith too). A lot of the events are at unique venues such as Thomas Morton Hall (an old art deco theatre behind the library), Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Cruz (the bar on a boat) and Leith Links.

Friday 28 June / InSpace, 1 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB / 8:30 for 9pm
We're huge Studio Ghibli fans and Spirited Away is one of their best known films and one of our favourites. Featuring a spooky abandoned funfair, dragons, witches and jumping sootballs, it's like a more surreal Alice in Wonderland but funny and very sweet with it. It's being shown at the super modern InSpace and it's going to be a multi-sensory joy, with Gorilla Perfume (Lush's perfumerie branch) providing olfactory infusions, cocktails from mixologist Paul Tvaroch of Lounge Bohemia (you can find out more about their amazing events here) and Edinburgh's Jelly and Gin will be providing small snacks at key moments of the film. Jelly and Gin were previously responsible for the super popular guerilla dining experience Burgher Burger so you can be sure they'll be making something special. Bookings for the event open on 18 June and will sell out quick so pop a reminder in your diary for this one!

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