There’s a brand new festival coming to Leith this summer, and we can’t wait to get stuck in. Leith Chill Fest launches tomorrow, offering £5 cocktails across the neighbourhood for the whole month. Just a hop, skip and a jump from us here in Musselburgh, we’ve got a feeling we’ll be spending quite a lot of time in Leith during August!
Leith Chill Fest runs from 2 August to 2 September, offering a relaxed alternative to the Fringe in the city centre. If you fancy some peace and quiet – but still want to enjoy a bit of festival atmosphere – Chill Fest is the one for you.
To join in the fun, all you need to do is head to the Leith Chill Fest website and order yourself a wristband. Wristbands cost £5, and the proceeds go to two fantastic local charities – Projekt 42, a not-for-profit community gym and wellness centre, and Citadel Youth Centre, which provides the young people of Leith with learning, leisure, friendship and support services.
Once you’ve got your wristband, keep it with you all month so you can take advantage of the Leith Chill Fest deals. The festival have partnered up with 19 bars in Leith to offer special signature cocktails for just £5. Not only will you get to enjoy delicious discounted cocktails, you’ll also be supporting charity at the same time – win win!
Some of the bars taking part include Malmaison, Boda Bar, Finn & Bear, Roseleaf, The Lioness of Leith, Toast, Nobles and The Lord Nelson. As well as enjoying drinks in some of your favourite Leith bars, there are also a couple of new ones to check out – including The Barologist, The Black Fox by the Shore and Hemingway’s.
Each bar has created their own signature cocktail for Chill Fest, and there’s something to suit everyone. Whether you fancy something fruity, refreshing, smoky or sparkling, there’s sure to be something you’ll love. We particularly love the sound of the ‘Love Thy Nobles’ by Nobles Bar. If you fancy having a go at making it yourself, here’s the recipe:
37.5ml Love Gin
10ml Creme de Peche
15ml Blackcurrant puree
10ml Vanilla Gomme
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and mix well. Strain the cocktail over ice into a tumbler, and garnish with fresh blackberries and lime.
The best thing about Leith Chill Fest is that you can go at your own pace. If you fancy a quiet night catching up with your bestie in your favourite bar, just take your wristbands with you to enjoy £5 cocktails. Up for a bit more of a party? Gather your friends together and do a mini pub crawl across Leith, stopping in a few Chill Fest bars along the way. As the wristbands are valid for the whole month, you can go back as many times as you like to sip your favourite cocktail again, or work your way around all the bars to tick them off your list.
Will you be checking out Leith Chill Fest this August? Visit their website to find out all the details and order your wristbands: leithchillfest.com