Forth Bridges Festival attendees have an appetite for a party as Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch sells out

The tables are set, the menu selected and the drinks ready to be poured as over 650 attendees who snapped up tickets to be part of the ‘Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch’ event get ready to party. Taking place this Saturday 6 September, the spectacular ‘sold-out’ culinary event which is a key part of the Year of Homecoming celebrations and the Forth Bridges Festival will take place against the panoramic backdrop of the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry. 

Lunch guests will enjoy a picnic-style menu designed by celebrity chef Nick Nairn as well as an exciting line-up of live entertainment featuring street entertainers  and ceilidh bands.  The party amosphere can also be enjoyed by non-lunch ticket holders also at the Forth Bridges Festival Food and Drink Market taking place on South Queensferry High Street on both Saturday 6 September (11am-7pm) and Sunday 7 September (11am-5pm) as part of the ‘Flotilla on the Forth’ celebrations.  The Flotilla will see over 150 vessels of all different shapes and sizes travel along the Firth of Forth in front of North and South Queensferry.

 Over 30 exhibitors will offer locals and visitors to South Queensferry the chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and tasty smells of a variety of high quality products at the Food and Drink Market. Exhibitors over the two days include:

Babu Bombay Street Kitchen -  offering a variety of homestyle curries to enjoy throughout the day

Chocolate Waffle Company – delicious Belgian style waffles

Equis Ice Cream - the fourth generation of the Equi family carries on the tradition of fabulous ice cream

Hubertus Game - wild venison and seasonal small game sourced from highland estates

Manna House Bakery – artisan and craft bakery at its best

Mutley Crepes – offering a wide range of sweet and savoury crepes

Smoak Limited - Texan-style, slow-smoked BBQ brisket and pulled pork

Perthshire based Strathearn Distillery will also be sampling their selection of high-quality gins, including their specially commissioned ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014’ gin infused with Scottish thistle and heather to capture the spirit of Scotland during this special year.  Border Tablet will also be showcasing their specially branded ‘Year of Homecoming’ tablet over the weekend. 

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch is a wonderful, mouth-watering way to celebrate the 50th birthday of a true Scottish icon. I am delighted that so many people, including myself, will be on the Forth to take part in this historic Homecoming event, enjoying delicious Scottish produce in the most spectacular of settings.”

Scotland Welcomes the World to Lunch is just one of the events taking place to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Forth Road Bridge which is taking place from 4 – 13 September.  Both the lunch event and the Food and Drink Market are also part of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight taking place between 6 – 21 September.  Visitors to the once in a lifetime finale event on Saturday 13 September will enjoy a spectacular firework and Torchlight Procession lighting up the Forth Road Bridge in style.  The event will see fireworks and thousands of torches light up the Forth Road Bridge celebrating 50 years since the bridge opened. 

Tickets are being snapped up to become one of the 2,014 torch-bearers forming a river of fire across the bridge to Fife before returning to a giant ‘Bridge Party’ in South Queensferry.  Party-goers will enjoy an exciting programme of live music headlined by legendary Scottish rockers Big Country and special guests Bwani Junction, who last year famously performed at the top of one of the bridge’s 156m towers. A range of first-class food and drink will be available to buy within the arena.

A highlight for those taking part in the Torchlight Procession and those attending the Bridge Party will be the spectacular fireworks finale, launched from the Forth Road Bridge at precisely 10:06pm in recognition of the structure’s 1,006-metre main span. The fireworks display will be set to music, with Bridge Party & Torchlight Procession ticket-holders enjoying the very best experience of this one-off spectacle with a magnificent view of the bridge and the soundtrack amplified throughout the party arena.

For more information and tickets for the finale event please visit www.forthbridgesfestival.com

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