It’s a women-led drinks festival that supports local charities and Leith businesses, what’s not to like?
As someone who lives in the EH6 postcode, this new festival is right up my street. Supporting two local charities, Projekt 42 and Citadel Youth Centre, Leith Chill Fest is the brain child of Emma Loane and Anna Christopherson, two big names in the Edinburgh drinks scene.
Kicking off on August 2nd, the new festival will be a welcome respite from the flurry and fervour of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Leith Chill Fest will run for a whole month in 18 of Leith’s best bars where signature cocktails will be on offer for £5 each. Many of the cocktails will have a local twist such as ‘Leith’s A Peach’ at Malmaison and ‘Love Thy Nobles’ at one of my favourite Constitution Street bars.
A proudly local festival, Leith Gin is the lead sponsor, but it isn’t a gin fest; so if you’re averse to it you can choose one of the rum, whisky or vodka cocktails instead.
As if I needed another reason to get behind this festival, you don’t even have to buy a cocktail to take part. August is an expensive month in Edinburgh, but the organisers have ensured that everybody can get involved by featuring a generous number of cocktail recipes on their website. How generous? Only all 18 of the signature drinks! So, go ahead, host a homemade Leith Chill Fest and ask your mates to drop a donation in a tub for the local charities.
My pick of the Leith Chill Fest recipes:
25ml Bacardi Carta blanca
25ml sugar syrup
4 lime wedges
10 mint leaves
Wristbands: what you need to know
- If you want to go all out and sample all of the cocktails over the month, make sure you buy a festival wristband.
- 60% of wristband proceeds go towards the two charities, Projekt 42 and Citadel Youth Centre.
- Showing your wristband will ensure you get signature cocktails for £5 and will give you access to masterclasses and events.