Excitement builds for Edinburgh's inaugural Cake Fest

Teams of cake makers to descend on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Sunday 21 June to create a 70m2 edible map of the city

Amateur and professional cake makers have taken up their mixing bowls to help create well known monuments from across the city out of sponge, chocolate, icing, biscuit and other ingredients.  The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scott Monument, the Victorian Palm House, Portobello Promenade and, of course, Edinburgh Castle are just some of the 50-plus sites that will make up the edible Cake Fest map that will sit on the lawn of Inverleith House. Once complete the map will be admired by the crowds before being cut up and shared.

Cake Fest is supported as part of Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Government Culture Secretary said: “Cakefest at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh provides a fantastic opportunity for our visitors and local communities to come together in a unique celebration of the Year of Food and Drink and also the capital’s world famous architecture and landscapes. As we progress through the summer months there is no better time to sample some of Scotland’s excellent fresh, local produce at the many events across Scotland celebrating the Year of Food and Drink.”

The event also receives financial support from Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and GreenCity Wholefoods. Parts of the map will be created with sponsored ingredients from Tunnocks and Walkers Shortbread.

Cake Fest is the brainchild of Edinburgh-based food innovator Simon Preston. He said: “Cake Fest is all about getting friends, families and colleagues together to bake and to celebrate good local food. The response has been huge and we signed up over 50 volunteer baking teams in no time. All the key landmarks, like the Balmoral Hotel and the National Monument, have been claimed but it’s also wonderful that Cake Fest brings lesser known buildings into the spotlight, like Lamb’s House in Leith. Each baker brings their own handwriting to their cakes and many add a dash of artistic license and humour too, it’ll be amazing to see all that passion and creativity close up.”

Cake Fest Edinburgh forms part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s annual Midsummer celebrations. 

Elinor Gallant, Public Programmes Manager at the Garden said: “We are delighted to be hosting Cake Fest on Inverleith House Lawn, which offers one of the best views across Edinburgh’s skyline, acting as an ideal backdrop to this ambitious cake map of the city. Our late opening for Midsummer has become an annual tradition, and we look forward to welcoming all the bakers and cake eaters to what promises to be a spectacular event.”

Once the edible map is complete and before it is cut up and shared, baking teams will be asked to choose their favourite cake. The Bakers Choice Award will be presented by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

 As well as the Cake Fest Edinburgh map, there will be food and drink stalls from some of Scotland’s best producers, and free entertainment until late into the evening.

Cake Fest Edinburgh is a free event taking place on Sunday 21 June from 12noon on the Inverleith House lawn at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. For more information visit cakefest.org.uk  

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