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.

When I arrived, and hour and a half into proceedings, four people were drinking beer at a long table and Barnacle & Bones were setting up. Nothing daunted, I located and bought oysters, ordered a half of Guinness, then followed up with crab claws.

When we left, ten people mooched about the four food stalls, looking at menus. The oysters were lovely; the crab flawless. Pity everyone else was still in bed.

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.

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