Few of the very best days out go by without the involvement of food and drink. When we think of Wimbledon, we think of strawberries and cream and many of our best childhood memories no doubt focus on a family picnic.
Gardening Scotland is no different. This year, Scotland’s Outdoor Living Show, which takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, has a real focus on gastronomic as well as gardening delights.
The Cookery Theatre will play host to a range of well known chefs demonstrating some delicious and inspiring recipes using the very best Scottish produce, and there will also be a dedicate Cookery Theatre for children within the Big Back Garden family area, hosting cookery workshops where children can get involved.
Other parts of the show, including The Living Garden exhibition and some of the Show Gardens, will be demonstrating how you can grow your own delicious produce, from herbs to fruit and vegetables, for your own kitchen.
If shopping is your thing, then the Food Fayre offers a superb range of over 30 food and drink related exhibitors selling tasty treats to buy and take home.
For an even more relaxing day out, why not use public transport instead of driving so that you can enjoy a refreshing treat at the Pimms or Champagne tents or from the wonderful range of outdoor catering providers? Alternatively, you can relax in style with a luxurious afternoon tea package.
Lothian Buses provide a dedicated shuttle service from Edinburgh city centre, making the trip from Edinburgh and Glasgow an easy one, and the Stagecoach Jet747 from Fife stops close to the showground.
Martin Dare, event organiser, said:
"A huge number of people who enjoy their gardens do so because of the opportunities for either outdoor dining or indulging in a passion for 'grow your own'. That's why Gardening Scotland is so delighted to be once again making the event a fantastic day out for foodies as well as for gardeners.
"Scotland boasts an outstanding natural larder and of course the nation's gardens make an enormous contribution to the larder of Scotland. Whether you grow herbs on your windowsill, a few vegetables in your shared garden or a host of things on your allotment or if you prefer to dine rather than dig outside, Gardening Scotland is the place to be."