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Dundee Food Festival FAQs

General Enquiries

What are the festival dates?

The Dundee Food Festival is a two-day event, taking place on

  • Saturday, July 6th
  • Sunday, July 7th

What time is the festival?

The Festival Hub at City Square and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone are open;

Saturday 10am – 7pm

Sunday 11am – 6pm

Find other event-specific times on the festival website: www.dundeefoodfestival.com

Where is the festival?

The festival takes place across multiple venues, with the main Festival Hub at City Square and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone, both free to access from 10am – 7pm Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday. 

Other festival locations include;

  • Dundee Waterfront
  • V&A Dundee
  • Discovery Point
  • Central and Broughty Ferry Library
  • Brawtea Café, Broughty Ferry
  • The McManus
  • DCA
  • Verdant Works
  • Waterstones bookshop
  • Apex Hotel
  • The Malmaison hotel
  • Temple Lane Bar

To find out more programme information visit the festival website: www.dundeefoodfestival.com

What’s happening at the Festival?

Take a look at our Festival At a Glance Programme lineup for a list of times and events on the website: www.dundeefoodfestival.com

Is the event free to enter?

The Festival Hub at City Square, Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone, and Dundee’s Waterfront are all free to access with lots of free activities available.  Most of the festival is free with some events ticketed.  To find out more visit the festival website ‘What’s On’ page and select your event for details:  www.dundeefoodfestival.com

Can you tell me more about the food and drinks available?

The festival boasts a wide variety of options to satisfy all taste buds:

  • Hot & Savory: Pizza, Pies, an array of street food, salads, vegan and gluten-free options
  • Sweet Treats: Ice cream, cakes, and pastries
  • Drinks: Coffee, tea, fruit wine, local beers and spirits, and cocktails (including sustainable options)
  • Local Specialties: Look out for berries and produce from local farms!

Where can I find the festival map?

You can find a map, showing the locations of festival activities on the festival blog: www.dundeefoodfestival.com

Will there be restrooms and baby-changing facilities?

Yes! Event toilets with baby changing are available at the Festival Hub in City Square and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone.  There are also toilet facilities located within the Overgate Shopping Centre and at the Dundee Cycle Hub at the Waterfront.

Are there any accessible toilets available?

There sure is!  Accessible toilets (with baby changing) are available at the Festival Hub in City Square and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone.  There are also toilet facilities located within the Overgate Shopping Centre and at the Dundee Cycle Hub at the Waterfront.

Where is the nearest Changing Places toilet facility?

A changing places toilet facility can be found within V&A Dundee Museum.  

Are dogs permitted at the Festival Hub and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone?

Yes, well-mannered dogs on a lead are warmly welcomed.

Travelling to the Festival

How accessible is the event for those using public transport, bicycles, or with disabilities?

The festival is very accessible!

By Public Transport:

Dundee is well-connected by bus and train, making it easy to reach the festival from near and far. Plan your journey in advance using local transport services and enjoy a stress-free trip to the heart of the action.

More information on bus and train routes and times can be found here:

Local buses: https://www.xploredundee.com/

Outer City Buses:





Train Tickets | Times & Timetables | Fares in Scotland https://www.scotrail.co.uk/

By Bike or On Foot:

Why not embrace the beautiful scenery of Dundee and arrive at the festival by bike or on foot? Take advantage of dedicated cycle routes and pedestrian pathways to enjoy a leisurely journey to our festival venues. Secure bike parking will be available onsite for your convenience.


By Carpooling:

Share the journey and reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling with friends, family, or fellow festivalgoers. Coordinate your travel plans and enjoy the festival knowing you’ve made a positive impact on the environment.


Traveling sustainably to the festival? Fantastic! Use our official hashtag #PlayMyPartDFF to share your eco-friendly journey with others. Whether you’re cycling, walking, carpooling, or taking public transport, your efforts contribute to a greener, more sustainable festival experience. Let’s make a positive impact together!

Is there parking available?

Yes, there is free car parking available throughout the festival weekend at both Olympia and Greenmarket Multistorey car parks. However, these car parks can get busy, so it’s advisable to arrive early to secure a spot.  Additional car parking locations can be found at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/parking-information/parking-charges-and-locations.

What about the Low Emission Zone (LEZ)?

The Dundee LEZ Scheme came into enforcement on 30th May 2024.  This means only certain vehicles meeting specific emissions standards are permitted to enter the zone. You can find more information about the LEZ on the Dundee City Council website: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/city-development/sustainable-transport-and-roads/dundee-low-emission-zone-scheme-lez.

Festival Essentials

Where can I find a cash machine near the festival?

Here are a few ATMs located near the Festival Hub:

  • ATM: Located at 24 High St. (next to City Square)
  • ATM Bank of Scotland: Located at 65-69 Murraygate (close to City Square)
  • ATM: Located at 47-49 Reform St. (short walk from Slessor Gardens)

Many stalls will accept card payments also.  

Will there be water refill points?

Absolutely! There are public water points available for refilling your water bottle at both Slessor Gardens and in the Murraygate next to the Festival Hub in City Square.

Find the locations by using the locator: https://www.yourwateryourlife.co.uk/find-my-nearest-tap/

Can I drink alcohol at the festival?

Alcohol consumption is only permitted within the festival’s designated licensed area at the Festival Hub in City Square. Drinking alcohol in public spaces outside this area is not allowed and goes against festival bylaws.  Please do not bring your own.

Alcohol can be purchased at the Festival Hub’s bar, run by Temple Lane and 71 Brewing, and consumed within City Square only.

Are there any seats at the Festival Hub and Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone?

Yes!  You will find a chill-out zone at the Festival Hub with a mixture of hay bales and bench seating.  There are also hay bales and some blankets available at Slessor Gardens but be quick to nab them!

How do I contact the Festival Team?

If you have a question that has not been answered, please contact the festival team at dundeefoodfestival@dundeecity.gov.uk.  We are monitoring the festival inbox over the weekend and will get back to you. 😊 Enjoy your weekend!