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  • 04 August 2015

    Stirling Highland Games celebrates the Year of Food and Drink by showcasing Scottish award winning producers

    Stirling Highland Games which attracts an international audience and is one of central Scotland’s most visited cultural events, is celebrating the Year of Food and Drink by bringing together a number of Scottish producers and suppliers to showcase their wares in a new Visitors marquee. 

    Stirling’s premier highland games is on Saturday 15th August and prides itself on working with producers and suppliers to bring more than your standard burger and chips to an outdoor event. Visitors will have mouthwatering choices like Scottish red tractor chicken fillet, Perthshire pulled pork, Honey salted beef, BBQ pulled jackfruit and Aberdeen Angus steaks. Plus and as part of our Scotland Food and Drink showcase you will be able to sample and purchase some of the food and drink producers products in our Visitors Marquee including Stirling Whisky Shop, The Wee Fudge Company, Kelvin Valley Honey, Cochrane Cottage, Perthshire Oatcakes and Gigha Smoked Halibut.

    The Stirling Highland Games is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

    Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “The Stirling Highland Games is a wonderful event, celebrating our rich heritage. For 2015, to celebrate the Year of Food & Drink we are delighted to be supporting a celebration of the best in local and Scottish produce. 

    “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the Stirling Highland Games is a fantastic example of how events can drive domestic tourism and economic benefits for a region.”

    Indeed with Stirling Highland Games attracting huge interest from out with the area, online ticket sales have overtaken last year’s already and this is something the games committee are keen to build on as not only is it an enjoyable day out watching one of Scotland’s oldest sports, it’s a family day out with kids entertainment, quality food and drink and all at an affordable cost.

    Event organiser, Matt McGrandles said, “We have worked really hard to bring back this event over the last 2 years by engaging with businesses to support it, building our presence in the highland games arena and by making sure our food and drink suppliers and producers offer our visitors the very best Scotland has. To be part of the Year of Food and Drink campaign is wonderful for our whole team and we are delighted to play our part by showcasing some of Scotland’s award winning producers.”

    Discounted tickets are available online at www.stirlinghighlandgames.com or you can purchase them at the gates on Saturday 15th August.  

     

    Photo courtesy of Bill Robertson

    Category: National Events

  • 03 August 2015

    Wickerman Fans the Flames of Festival Success with 2016 Early Bird Ticket Release

     With the sun-drenched celebrations of this year’s Wickerman Festival still glowing in the minds of music fans, organisers have announced the release of a limited number of Early Bird tickets, frozen at 2015 prices.

     From 9am today (Saturday 1st August) until midnight on Saturday 31st October, fans will be able to snap up tickets exclusively via Skiddle for next year’s festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd July 2016.

    Early Bird prices stay at the same rates as the 2015 festival:

    Weekend adult tickets: £110

    Weekend concession tickets: £55

    Saturday adult tickets: £72.50

    Saturday concession tickets: £35

    Free entry for children aged 12 and under

    VIP weekend adult tickets: £160

    VIP weekend concession / child tickets: £30

    Caravan / campervan pitch: £55

    Caravan / campervan pitch with electric hook up: £105

    Full price 2016 tickets will go on sale from 1st November and will be available to buy online from Skiddle.com and selected outlets.  Please note under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

     With this year’s festival hailed as one of Wickerman’s finest thanks to its brilliantly eclectic line up and an arena packed with relaxed fun and family-friendly entertainment, the festival team want to thank Wicker fans for bringing what was undoubtedly the best festival vibe of the summer to the sunny fields of Dundrennan.

     20,000 music fans enjoyed a wonderful two-day treat of music and festivities, with highlights including the legendary Jimmy Cliff, The Waterboys, Squeeze, Lulu, Tom Odell, The Sonics, Stereo MCs, The Vaselines, BMX Bandits and some of the hottest rising stars of Scotland’s music scene. 

    The Early Bird ticket offer will run from 09.00 on Saturday 1st August until midnight on Saturday 31st October 2015 and will be exclusive to Skiddle. For further information visit: www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk.

  • 03 August 2015

    Festival Site 50% Bigger for Foodies Festival's 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Edinburgh Inverleith Park 7,8,9th August

     

    Festival Site 50% Bigger for Foodies Festival's 10th Anniversary Celebrations 
    at Edinburgh Inverleith Park 7,8,9th August
    Foodies Festival’s flagship event returns to Edinburgh Inverleith Park next weekend 7,8,9th August, celebrating its 10th anniversary with a three-day showcase of Scotland’s finest culinary talents and regional produce as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland. 
    Following the success of last year’s Edinburgh Foodies Festival - which welcomed 34,000 visitors - organisers are expanding the festival site by 50%, making room for new food and drink theatres, an extended Producers Market and a huge selection of street food for visitors to feast on.
     
    The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs, who will cook their favourite summer recipes, inspiring visitors to recreate these dishes at home and experiment with new flavours and ingredients. Chefs confirmed include:
    Michelin-star Marcello Tully - Kinloch Lodge
    Jamie Scott - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 winner
    Adam Handling - Adam Handling at Caxton voted Scotland’s Chef of the Year
    Fraser Allan - The Pompadour by Galvin
    Mark Greenaway – Restaurant Mark Greenaway
    Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwoods
    Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honore
    Jian Wang - Chop Chop
    Graeme Pallister – 63 Tay Street
    Colin Findlay - Melville Castle
    Ian McAndrew - Blackaddie 
     
    Highlights of the Festival:
    New Wine and Champagne Theatre: Experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole is on-hand in the New Craft Beer Theatre with food and beer pairing masterclasses. 
    New Tasting Theatre: Festival-goers can learn new skills and discover new flavours with masterclasses in Bee Keeping, Sushi Rolling and Sausage Making, and chocolate experts Coeur de Xocolat host ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ classes, which leave participants tasting chocolate for hours. 
    Street Food Avenue: A feasting hub at the heart of the festival which takes visitors on a flavour adventure around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent.
    Cake & Bake Theatre: A haven for passionate bakers with Scotland's top cake makers and patissiers sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells bakes, jams, and the latest baking gadgets. 
    Artisan Producers Market: With over 200 artisan producers from Scotland and across the UK to sample and shop from, selling everything from award-winning Salted Caramel Cheese to Pink Raspberry Gin, festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy - the perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for quality food and drink. 
    Chilli Market: A destination for those who like it really hot, selling UK grown chillies and face-meltingly spicy sauces. And for those foolish enough, the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges contestants to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown - that's 6400 times the average chill heat! 
    Childrens Cookery Theatre: Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills in 'Picnic in the Park' themed masterclasses with Kiddy Cook, who will show them how to make finger sandwiches, fruit jellies and chocolate bugs. 
    New Spaghetti-Eating Competition: Pairs of contestants - friends and strangers - race from either end of a 4 meter spaghetti to be crowned 'Lady and her Champ'. 
    After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm's Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Galleon.

    Foodies Festival’s flagship event returns to Edinburgh Inverleith Park next weekend 7,8,9th August, celebrating its 10th anniversary with a three-day showcase of Scotland’s finest culinary talents and regional produce as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland. 

    Following the success of last year’s Edinburgh Foodies Festival - which welcomed 34,000 visitors - organisers are expanding the festival site by 50%, making room for new food and drink theatres, an extended Producers Market and a huge selection of street food for visitors to feast on. The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs, who will cook their favourite summer recipes, inspiring visitors to recreate these dishes at home and experiment with new flavours and ingredients.

    Chefs confirmed include:

    Michelin-star Marcello Tully - Kinloch Lodge

    Jamie Scott - MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 winner

    Adam Handling - Adam Handling at Caxton voted Scotland’s Chef of the Year

    Fraser Allan - The Pompadour by Galvin

    Mark Greenaway – Restaurant Mark Greenaway

    Paul Wedgwood – Wedgwoods

    Neil Forbes – Cafe St Honore

    Jian Wang - Chop Chop

    Graeme Pallister – 63 Tay Street

    Colin Findlay - Melville CastleIan McAndrew - Blackaddie  

    Highlights of the Festival:

    New Wine and Champagne Theatre: Experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole is on-hand in the New Craft Beer Theatre with food and beer pairing masterclasses. 
    New Tasting Theatre: Festival-goers can learn new skills and discover new flavours with masterclasses in Bee Keeping, Sushi Rolling and Sausage Making, and chocolate experts Coeur de Xocolat host ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ classes, which leave participants tasting chocolate for hours. 
    Street Food Avenue: A feasting hub at the heart of the festival which takes visitors on a flavour adventure around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent.
    Cake & Bake Theatre: A haven for passionate bakers with Scotland's top cake makers and patissiers sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells bakes, jams, and the latest baking gadgets. 
    Artisan Producers Market: With over 200 artisan producers from Scotland and across the UK to sample and shop from, selling everything from award-winning Salted Caramel Cheese to Pink Raspberry Gin, festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy - the perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for quality food and drink. 
    Chilli Market: A destination for those who like it really hot, selling UK grown chillies and face-meltingly spicy sauces. And for those foolish enough, the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges contestants to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown - that's 6400 times the average chill heat! 
    Childrens Cookery Theatre: Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills in 'Picnic in the Park' themed masterclasses with Kiddy Cook, who will show them how to make finger sandwiches, fruit jellies and chocolate bugs. 
    New Spaghetti-Eating Competition: Pairs of contestants - friends and strangers - race from either end of a 4 meter spaghetti to be crowned 'Lady and her Champ'. 

    After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm's Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Galleon.

    www.foodiesfestival.com 

    Category: Food and Drink News

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