Edinburgh is getting into festival mood with the foodies taking centrestage next week.
Edinburgh Food Festival kicks off in Assembly George Square Gardens on 25 July when more than 20 top local food and drink producers will welcome visitors.
Among those at the free five-day event are Edinburgh’s Thinking Chocolate, Alandas Scottish Seafood from East Lothian and Berwickshire’s Jarvis Pickle pies.
Drinks brands include Fyne Ales from Argyll and Portobello’s Bellfield Brewery.
Edinburgh’s Miód Raw Honey Co. will also be unveiling a special glass beehive to offer people the chance to learn more about bees and honey.
Festivalgoers will also be entertained will be a series of talks and demos taking place in the gardens’ Piccolo Tent. Taking to the stage to talk all things food and drink is a range of key industry figures; including Author and Whisky Consultant, Blair Bowman.
Canadian-British artist and filmmaker, Zev Robinson, will be screening two of his specially selected short films on Saturday 28 July. ‘The Black Isle’ will offer a glimpse into local food production in the Scottish Highlands, and ‘Fish in the Sea’ will help people learn more about sustainable fishing on the west coast of Scotland.
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen will be presenting ‘Cocktails and Conversation – The Art of Mixology’, on Friday 27 Jul, in a discussion on the ever-growing cocktail scene in Edinburgh, and demonstrate the fine art of mixology.
On Sunday 29 July Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador to Scotland, with Campbells & Co Smoked Salmon, will take whisky lovers on a journey through the single malt.
Festival organisers have teamed up with Edinburgh-based Poco Prosecco to stage the capital’s first Prosecco Pong Contest, with a fresh take on the traditional ping pong ball drinking game played across the world.
The VW cocktail and mocktail bar, Beetle Juice, will be also be running a fruit juice pong contest, including a chance to win a range of refreshing mocktails.
Sharon Burgess, managing director of Assembly Festival and Edinburgh Food Festival, said: “We’re really excited to be showcasing the biggest and best line-up of Scottish food and drink stallholders yet, including Edinburgh’s Ting Thai Caravan, which is new for 2018.
“It’s free for all, so bring your friends and family and kick off Edinburgh’s brilliant festival season in good taste.”
Edinburgh Food Festival has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014, hosting top industry figures such as Carina Contini, Shirley Spear, Tom Lewis, Guy Grieve and Neil Forbes. The event welcomed more than 25,000 visitors last year.
For talk times and further information visit www.edfoodfest.com
Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky will make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month with an interactive event series exploring the traditions behind Scotland’s slowest whisky stills.
Taking place on selected dates from 3-26 August at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Castlehill, ‘Unhurried – Glengoyne’s Inefficient Tradition’ will use cutting-edge projection mapping technology to take whisky enthusiasts on an immersive journey into the heart of Scotland’s slowest stills.
Hosted by Fringe veteran, ex-BBC broadcaster and comedy writer, Gordon Dallas, this 50-minute-long event looks deep into Glengoyne’s dedicated traditions, adding a healthy splash of humour and, of course, a generous measure or two of whisky.
During the show, whisky aficionados and beginners alike will have the chance to taste the results of Glengoyne’s unhurried traditions in three distinct drams of single malt whisky, each paired with Scottish taster dishes.
Katy Macanna, brand manager for Glengoyne, said: “We are delighted to be holding our first event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer with Unhurried – Glengoyne’s Inefficient Tradition, which is a light-hearted look into Glengoyne’s astonishing stories and ways of whisky making. At Glengoyne, we proudly run the slowest stills in Scotland, and we’re looking forward to explaining why.”
Carina Contini, owner of Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, said: “There are few places more exciting than Edinburgh during the Fringe.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming whisky fans from Edinburgh and around the world.”