A taste of Scotland

A taste of Scotland

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Channel 4 food and drink festival heads north of the border.

Words: Allan Radcliffe

Tickets are now on sale for the Taste of Edinburgh festival, which aims to celebrate and promote the capital’s culinary talent as well as Scotland’s world class food, drink and produce. The festival, which runs from Thursday 7-Sunday 10 June in the leafy surrounds of the Meadows, is the first in a series of Channel 4 Taste Festivals, which take place in four other cities across the UK - Dublin, London, Bath and Birmingham.

Billed as ‘an adventure playground for those who love eating out’, Taste of Edinburgh is a fantastic opportunity for food lovers to sample ‘taster dishes’ from 15 of the city’s top restaurants, whose chefs will work for the four days of the festival in their onsite demonstration kitchens. Participating restaurants include Restaurant Martin Wishart, The Tower, Duck’s at Le Marché Noir, and The Kitchin, winner of The List’s Eating and Drinking award for Edinburgh Restaurant of the Year. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to eat and drink from around 60 speciality food and drink suppliers, from Caledonian Brewery to cheesemonger IJ Mellis, also recently honoured in the The List’s awards. Other gastronomic highlights, aimed at educating and exciting the palate, include the Leffe Beer Academy, Laurent Perrier Champagne and Oyster Bar and a local producers’ Farmers Market. Meanwhile, a sprinkling of stardust will be provided courtesy of celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay (pictured) and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

Guest Chef Martin Wishart said of the event, ‘I’m very proud to be involved in Taste of Edinburgh. Traditionally London has been recognised as the culinary capital of the UK, so it is great that Edinburgh is getting the opportunity to showcase exactly what we can bring to the table.’

Tickets for the event, priced £12, are available by calling 0870 060 3786.

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Submissions invited for short film award

The Cameo Cinema Jim Poole Short Film Award is inviting entries for its 2007 competition. The award, partly funded by Scottish Screen and sponsored by the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is named after the late Jim Poole, credited with introducing specialist continental cinema to Edinburgh when he acquired the city’s Cameo in 1949. Organisers are aiming to select a shortlist of ten films of under 20 minutes in length from an anticipated pool of more than 100 Scotland-based entrants. Winners will receive a cheque for £1000 at a ceremony in the capital on Sunday 17 June, while the winning film will be screened before a feature at the Cameo and the Belmont, Aberdeen as well as a number of other venues throughout the UK. For further information please see the cameo website at www.picturehouses.co.uk. (AR)

Bump and Grind

Beanscene launches music download store

Beanscene, the coffee and music houses which originated in Glasgow, have launched a pioneering music download service, which enables customers to purchase any song that catches their attention while sipping their coffee, either by download or SMS text.

The new download store, which has been added to the company’s comprehensive music website at www.beanscene.com, gives music lovers access to a selection of more than a million tracks of different genres. When a customer hears a song they like, they simply text BEANSCENE + track ID from their mobile. The customer then receives a text with a voucher code and the track name, which can be used to acquire the piece of music from the download store.

Beanscene founder Gordon Richardson is delighted about this latest innovation. ‘The launch of our download store marks the realisation of our aim to bring together all aspects of the Beanscene vibe to create a place where anyone can come to spend some time with friends and family.

‘Somewhere that kids are made to feel welcome; where customers can sit back and soak up the sounds of the scene while chilling out over an espresso and a bite to eat in their own backyard.’ (AR)

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