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FEAST 2012: A Celebration of Regional Scottish Food

Joint student led food festival date is set for April 2012

Jewel & Esk College (JEC) in partnership with Queen Margaret University (QMU) has set the date for the culinary extravaganza of the year – the FEAST 2012 food festival.

Following the success of last year’s student led food festival which attracted an audience of 400 food enthusiasts from all over Scotland, the education partners are delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place at Jewel & Esk College on Saturday 28 th April 2012.

The 2011 festival, which was a celebration of Scottish regional food, was headlined by the renowned chef, Tom Kitchin (celebrity chef from one-star Michelin restaurant, ‘The Kitchin’) and a host of other acclaimed culinary experts including Neil Forbes (Scottish Chef of the Year, Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011) and BBC Professional Masterchef 2008, Derek Johnston (Greywalls, Gullane, East Lothian). This year, the focus will continue to showcase all that is good about Scotland’s food and drink with an exciting range of imaginative regional menus. Visitors to the event will be able to sample top quality dishes which represent the regions of Scotland including Perthshire crofters’ pie with beef and haggis, wild mushroom and pearl barley stew from Argyll, lentil and wild garlic soup from North East Scotland and Selkirk Bannock bread and butter pudding from the Borders.

The festival, which will include demonstrations by some of Scotland’s most distinguished chefs, promises to delight the most sophisticated gourmet, as well as offering top tips and delightful tasting opportunities for the newest food enthusiast.

Ron McGilp , Curriculum Development Manager at Jewel & Esk College, said: “This is not only an excellent learning opportunity for JEC and QMU students who will be working with chefs to producing the regional dishes on the day, it’s an outstanding opportunity to see and hear from some of Scotland’s most inspiring and well established chefs as well as some rising stars of the Scottish culinary scene.”

Bernie Quinn, Hospitality and Tourism lecturer at Queen Margaret University, said: “Once again, we are delighted to be working in partnership with JEC to provide outstanding opportunities for our students, nurture young talent, showcase new talent and promote and enjoy Scotland’s rich larder. By introducing people to a variety of imaginative regional dishes and allowing them to taste test locally produced drinks, we hope this event encourages people to support Scottish producers by spending their money locally, experiment with the cooking of local foods and enjoy Scotland’s wonderful produce.”

The event will take place from 10am – 4pm at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2PP. Tickets will be priced at £12 (all adults) / £5 (concession available for students and children under 16 years of age) / children under 5 years go free. Tickets will be available to purchase from the Club at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH12 8RG or 0131 344 7373 or 344 7197 or from The Finance Department, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU.



  • For further media information about the event contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239, E: or Moira Findlay, Marketing Manager at Jewel & Esk College on T: 0131 344 7198, M: 07824 36 56 06, E:
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