Nick Brings Forth Scotland's Best Food and Drink

Top celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, has brought his passion for Scottish produce to bear in designing a menu for Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch, a highlight of this September’s Forth Bridges Festival.

 Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch is a unique outdoor event which will take place on Saturday 6 September.  It is planned to celebrate three centuries of bridge engineering on the Forth, as well as marking the 50th birthday of the iconic Forth Road Bridge, and is a key event in the Homecoming 2014 calendar.

 The lunch will be held in South Queensferry in front of the spectacular panorama of the three bridges – the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, which is currently under construction.  Visitors and residents alike will enjoy all the best of Scottish quality food and drink sourced from right across the country. 

 Tickets are now on sale for up to 2400 lunch guests to enjoy a feast of artisan sandwiches with Scottish salmon, Inverurie sirloin beef and roasted vegetables, accompanied by a fresh super salad and followed by a Scottish berry trifle dessert.

 Commenting on his menu choice, Nick Nairn said: “The Forth Bridges are iconic symbols of Scotland around the world and I'm thrilled to be involved in the festival.  Scotland is going through a food and drink revolution at the moment and this is a brilliant chance to celebrate our fantastic natural larder against the amazing backdrop of the Bridges."

 The event will include an exciting line-up of live entertainment with music, choirs, street entertainers, a food and drink market, and demonstration kitchens manned by some of Scotland’s top chefs.  Grant Stott and Dingo Dave from Forth One will also be broadcasting from South Queensferry during the event.

 Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch is one of the signature events of the Forth Bridges Festival, which runs from 4-13 September 2014, and is supported by Homecoming Scotland 2014 Food and Drink Fund.

 Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said: “This is a landmark year for Scotland as the country plays host not only to the events of Homecoming, but also the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and The 2014 Ryder Cup.  Events such as ‘Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch’ as part of the stunning Forth Bridges Festival provide a fantastic boost for this country’s food and drink industry, enabling businesses to showcase the finest regionally sourced, premium quality produce that Scotland has to offer.  I am looking forward to sampling the menu by Nick Nairn with my family on 6 September on the banks of the River Forth.”

 The festival is being organised by Queensferry Ambition in partnership with FETA (Forth Estuary Transport Authority).

Malcolm Brown, chair of Queensferry Ambition, said:  “Queensferry Ambition is absolutely delighted to confirm that the renowned and respected celebrity chef Nick Nairn is designing and overseeing the menu for ‘Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch’.  We are thrilled that Nick recognises the importance of the Forth Bridges Festival 2014 and has chosen to demonstrate his commitment to this highlight of Homecoming Scotland.  A glimpse at the menu, with its inventive use of the best of Scotland’s quality food and drink, offers a tantalising taste of what promises to be a truly delicious feast.”

 Tickets for the event cost £13 for adults and £8.00 for children, plus a small booking fee and are available to purchase through the Forth Bridges Festival website – www.forthbridgesfestival.com

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