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QMU invites East Lothian residents to make FEAST a date

Queen Margaret University is giving East Lothian residents advance notice of the culinary event of next year.

The celebrity chef Tom Kitchin added a bit of culinary glamour this autumn when he helped Queen Margaret University student, Matauka Yeta, launch FEAST 2011, a unique student led food festival run by Queen Margaret University in partnership with Jewel & Esk College.

Following the success of this year’s Food Festival in April, QMU has been determined to quickly set the new date for next year’s festival, thereby giving East Lothian residents plenty of time to secure the event in their 2011 diaries.

Trevor Laffin, Hospitality Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, said: “The 2010 food festival was a huge success, far exceeding expectations with upwards of 350 people attending on the day. Feast 2011 will be even bigger and better. Whilst the line-up is currently a closely guarded secret, the day will include top chefs demonstrating signature dishes, a producers market and students offering tastings of regional Scottish dishes – and that’s just for starters!”

He continued “FEAST is a very special collaborative event presenting a unique learning experience. Students are able to combine their enthusiasm and skills with the expertise of some of the country’s top chefs.”

Compared with many other food festivals, Feast 2011 promises to be excellent value for money. “We won’t be scrimping on tastings,” said Trevor. “It’s a celebration of region Scottish food and we want to offer local people the opportunity to sample lots of dishes and to experience the wealth of culinary talent which we are so lucky to have in East Lothian.”

Feast 2011 is a joint food festival involving students from both Queen Margaret University and Jewel & Esk College and there will be plenty of young students from East Lothian who will be participating in the event.

On the evening of the 1 st April, in the build up to the festival, a black tie charity dinner will be held at Queen Margaret University to help to raise funds for the sustainability of Feast, and to support two very important charities, Hospitality Action and QMU's 135 Club. The dinner will be a truly sparkling affair, with top chefs from around Scotland cooking a course each for the dinner, and the guest of honour being the culinary legend, Albert Roux OBE, Legion d’Honneur. Diners will sample the cuisine from some of the shining stars in Scotland’s culinary stable, and it is expected that the 100 places will sell out very quickly. Please visit the website for further details and information on ticket sales.

Petra Wend, Principal at Queen Margaret University, said: “Both QMU and Jewel & Esk College are pooling their resources and expertise in the areas of hospitality, tourism and events management to provide, not only an outstanding learning opportunity for students, but an exciting culinary event for the local community. We hope that as many East Lothian residents as possible will join us at this exciting annual event.”

With excellent opportunities to sample an array of high quality culinary delights attendance is expected to top last year. Trevor Laffin said: “That’s why we are giving the East Lothian community plenty of notice. We don’t want people to miss this great opportunity to see the chefs at work, experience a range of excellent food and to support our young students in their learning. So book now and don’t miss out.”

Feast 2011 will take place on Saturday 2 April from 10am – 4pm and will also include a Producers Market.




Tickets prices:

  • £12 for adults,
  • £5 (Concession available for students and children under 16 years of age); 
  • Children under 5 years go free

Feast 2011 will also include a Producers Market providing visitors with the opportunity to buy regional produce to take home. If producers of Scottish food or drink products are interested in hiring a stall at Feast 2011, they should contact Mags Fenner on email: on tel: 0131 474 0000. A £50 charge will be made for each stall space/pitch.

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Tel: 0131 474 0000. Mob: 07711 011239.







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