Shuck Fest

Half a dozen oysters on ice

Edinburgh’s first ever Shuck Fest marked the end of the Cowgate’s St Patrick’s celebrations. The crowning glory, one would think, of three days of revelry at Three Sisters. It was also a Sunday, and the day after two important rugby matches (so Christopher tells me). That’s probably why it was so very quiet.

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Getting Festive at Foodies: Nicki reports

Festive fun and gorgeous colours at Foodies Festival Christmas

Festive fun and gorgeous colours at Foodies Festival Christmas

Last weekend we popped in to look round the Foodies Festival at the EICC. Loved the variety of stands there, we sampled most things from the gooiest ever chocolate brownies to gin, raw sugar cane rum cocktails, curry and everything in between. We loved the demos too and especially liked the look of Mark Heirs cured salmon using Arbikie Gin.

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Belted Christmas at Belted Burger: Caroline reports

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That’s my kind of slider: juicy burger, juicy turkey, juicy sausage on top. While I eat, Jack shakes and serves a partridge in a pear tree (that’s a shot glass sample). Sparkly cows look on.

Belted Burgers take their name from the cattle that provide the meat for the burgers. I went to their Edinburgh restaurant on Fredrick Street to find out what they are offering this Christmas season. Continue reading

Fizz Festival Edinburgh

Oysterman, Loch Fyne oysters, Damn Fine Cheese and The Drinks Bakery line up their goods.

Oysterman, Loch Fyne oysters, Damn Fine Cheese and The Drinks Bakery line up their goods.

Saturday morning at Edinburgh Academy. People are setting up and anyone who comes through the door is handed a champagne flute and a voucher for an oyster. Bottles pop: Fizz Festival, Edinburgh, has started.

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