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Refreshing gin cocktails, al fresco dining and a chilled retreat from the city heat ….all are on the menu as guests are welcomed back to the Caorunn Summer Garden at Hotel Du Vin.
This beautifully handcrafted Scottish gin has taken over the Hotel Du Vin Courtyard, hidden away on Bristo Place, transforming it into a cool outdoor oasis – complete with a brand new menu of delicious Caorunn Gin cocktails designed for sipping in the warmer weather.
Open from 11am until 11pm every day until mid-September, guests can lounge in the relaxing courtyard space and enjoy drinks from Caorunn’s beautiful apple-strewn wooden bar, as well as a menu of sandwiches, grilled dishes and light bites from the Hotel du Vin kitchen.
Caorunn’s classic ‘G&T’ made with Fever Tree Tonic and slices of red apple, served over ice, will be in high demand, alongside five picture-perfect cocktails created by Hotel Du Vin’s head Bartender to suit every taste.
Expertly mixed using fresh summery flavours such as elderflower, apple, violet and citrus, each cocktail has been designed to complement Caorunn’s clean, crisp, aromatic notes and is served with an adornment of beautiful fruits and flowers.
Blossom Tree – an exotic blend of Caorunn Gin, elderflower cordial, plum sake, lemon juice, Crème de Mure and soda water
Apple & Ginger – a classic combination, mixing Caorunn Gin with the sweet spicy notes of ginger syrup and fresh apple juice
Violet Lemonade – the sparkling refreshment of homemade lemonade, with Caorunn Gin and a dash of Crème de violette
Frozen Apple Blush – an iced zesty option for a hot day! Caorunn Gin with pressed apple juice and lemon juice, delicately sweetened with gomme syrup
Frozen Citrus Cup – another iced option, this time blending Caorunn Gin, Campari, fresh lemon, orange juice and gomme syrup
Scattered with Caorunn cushions and cosy fleece blankets for cooler evenings, the Caorunn Summer Garden will also serve up a programme of live acoustic music, entertainment and barbecue evenings over the summer months.
Caorunn Summer Garden, Hotel Du Vin, 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm every day. Entry is free, booking not required.
www.caorunngin.com / @CaorunnGin
Last month at 85 South Bridge, Edinburgh - Mono restaurant opened, focussing on creating a complete experience. In doing so, the restaurant aim to highlight the relationship between raw nature, the ingredients and their cultural history.
The research lab is directed by Michelin star experienced Chef Zielinski, alongside Italian foodie Joseph Crolla and his sensational team. You can expect to encounter a multi-sensory experience; visual, textual, sound, and all kinds of stimuli, as well as a good dose of contemporary classic synthesis on what they love most: Food.
Simplistic and natural interiors, complementing the effortless and fresh cuisine that follows the roots of culinary principles in Italy: excellent quality ingredients, honest cooking and the belief that food is culture.
Their aim: to deliver tasty Italian food with a progressive approach; locally sourced foods, prepared with modern Italian flare. No muss, no fuss. Simplicity with quality comes first, beneath lies only great expectations. All this research combines to create – Mono
85 South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1HN
There’s something for everyone at the forthcoming Scotland Vegan Festival from Vegan Events UK on Saturday 14th July. This new event is being held at Hampden Park, the famous national stadium of football in Scotland. It includes a feast of mouth wateringly delicious food, over 100 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children's activities running throughout the day.
Food on offer includes a varied and exciting array of plant-based hot and cold dishes, including Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Greek, Hotdogs, Burgers, Street Food, Raw Food and Gourmet Food! And the famous pies at football stadiums won’t be missing – Cool Jerk Vegan Pies and The Pie Parlour & Bakery both offer a fantastic array of pies, including Hamish’s Haggis and Mash Pies, Mince & Gravy, Mac & Sheese and gluten free.
There will also be a huge range of pasties, cakes, chocolates, cookies, doughnuts, sandwiches and salads to take away as well as alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. Plus there are lots of exciting foods and other products not available in the shops.
And there’ll be a great selection of non food stalls at the event selling a wide variety of items including fashion, footwear, jewellery, beauty and skincare products, candles, crafts, clothing, footwear, homeware, gifts and charity merchandise.
As well as stalls to look round, there will also be a wide range of free food samples to try, live music, inspirational talks, live cookery demonstrations, workshops and children’s activities running throughout the day from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Festival Organiser Victoria Bryceson says, “With the vegan lifestyle really starting to go mainstream there’s a massive demand for vegan-friendly events. The Scotland festival is set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply vegan-curious. The idea behind the festival is to educate and inform everyone about the vegan lifestyle and offer support to anybody who would like it.”
Going vegan has transformed Victoria’s life; “I’ve never felt happier and healthier,” she says. She started the festival with the aim of promoting animal welfare and how to live a more ethical and healthy lifestyle. “There will be several animal welfare charity stalls raising awareness of their causes. For anybody who would like to get involved with volunteering this is an ideal place to talk to lots of different charities and gather information, and all the stall holders are happy to talk to people and answer any questions.”
The festival is run in partnership with animal welfare charities including Miracle's Mission. “It’s all about trying new things and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities,” continues Victoria. “Cutting out meat and dairy from your diet is easier than you might think and many people are increasingly looking for alternatives as they want to live more healthily and ethically. They want to find out more about the new innovative foods and recipes now available and want to do it affordably. Our festival will educate people on how to do all of this.”
And the festival also helps local homeless people, whilst helping reduce food waste at the same time. Stall holders are asked to donate any surplus food at the end of the festival, and a group of volunteers distributes it to homeless people after the event, providing a hot meal as well as cold dishes.
Scotland Vegan Festival takes place on 14th July 2018 between 10:30am and 4:30pm at Hampden Park, Glasgow G42 9BA.
Entry is just £3 (under 16’s free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets are purchased at the door on the day.
VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers can be purchased in advance but sell out quickly.
For more information please visit www.veganeventsuk.co.uk or www.facebook.com/VeganEventsUK
Our review of the Grand Cafe at the Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh is now live on the website here.
As a wee bit of fun you'll find fourteen newspaper titles in the article, let us know in the coments if you find them all...!
You know how we like supporting our local businesses, we have our milk delivered, our fruit and veg comes from the wonderful Hogan's Fine Foods and we do enjoy trying out the best eateries in Central Scotland, just as much as we like visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow.
But it's not just restaurants that central Scotland has going for it. The Helix is yet another jewel in a Falkirk’s increasingly glittering crown, and every Sunday you can take your little persons for a Junior Park Run around the lagoon in a family friendly 2k jaunt. In a wonderful setting you can get some gentle exercise, great for burning off any extra calories (perhaps from eating out too much) and let your little ones burn off some of their energy. For the past few months the volunteers running this event have been raising money to buy a defibrillator, as surprisingly there isn't one in the park, the nearest is down at the Kelpies. They have now collected over a thousand pounds and are within touching distance of the target.
So where does the Big Mac come in? Given our local focus you may have been as surprised as we were when global giant McDonald's invited us into one of their restaurants to have a go at making one of their best known burgers, (you can read about it here.)
Well we were lucky enough to be paid actual real money for this experience and that arrived earlier this month, so we've decided to give half of it to the fundraising effort get it one small step closer to the finishing line. So there you go, that's how a Big Mac may help save your life!
Edinburgh Cocktail Week have announced their plans for this year’s event, Monday 15th – Sunday 21st October, which include a huge 750 square meter ‘Cocktail Village’ at Festival Square on Lothian Road, a 'Secret Spirits Study' masterclass hub & bar on Queens Street, over 80 of the city’s favourite cocktail bars, and a week-long program of events & parties across the capital.
The growth of the festival from 3 to 7 days follows the popularity of last year’s inaugural Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend.
Just like last year, all signature cocktails featured during the event are available to wristbands-holders for £4 each, with wristbands priced at £6 for a weekday band (valid Monday to Friday) and £8 for a weekend band (valid Saturday and Sunday).
The Cocktail Village is free to enter for wristband-holders and will be the epicentre of this year’s festival, where festivalgoers will collect their wristbands and free copy of the ECW Guide before enjoying £4 signature cocktails from 15 bespoke pop-up bars such as Edinburgh Gin, Belvedere Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, Ableforth’s Gin, Altos Tequila, Smokehead Whisky, Rock Rose Gin and many more. Giant trees, picnic tables, live music and DJs, grass flooring and potted plants, festoon lighting, heaters and a clear roof skylight will create an outdoor festival atmosphere for festivalgoers to hangout with friends and socialise with fellow cocktail enthusiasts in before setting off on their cocktail adventure around the city. The Cocktail Village is delivered in partnership with Purvis Marquee Hire Scotland.
The number of cocktail bars taking part in the event is also increasing from 50 to over 80 including Harvey Nichols, Baba, The Voyage of Buck (recent winner of Scotland’s Most Stylish Cocktail Bar), Black Ivy, The Permit Room at Dishoom, Tigerlily, Finn & Bear, The Printing Press, Miss Woo's, The Refinery and Tonic, stretching further across the city as far as Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry. This expansion follows organisers’ plans to create clusters of bars in more residential areas – Leith, Stockbridge, Broughton and Bruntsfield – spreading footfall and allowing wristband-holders to experience Edinburgh Cocktail Week without having to travel into the city centre.
Another exciting addition to this year’s event is 'The Secret Spirits Study' pop-up on Queens Street, hosted by Wemyss Malts and Darnley’s Gin. The exact location is being kept a closely guarded secret just now, but wristband-holders can look forward to a program of cocktail making, gin and whisky masterclasses during the day where they will sample and learn how to create classic cocktails or their own gin or blended whisky before getting hands-on to shake-up their own creation to bottle and take home. Masterclasses are one hour long and attendees are invited to stay afterwards to enjoy £4 signature cocktails from the bar. In the evening the venue will become an underground cocktail bar with a program of bar takeovers from top bartenders from across Scotland, who will showcase their skills and create a menu of signature cocktails for wristband-holders to enjoy in the lounge or underground arched bothy. Tickets for masterclasses and evening sessions will be on sale from September, with the secret location only being revealed to ticket-holders.
There will also be a program of events and parties throughout the week as brands and bars collaborate to host exclusive brand residency evenings across the city. Expect mini masterclasses, vibrant DJ sets, industry experts, free merch and some fancy cocktail flairing as brand ambassadors and local mixologists unite to shake, stir & strain a repertoire of creative cocktails. Tickets for events and parties go on sale in September, priced at £4 each and include a welcome signature serve.
A new ‘Official Bottle Shop’ partnership with Royal Mile Whiskies and Drinkmonger in Bruntsfield, offers wristband-holders exclusive discounts during and after the event – perfect for those looking to buy a bottle of their favourite brand they discovered during Edinburgh Cocktail Week, stock up on gifts for Christmas, or recreate signature cocktails at home. Royal Mile Whiskies are also the official on-trade supplier to participating bars.
And the benefits of an ECW wristband don’t end there: wristband-holders can also enjoy free entry before midnight to top late night venues including Opal Lounge, Shanghai, Lulu, and Edinburgh’s latest edition 4042, plus additional perks on dining, retail and beauty during the event.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week are proud to support Maggie’s Edinburgh as their official 2018 charity partner and hope to raise £2400 - the daily cost for Maggie’s to provide free support to people affected by cancer - by offering attendees the option to donate between £1 and £5 when purchasing wristbands online.
On sale now at www.edinburghcocktailweek.co.uk
Weekday (valid Monday – Friday) - £6
Weekend (valid Saturday & Sunday) - £8
Instagram - @edcocktailweek
Facebook - @edinburghcocktailweek
Twitter - @edcocktailweek
Hashtag - #ECW18
Rock Rose Gin
Royal Mile Whiskies
Purvis Marquees Hire Scotland
Cocktail Village illustration by Lydia Bourhill Illustration
Glasgow’s Indian street food specialist, Tuk Tuk is hosting the city’s only potluck celebration of Eid with a specially created menu and Bollywood dance classes.
Celebrated by Muslims worldwide, Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Tuk Tuk’s Eid potluck dinner takes place on Thursday 14 June with guests able to enjoy a special set menu for just £12. The Bollywood Dance Workshops are run by Nak-Shatra Dance & Events and take place from 5pm – 7pm and should be booked in advance.
The event takes place at Tuk Tuk’s restaurant on Sauchiehall Street. All ticket holders receive a choice of meat or vegetarian set menus with vegan alternatives available on request.
The meat set menu comprises:
1. Reshmi Silken Lamb Kebab: Juicy lamb kebab cooked on the griddle wrapped with a fried egg
2. Kochi Murghi Chicken Curry: Slow cooked chicken curry in a caramelised onion and yoghurt sauce topped with fried onions
3. Naani’s Chana Chatpati Salad: Naani’s favourite black and white chickpea salad style dish, sautéed potato with onions, fresh green chilli, finished with a hint of lime and lemon juice
4. Shahab’s Keema Biryani: Spicy minced lamb dish, with green peas fried in basmati rice
The vegetarian set menu comprises:
1. Paneer Fries: Paneer sticks dipped in a fiery hot batter then shallow fried
2. Bengali Soya Bean Bari Curry: Soya chunks cooked in a caramelised onion and yoghurt sauce topped with fried onions
3. Naani’s Chana Chatpati Salad: Naani’s favourite black and white chickpea salad style dish, sautéed potato with onions, fresh green chilli, finished with a hint of lime and lemon juice
4. Gobi Pilau: Fresh cauliflower and light spices cooked with fragrant basmati rice
The complete menu is included in the ticket priced at £12. Tuk Tuk allows guests to bring their own drinks (BYOB).
Tickets for the Eid potluck menu cost just £12. Guests can dine any time between midday and 10pm.
Tickets for the potluck menu including the Bollywood dance class cost £17.50 (plus booking fee) and take place 5pm – 7pm. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
In 2017, Tuk Tuk opened on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. An all-day dining experience, Tuk Tuk serves up authentic lunch time Tiffin lunch boxes for those on the go, before sashaying, Bollywood style, into the evening where sociable sharing dishes are the order of the day.
Tuk Tuk supports their charity partners Scottish Love in Action, which helps street children in India. This event is taking place at Tuk Tuk Glasgow restaurant only.
Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food, 426 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Tickets are now on sale via EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tuk-tuk-eid-pot-luck-dinner-tickets-44805260741
Tickets are now on sale for Tuk Tuk Bollywood Dance Class: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tuk-tuk-eid-bollywood-dance-workshop-tickets-45062954510
Social Media @tuktukstreetuk:
Several awards and ratings for new fine-dining restaurant
The new Restaurant with Rooms at The Lodge on Loch Goil has achieved outstanding grades and awards following its review by the acclaimed AA Guide. Achieving a 5 Star restaurant with rooms award and 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence in less than a month since opening surpassed all expectations. The addition of an AA Breakfast Award was an unforeseen addition to an overwhelmingly successful review.
Having seen his new venture described by the AA as “the perfect destination dining venue and
idyllic loch side location”, Managing Director of The Lodge on Loch Goil Iain Hopkins was
understandably surprised and delighted, “Our hugely talented kitchen team, including head chef Daniel Holleren, have worked tirelessly over the last few months, so to achieve these results so quickly is a testament to their talent and commitment”. He also added, “we also could not have done this without the support of our suppliers, providers and guests, so I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support and belief which will help us to keep striving to improve in the future.”
Having only opened the Restaurant on the 5th April this year, The Lodge on Loch Goil are
determined to use these awards as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, including:
• Weekend lunches at The Lodge, starting in May.
• Return boat trips from Glasgow to The Lodge for lunch
• Fine Dining Weddings
• Sponsorship of local woodlands popular for wild food foraging
• Masterclasses with Scottish Photographer David Eustace
The Lodge on Loch Goil is a Restaurant with Rooms and 5-Star Exclusive Use Venue located in
Loch Goil, Argyllshire. The Lodge has featured extensively in photoshoots, TV adverts and fashion magazines, due to both it’s unique setting on the shores of Loch Goil and the stunning
architecture of the venue itself. The main lodge building is a hunting lodge built in the Art & Crafts era and features period interiors. The extensive grounds also include a boathouse, a Scandinavian style Summerhouse and an iconic Treehouse.
The Lodge on Loch Goil
Lochgoilhead, Cairndow PA24 8AE
01301 703 193
The Lodge currently holds the following awards: Global Excellence Awards Best Luxury Wedding Venue Scotland 2017, Scottish Style Awards Most Stylish Hotel 2015-17 (current holders)Luxury Travel Guide Best Country House Hotel of the Year 2016, TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Top 25 Hotels for Families 2018
We are delighted to announce that Tron Bar & Kitchen will play host to a two-day celebration of all things vegan. After the success of the Vegan pop-up market event which took place earlier in 2018, Tron Bar & Kitchen will be holding a second Vegan pop-up market event on Thursday 19 April (5pm -8pm), followed by an exclusive Mediterranean Vegan Tasting Menu event on Friday 20 April.
Featuring over 10 of Scotland’s finest vegan food suppliers, the evening pop-up event will be another ideal opportunity for those looking to stock up on high-quality locally sourced vegan produce. Visitors will be able to enjoy live handpan music from samadhi soundscapes while they shop for vegan and ethical snacks and ingredients.
Confirmed suppliers for Thursday’s pop-up market include: Roaming Vegan Bakers, Roots, Fruits and Flowers, Cool Jerk Vegan Pies, Glasgow Distillery, In-Bloom, I-Zen Juices, Fry Coconut Island, Rawsmary, Choc-a-lot by Karuna, Glasgow Kimchi Co., Almighty Foods and Bottle of Ginger.
If you’re not still full, join them on Friday 20 April, when Tron Bar & Kitchen’s Executive Head Chef Mark Mackenzie will be developing an exclusively curated vegan menu. For one night only, enjoy the quintessential flavours of the Mediterranean in specially-developed plant-based dishes. From creamy charred courgette arancini to wild mushroom & Quorn ravioli, the Mediterranean Vegan Tasting Menu is bound to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike. So come on down and join in an unmissable two-day celebration of Scotland’s finest vegan fare.
The full menu available online at: http://www.tronbarandkitchen.co.uk/news-offers and the cost is a very reasonable £20 per head (£22.50 for wine pairings).
Tron Bar & Kitchen, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Do you have a young apprentice in your kitchen whose enthusiasm inspires the rest of the brigade? Maybe you are a youthful entrepreneur who is creating the latest in a long line of innovative Scottish food or drink? Well, to coincide with the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People (#YOYP), specialist food and drink insurer, NFU Mutual, has joined forces with industry leadership organisation, Scotland Food & Drink, to create a brand-new award, designed to bring forward inspirational stories of young people driving success within the Scottish food and drink industry.
The NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018, was launched at the Scotland Food & Drink conference in Glasgow today (Thursday), at which the focus theme was on looking ahead to ‘The World in 2030’. The award will open for applications on 1st May 2018, with the winners announced during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight in September.
The award seeks to highlight the inspirational food and drink stories being created by those aged between 16 and 26 who own, work or study within businesses in the food and drink sector, highlighting not only the enormous contribution that young people make to Scotland’s food and drink businesses, but also the importance of the sector to the wider economy.
How to Enter
The NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018 will be open for entries between 1st May and 31st July 2018. Entries, which should comprise the submission of up to 750 words and/or a short video, can be submitted online at www.fooddrinkfort.scot and you can nominate any individual between the ages of 16 and 26 who owns, works, or studies within a food and drink related business, organisation or institution. The winner will receive £500, with the two second and third place finalists receiving £300 and £200 respectively. Further details will be issued on 1st May via the NFU Mutual, Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight websites and on social media.
I'm sure many of you would agree, asta and wine is a match made in heaven. And from Friday 30th March, Quay Commons in Leith will be serving up a tempting menu of seasonal pasta dishes with incredible wines to match.
The bakery and cafe will be opening its doors on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner that promises to be relaxed, friendly and affordable.
Owner and chef Dale Mailley said:
Dale, who also operates The Gardener’s Cottage with business partner Ed Murray, has developed the evening menu to be adaptable to the seasons with dishes including Newhaven crab tagliatelle and pappardelle with mutton and tomato ragu being served during the launch period.
Situated on Commercial Street in an old bonded warehouse, Quay Commons operates 7-days a week as a bakery and cafe, as well as supplying numerous Edinburgh businesses with sourdough bread, cakes and pastries, distributed in their zero-emissions electric van.
There’s also a daily selection of organic fruit and vegetables for sale, found in the covered archway leading to the door, and an array of wines and spirits for guests to take home and enjoy.
Outside seating behind the building means morning coffee-drinkers and evening pasta-eaters alike can enjoy some fresh air when the weather allows.
92 Commercial Quay
Edinburgh EH6 6LX
Tel: 0131 677 0244
Reopening of refurbished North Bridge venue confirmed for early summer 2018
Well that is our spring break over and the SFR team is renewed and refreshed after a busy winter. We have sifted through the piles of emails (which someone forgot to put the Out of Office on) and found some truly wonderful news of openings and developments in the Scottish food and restaurant arena to look forward to as the days grow lighter and the rain a little warmer.
On of our favourites is definitely the news that the wonderful North Bridge located Scotsman building is about to have it's old Advertising Hall re-invigorated as an exciting new addition to Edinburgh's vibrant restaurant scene, with an independent dining and drinking venue set to open this summer.
Hotly tipped Scottish chef and Masterchef: The Professionals knockout week finalist Chris Niven has been unveiled as Executive Head Chef of The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar. Chris is currently building his team and developing a delicious, accessible all-day menu, which will showcase his love of vibrant dishes with bold flavours, made with the best seasonal Scottish produce.
The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will open its doors to guests after an extensive restoration, which will bring the beauty and traditional features of this historic Old Town building – opened in 1905 as the home of Scotsman newspapers - into the modern age.
Details of the interior design and menus are still under wraps, however the new venue promises to mix the historic past of its setting with the buzz of a vibrant contemporary café and bar. Chris is building a fifteen-strong kitchen team to help him craft unpretentious dishes which will take diners from early morning breakfasts and coffees through lunches, afternoon teas, dinners and all the way to late night cocktails and drams.
The ambitious Dundee-born chef (34) is a champion of carefully sourced Scottish ingredients and of the local Scottish restaurant scene. He is proud to have been mentored by some of Scotland’s best chefs in award-winning kitchens up and down the country throughout his career.
Having trained in Professional Cookery at Dundee College, Chris followed his passion for food with junior positions at a number of local hotels and restaurants before heading to St Andrews to work in the kitchens of the Golf Hotel, The Old Course Hotel and The Adamson.
He gained experience of menu development as Senior Sous Chef for the opening of Malmaison Dundee, before moving back to St Andrews for a spell at the two rosette restaurant at Rufflets Hotel. Chris then moved to Edinburgh to the renowned Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club as Executive Sous Chef, where he was in charge of two restaurants and up to 500 breakfasts each day. Latterly he has been Head Chef of the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen in Edinburgh’s George Street. During his tenure there, he progressed to the final stages of the 2017 Masterchef: The Professionals TV competition – an experience he describes as ‘stressful but incredible’- given he was cooking for some of his culinary heroes including Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti.
Commenting on this latest challenge, Chris said:
Joining Chris at The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar will be Kenny Arnott, who takes up the role of General Manager. Full plans for the launch will be unveiled in the coming weeks, as work continues behind the scenes to lovingly bring this former Scotsman public office back to life and we certainly can't wait to hear more as things progress!
Tron Bar & Kitchen are delighted announce our first event of the year, a VEGAN POP-UP MARKET evening on Wednesday 21 February (5pm-9pm). Featuring over 10 of Scotland’s finest vegan food suppliers, the evening pop-up event will be an ideal opportunity for those looking to stock up on high-quality locally sourced vegan produce. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music from Fox Star records while they shop for vegan goods.
Confirmed suppliers for the event include Kind Crusts, a Dennistoun-based café and catering operation specialising in innovative and sustainable food, completely free of animal produce. Popular Shawlands vegan café Soy Division will also be in attendance, as well as the Glasgow Kimchi Company. Based in Merchant City, Glasgow Kimchi Company produce handmade kimchi (a fermented Korean food) that is both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Music fans won’t be able to resist stopping at In Bloom, a long-awaited Nirvana-themed, plant-based café which opened in Maryhill last year. West End organic wholefoods staple Roots, Fruits and Flowers will also be in attendance, as well as Fair Trade Scotland who will be selling a wide range of unique, socially responsible products and gifts, from handbags to bamboo products!
If all that shopping gets you a bit thirsty, take advantage of the wide range of vegan drinks suppliers who will be showcasing their products. East End community enterprise Bottle of Ginger will be selling their nostalgic fizzy drinks, brewed in their Bridgeton headquarters. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, why not treat yourself to a tipple from Makar Gin or Thistly Cross Cider. If you’re still not full up, Tron Bar & Kitchen’s executive chef Mark Mackenzie will be developing an exclusively curated vegan menu for this one-off event. So come on down and join us for an unmissable evening of Scotland’s finest vegan fare.
For more information contact:
Olivia Carr, Press & Marketing Officer
0141 559 5307
Venue: Tron Bar & Kitchen, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Date: Wed 21 Feb, 5pm – 7pm
That's the first weekend of the Six Nations over. Although things didn't quite go the way we would have wanted, what a cracker it's been.
If you are already looking forward to next weekend, how about combining the rugby, with some of the best Scotland has to offer - all in the wonderful, and rarely open to the public Signet Library. Situated right on the Royal Mile, it is the venue for a celebration of the best of all that is Scottish - Culture, Entertainment, Craft, Food & Drink.
On the weekend of the 10th & 11th February the library will be hosting carefully curated list of some of Scotland's finest food and drink producers mixed with amazing Scottish craft designers and entertainers. The culinary creations of the likes of ‘Scoff’ and ‘Pies from the Jarvis Pickle Kitchen’ will be alongside liquid luminaries such as ‘Thistly Cross Cider’,‘Stewart Brewing’ and the ‘Scotch Malt Whisky Society’. There will also be various artisan craft traders selling a range of Scottish products, all accompanied by some traditional Scottish entertainment. All this and the Rugby game on a 4x3m screen or the pre game session on Sunday from 11am to 1h30 with transfer to Murrayfield by bus.
There are four separate sessions to choose from:
Saturday 10th February - 1300-1600
Saturday 10th February - 1630-1930 - SOLD OUT
Sunday 11th February - 1100-1400
Sunday 11th February - 1400-1730 - SOLD OUT
For more information head on over to: http://www.scottishfanfest.com/
If you fancy the chance to win two tickets to the Sunday afternoon session, check out our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/ScottishFoodReview
BRAZILIAN RODIZIO BAR & GRILL TO OPEN ON GEORGE STREET ON FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
Independent restaurant operators City District Group, founders of Fazenda Bar & Grill, have announced they will open their Edinburgh doors on Friday 23rd February.
A £2m refurbishment of the 7000 sq ft site on George Street will include 175 covers incorporating a bar of 40 covers, plus a private dining room with seating for 8 guests. The interiors feature banquette seating in tan leather upholstery with Brazilian flourishes reflected in the golden glow of traditional-style chandeliers. Wine is prominently displayed throughout restaurant, with dramatic displays forming a central theme.
The authentic gaúcho dining experience embraces rodizio, a unique Brazilian way of serving a variety of grilled meats carved at the table. For a set price, successions of prime cuts are served including chicken, lamb, pork and beef. A highlight is Fazenda’s signature picanha offering- a juicy, tender and flavourful cut from the cap of the rump, popular in Brazil. Fazenda ensures the experience is easy and enjoyable by allowing diners to eat at their own pace via a start/stop signalling system on every table.
Diners are also invited to visit Fazenda’s outstanding gourmet sides bar offering an extensive selection of salads, sushi, smoked salmon, fresh cut vegetables, cured meats, traditional Brazilian dishes, and more.
Wine is also a key ingredient of the Fazenda experience, with a carefully-curated wine list offering diners a perfect accompaniment to every cut of meat. Fazenda offers a selection of award-wining wines with a focus on South America, but also including some of the great players from the old world, ensuring guests experience a culinary journey they will not forget.
102 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 3DF