Calling all lager lovers, IPA aficionados, porter experts and craft connoisseurs: the Craft Beer Experience is coming to Edinburgh 15th – 17th November. The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience promises to be a truly immersive beer event, taking over all three floors of the Assembly Roxy on Roxburgh Place to bring you a taste of the very best beers from Scotland, the UK and Europe.
The Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions over the three days with beers from over 20 breweries for visitors to taste, with some beers appearing in Scottish taps for the very first time. This event isn’t just for the beer geeks though, it’s for everyone who’s ever enjoyed a cold one at the end of the day.
Scotland has a long history of brewing beer, and the Assembly’s Main Hall will be a celebration of that 5,000 year tradition, with food and drink coming from some of Scotland’s best producers. The majestic columns of the Main Hall will be interspersed with 13 craft breweries from Edinburgh’s doorstep and beyond. From Edinburgh and Leith will be the unfiltered offerings of Pilot, and just beyond the bypass, braw seasonal stylings from Cross Borders in Dalkeith. Looking past the Lothians, 71 Brewing will be representing Dundee, with larger brewers Tempest and Six Degrees North also bringing bars. Completing the line-up from Scotland will be Alechemy, Barneys, Brew Toon, Fallen, Stewart Brewing, Top Out and more.
Also in the Main Hall, to line the stomach, there will be a range of traditional and not so traditional nourishing Scottish fare from Jarvis Pickle, Aye Love Real Food and Lost Bothy; and representing the other side of Scotland’s drinking habit; Musselburgh based Hickory Bars will be serving cocktails from its Botanical Garden Bar, with a drinks list showcasing the very best of Scottish craft spirits and the country’s distilling credentials.
Downstairs and in the venue’s atmospheric Snug Bar, the rest of Britain’s best breweries will be on show. From the North England will be Northern Monk and Magic Rock Brewery, with The Kernel and Camden Town Brewery representing London and the South. Tiny Rebel will represent Wales, with Boundary flying the flag for Northern Ireland. London based Cidersmith’s Cider will also be available. The seven breweries will make their own mark on the space, bringing classic pub games for entertainment including a pub quiz during each session. Behind the bar and Scottish drinkers will be able to taste beers they never have before, with brews making their way north of the border for the first time.
Next door to the Snug Bar in the Basement Theatres, drinkers will be able to enjoy a full programme of beer themed workshops and masterclasses. Visitors will experience beer in a different way with tasting notes and food pairings; get to know the men and women behind the cask with meet the brewer sessions; and even start their own brewing journey with home brew masterclasses. Seating in these events will be limited, and on a first come first served basis so guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Travelling the stone staircase to the Upper Theatre will take you to two of Europe’s most prestigious brewing countries. Belgium will show off distinctive Lambic style breweries, pouring beers from Belgium’s oldest Lambic brewery, Timmermans; and Germany will bring the Zeitgeist Bar, pouring three traditional German brews, including Fruh, Uerige, and the distinctive smoked 15th century Schlenkerla. As with the Snug Bar downstairs, the brewers will be bringing their own Belgian touch to the Upstairs Theatre to complete the experience.
The Craft Beer Experience has been developed by one of the passionate team who created the Craft Beer Revolution in previous years.
Across the three day event brewers from Scotland will be put to the test in Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience’s ReplicAle contest; a tournament of taste where brewers must create their own beer using ingredients provided by Scottish Maltster Bairds Malt in a brilliant display of the versatility of the drink and its creators. Beers will be judged in a blind tasting on flavour and aroma, and tested for its ABV and measured against the IBU scale, an international scale of bitterness in beer, to find the best balanced brew.
As well as some of the best beers from around the globe, the stone halls of the Assembly Roxy will be filled with the musical styling of local DJs, Two Guys, aka Ross Tolley and Craig West.
The Edinburgh Craft Beer Experience will run for five sessions between Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th November at Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU. Tickets include a specially designed schooner glass, a token towards your first beer, a full programme of events and brewers, as well as access to the demonstrations and masterclasses.
Sessions and masterclasses
5:30pm - 11pm £12
6.30pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
7.30pm - Meet and Taste Top Out Brewing
8.30pm – Meet and Taste Stewarts Brewing
Noon - 4:30pm £8
1.45pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
2.45pm - Taste six different beers with Beer 52's beer sommelier
3.45pm - Meet and Taste 71 Brewing
6pm - 11pm £14
6.30pm - Taste six different beers with Beer 52'sbeer sommelier
7.30pm - Scottish Craft Brewers Introduction to home-brewing
8.30pm - Timmermans - A journey into Lambic with Edward Martin
Noon - 5pm £14
12.45pm - Meet & Taste Heroes Vodka
1.45pm - Taste unique brews from a collaboration between Tiny Rebel and Flavourly
2.45pm - Meet and Taste St Andrews Brewing
6pm - 11pm £14
6.30pm – Meet and Taste Heroes Vodka
7.30pm - A journey into German beer with Joe Dick
8.30pm - Meet and Taste Barneys Beer
Tickets from craftbeerexperience.co.uk
Glasgow Vegan Festival this weekend (Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November) at Trades Hall of Glasgow, includes a feast of mouth wateringly delicious food, over 50 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, free food samples, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children's activities running throughout each day. And best of all, it’s a great opportunity to try new vegan food innovations before they even hit the store shelves!
Local exhibitors include The Nut Shack UK, a family run business based in Paisley, which produces uniquely flavoured peanuts by hand; yogi oils, created and inspired in the Yoga Studios of Glasgow, by yoga teacher Katrino; and Anderson Aromatics from Bothwell near Glasgow specialising in massage therapies and skincare for dry skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea and acne.
Vegan Events UK Festival Organiser Victoria Bryceson comments on this new, burgeoning food trend:
Other festival highlights include Welcoming Winter in the Mindful Way by Susie Hooper from Pause and Breathe; How to top up your ‘human energy’ by Jung Shim; Breaking the Chains: Advocacy for a Vegan Future by The Free Vegan Cookout; Taking care of yourself is one of the greatest things you can do for the world by Brent Shaub from Embody Wisdom Today; and Fifty actually lived years of veganism by Dan Strettle from Alternative Stores
The festival is run in partnership with animal welfare charities including Miracle's Mission.
The Glasgow Vegan Festival will also help local homeless people, whilst also helping to reduce food waste. 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.
Glasgow Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018 between 10.30am and 4.30pm at Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH.
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.
SWG3 TO HOST 2019 INSTALMENT OF 'DRAMS, DANCING, MUSIC AND SCRAN' ON SATURDAY JAN 26
Following a successful inaugural run at The Spree Festival in Paisley this October, next year's third National Whisky Festival at Celtic Connections is set to be the biggest and most ambitious instalment to date. And we can't wait!
This time around, popular Glasgow events complex SWG3 will be playing host on Saturday 26 January, offering two fantastic three and a half hour sessions of unique whisky tastings, incredible live music and plenty of delicious and hearty local scran to see you right.
Featuring over 30 exhibitors from some the most exciting names in whisky and with over 100 different whiskies to try - all of which are included in the ticket price - this is truly a whisky lover's paradise.
But don't be fooled, however, this is no stuffy, suit and tie affair. From seasoned palettes to adventurous newcomers, everyone is welcome. You won't be sniffed at for enjoying whisky your way, nor will you have to pay through the nose to sample some of the finest whiskies the world has to offer.
This is about having fun, coming in from the cold and celebrating our national drink together in great company. And while you don't have to wear even an inch of tartan - who wouldn't say no to a kilt or two!
Don't like Whisky? Never tried it? Have no fear, NWF has got you covered too. Their newly-added craft beer bar and wide selection of gins, bourbons and other spirits will be more than sufficient to keep even the most stubborn drinkers happy. However, we'd always encourage everyone to have a wee taste if they've never tried it - especially the day after Burns Night!
Tickets cost £37 and include:
- Entry to one of two sessions on Saturday 26 January (12pm-3.30pm or 4.15pm-7.45pm)
- Unique NWF branded Glencairn crystal nosing glass, to use on the day and take home
- Access to sampling over 100 different whiskies (and some cheeky other spirits)
- The official festival programme
- Two discount vouchers to be used at the festival bottle shop, provided by Good Spirits Co.
- Access to masterclasses within your session (to be booked separately)
- And last but by no means least - an incredible bill of live music programmed by the folks our at Celtic Connections
THE NATIONAL WHISKY FESTIVAL @ CELTIC CONNECTIONS
JANUARY 26, 2019
100 EASTVALE PLACE
Head over to their website for more info - nationalwhiskyfestival.scot
This event is 18+ only. This event is likely to sell out in advance - book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Please drink responsibly.
east PIZZAS are very excited to launch their new autumn menu. The menu features some of the best produce Scotland has to offer. There are no gimmicks, just high quality fresh, organic and local ingredients.
Their sourdough base is made of water, flour, and some naturally occurring yeast. Using quality Scottish ingredients from the following local suppliers they create Scottish sourdough pizzas:
• Kedar Cheese Company
• Peelham Organic Farm
• Phantassies Organic Produce
• Secret Herb Garden
• East Coast Cured
• Great Glen Charcuterie
• Aye Pickled East Coast Organics
The result is some pretty good looking pizza I'm sure you'll agree!
SOURDOUGH PIZZAS 10”
1. House marg £6.75 (V)
2. Olives, capers, chilli and basil £7.25(vegan)
3. Goats cheese, smoked tomatoes and salad £9(V)
4. Nduja, smoked mozzarella, cream and chilli £9.50
5. Chorizo, smoked mozzarella and oregano £9.50
6. Venison salami, Lanark Blue and caremalised onions £10
7. Spiced lamb salami, salsa verde, anchovy and goats cheese £11
8. Pancetta, Barwheys cheddar, cream, red onion, potato and rosemary £9.50
9. Truffle salami, mascapone, mozzarella, rosemary and garlic £11
10. Cherry tomatoes, stracciatella, mozzarella and basil £9 (V)
Gluten free option – a chickpea pancake base*
To book a table please contact email@example.com or call 0131 629 2430
Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to late; Friday to Sunday 12 noon to late
east PIZZAS: 7 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA @eastpizzas www.eastpizzas.com
Tweed Kettle on the Menu at St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow
For people living in Edinburgh in the 19th Century, Tweed Kettle would have been a staple dish. Allegedly brought to the city by a Kelso woman for her modest eatery, the dish became popular at ale houses as well as being sold on the streets of Edinburgh. From this week, St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow are serving a revitalised version of the dish as part of their new menu.
Tweed Kettle was a cheap and nutritious wild salmon dish made with foraged ingredients including lovage, sorrel, mace, potatoes, turnip and butter cooked together in a fish kettle and served a little like a soup or a pie filling. Chef James has refined the presentation, using the lovage and sorrel as a crust for the baked fish, and adding a splash of cream, some chanterelles and fresh peas for extra layers of texture and flavour.
St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow opened last year. It’s the second pub from the Fife-based brewery that recently revealed plans to open its fifth in Dundee this November - which at 8,000 square feet, will be one of Scotland’s largest craft beer bars.
At the frontline of modern Scottish hospitality brands, the company aims to create a new generation of welcoming bars that serve the best Scottish beer, gin and whiskies alongside a menu that celebrates the wonderful produce available in Scotland.
St Andrews Brewing Company Potterrow
32-34 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT
Tel. 0131 662 9788
Edinburgh Cocktail Week Reveal Over 80 Signature Cocktails and Full Programme of Events, Parties and Masterclasses Ahead of Next Month’s Festival
A Whisky Escape Room challenge, over participating 80 bars, a new Cocktail Village, a hidden Masterclass Hub, a Pornstar Martini Party, and distillery tours are just some of the highlights you can look forward to hopping between at next month’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week, 15th – 21st October, as they reveal their full programme of events and 82 signature cocktails.
Over 80 bars across the capital are taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Cocktail Week (30 more than last year) including Harvey Nichols, Tigerlily, Dragonfly, The Voyage of Buck, The Voodoo Rooms and The Grand Café, with each bar designing a unique Signature Cocktail which can be enjoyed for just £4 each with an ECW wristband - £6 for a weekday band (valid Monday to Friday) and £8 for a weekend band (valid Saturday and Sunday).
This year’s expanded format also sees the introduction of a new Cocktail Village at Festival Square, which is free to enter with a wristband. Enclosed within a marquee, the Cocktail Village will act as the social hub of the week-long cocktail celebrations, where attendees can meet up with friends and catch up over £4 cocktails from 15 pop-up bars such as Edinburgh Gin, Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain, Johnnie Walker, Rumbullion Rum, Belvedere Vodka and Poco Prosecco, plus a very special ‘Golden Ticket’ themed bar from The Pop Up Geeks. As well as lots of cocktails to try, there will also be live music, DJs and drop-in style masterclasses and tastings to keep revellers entertained.
Between sipping, sampling and socialising around the bars and Cocktail Village, there is also a programme of events, masterclasses and parties for wristband-holders to attend throughout the week, kicking off with a Pornstar Martini Party hosted by Absolut Vodka at 4042, Edinburgh’s newest late-night venue. Partying continues throughout the week as Altos Tequila host a sleepover themed party at Tonic with a menu of £4 ‘Agave Dream’ inspired cocktails to choose from. Entry to both events are free on a first-come basis and tables can be booked in advance by contacting each venue directly.
Thrill-seeking wristband-holders are invited to join Chivas Regal for a whisky themed Escape Room at Nightcap. Designed for both experienced and amateur whisky drinkers, attendees must use their senses to guide themselves through a labyrinth of flavour, collecting whisky along the way to unlock and create their own personalised blend at the end of the challenge, before enjoying a complimentary cocktail in the Nightcap Lounge.
Another exciting addition this year is 'The Secret Spirits Study' pop-up on Queen Street – a masterclass hub by day and underground bar by night, hosted by Wemyss Malts and Darnley's Gin. Those eager to sample and get creative can look forward to experiential masterclasses such as ‘Mixed Drinks Through the Ages’ which explores the past, present and future of cocktails through sampling and hands-on cocktail-making. Or take ‘A Liquid Journey’ and sample six botanical spirits to discover how they react with one another to form the award-winning Darnley’s Gin range, while ‘The Secret to Blending Whisky’ masterclasses take pupils on a laboratory style flavour tasting before crafting a personalised blend to take home. In the evening The Secret Spirits Study will transform into a hidden cocktail bar with a programme of bar takeovers with mixologists from across Scotland showcasing their skills to create £4 cocktails for wristband-holders to imbibe on in the lounge or underground bothy.
If a break from cocktails is needed, festival-goers can head along to The Empress of Broughton Street for a beer & whiskey pairing with Jameson Whiskey and local craft brewers Barney’s Beer, or be the first to take a tour of the Sweetdram distillery as it opens for the first time, exclusively for wristband-holders. Tour tickets cost £4 each and include samples of Sweetdram’s Escubac (described specifically as not a gin) and their Smoked Spiced Rum.
Local gin producers Pickering’s Gin are also joining in the cocktail debauchery with a collaboration with Brewhemia for a whirlwind week of food & gin pairings, ‘How to at Home’ cocktail classes featuring Pickering’s new Pink Grapefruit & Lemongrass Liqueur, plus tastings and competitions with co-founders Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell in the Brewhemia Boudoir.
And the fun and benefits of an ECW wristband don’t end there: wristband-holders can also enjoy a complimentary cocktail with beauty treatments at NOW by One Spa; promotions at the Official ECW Bottle Shops, Royal Mile Whiskies and Drink Monger; 50% off a ride with mytaxi; and free entry before midnight to Edinburgh’s top late-night venues Lulu, 4042 and Shanghai – visit the ECW website for T&Cs.
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Facebook - @edinburghcocktailweek
Twitter - @edcocktailweek
Hashtag - #ECW18
Top restauranteur believes launch of The Botany will spark a flood of openings in North Glasgow.
Alan Tomkins, one of Glasgow’s leading hospitality entrepreneurs, has chosen Maryhill as the location for his latest venture, The Botany.
The man behind a whole host of the city’s best-loved institutions, including Urban Bar & Brasserie, Vroni’s Wine Bar and Blue Dog, will open the Maryhill Road venue on Wednesday 12th September, alongside business partner Calum Lawson, who’ll be the owner on site.
The new bar and restaurant born from its previous incarnation, The Strathmore, which opened in 1877, will cater to Glaswegians on the hunt for the very best food and drink in a beautiful glasshouse setting, free from the pretence of fine dining.
The name pays homage to the tale of prisoners starting their journey to Botany Bay on the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal.
Alan, a former board director of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, believes this move could encourage more bars and restaurants to think outside the box and break free from the shackles of the West End.
The menu’s inspired by cuisines across the globe, while the look and feel of The Botany, which is just a stone’s throw from the Maryhill locks, elicits comparison to restaurants on the canals of Amsterdam.
Chef John Paul Lappin’s CV is a feast for the eyes with experience in some of Glasgow’s top restaurants, including Gamba and Urban Bar & Brasserie.
The menu will deliver comfort food at a high level using locally-sourced ingredients. Highlights include a venison loin smoked in-house and a Sri-Lankan-style monkfish curry. There will also be brunch specials served on Sundays, a multitude of botanical cocktails, extensive wine list, rotating bottle selection, quality gins and whisky.
After months of redesign to the restaurant, glasshouse conservatory, outdoor terrace, menu and interiors, and £200,00 of investment, doors will open to The Botany on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm
The Botany 795 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow G20 7TL
Sonder is an open plan kitchen / dining experience, serving modern European dishes.
This is the first permanent restaurant for owner Trisha McCrae, who previously Co-founded One Star House Party, which saw her take 6 chefs around the world for 2 years, building 20 very different pop-up restaurants in 20 different countries, one of which was a 10 day hike to Mount Everest base camp to build a 1 day only restaurant.
Head Chef Paul Graham, who joined One Star House Party in their final year, has previously worked at Number One in Edinburgh, along with a stint at Gordon Ramsay's Hospital Road.
The menu they have created uses local Scottish ingredients where possible, and has been split into sections > Garden, Sea and Land which are served as medium sized dishes, recommending 2-3 per person.
Open Wednesday - Sunday 12-2.30pm / 5-10pm
74-78 South Clerk Street
Edinburgh, United Kingdom EH8 9PT
TEL. 0131 667 7032
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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.
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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.
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Weekend (valid Saturday & Sunday) - £8
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