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Scottish producers help local people celebrate Scottish food and drink at FEAST 2011

An impressive range of local food producers are to take part in a student led festival to be held in the capital next Saturday.

FEAST 2011, a collaboration between Jewel & Esk College (JEC) and Queen Margaret University (QMU), celebrates all that is great about Scotland’s food. The event has attracted significant support from local food and drink producers, and festival organisers are eager to provide visitors with ample opportunities to taste and learn about locally sourced produce.

A special farmers’ style market will feature producers from across Scotland. Visitors will be able to see and buy a wide range of fresh, Scottish ingredients with everything from speciality chocolates from Chocolala and The Rock Lobster Chocolate Company to chutneys and jams from Muriel’s Kitchen and wild salmon from Montrose based Usan Salmon.  There will be ample opportunity for even the most dedicated of foodies to stock their larder.

Event organiser Mags Fenner, from Jewel & Esk, explained: “FEAST is a must for anyone who loves food. As well as the producers’ market, we’ve brought together an exciting range of tutor led tasting sessions, first class chef demonstrations, a mouth-watering range of regional taster dishes and much more besides. It’s going to be a fantastic event and is sure to get people enthusiastic about eating and cooking with local produce.”

With opportunities to take part in wine, whisky, beer and cheese tastings, FEAST organisers anticipate the special tutored tasting sessions to be a hit.  Mags explained: “These tutored tastings are sure to be popular and we are delighted that The Scottish Malt Whisky Society, Inverarity Vaults and Traquair House Brewery have agreed to provide both their expertise and their products for people to enjoy on the day.”

As well as sampling food and drink, visitors will be able to attend demonstration sessions by some of the country’s top chefs.  Tom Kitchin (The Kitchin, Leith and Castle Terrace, Edinburgh), Derek Johnstone (Chez Roux, Greywalls, East Lothian) and Neil Forbes (Scottish Chef of the Year, Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011) are among those who will showcase signature dishes on the day.

And to complement the food, Katrina Howells from Stems, known for her cutting edge floral displays, will show visitors how they can achieve the wow factor on their dining tables. Those interested in the creative aspect of entertaining are sure to be captivated by the floral instillations which Stems will have on display at FEAST – some of Katrina’s skyscraper designs will measure up to two metres tall!

FEAST 2011 is part-funded by EventScotland through the Scotland of Food and Drink programme.

FEAST will take place on Saturday 2 nd April, 10am – 4pm at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh.

Tickets prices: £12 (adults), £5 (students & children), free (children under 5).



Katrina Howells, Stems, tel:  228 5575. 




  • 10.15am          Tom Kitchin, The Kitchin, Leith
  • 11am               Neil Forbes, Scottish Chef of the Year, Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011
  • 11.45am          Andy Rees, Waterside Bistro, Haddington
  • 12.30pm          Fiona Burrell, Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
  • 1.15pm            Derek Johnstone, Chez Roux, Greywalls, Gullane, East Lothian
  • 2pm                 William Poncelet, Howard Hotel, Edinburgh
  • 2.45pm            Mark Porter, Jewel & Esk College
  • 3.30pm            Yogesh Utekar, Vice Principal, ITM Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai ,India.



The following tutor led sessions with be available for you to enjoy at various times throughout the day. Times will be posted on the FEAST website soon.

  • flower arranging for dinner parties by Stems
  • wine tasting with Inverarity Vaults
  • beer tasting with Traquair House Brewery
  • whisky tasting with The Scottish Malt Whisky Society
  • cheese tasting with Martin Irons




All of these delicious Regional dishes will be prepared and cooked by JEC chefs and university and college students and available to sample at the Food Festival.

Argyll and Bute

  • Smoked mackerel and horseradish mouse
  • Apple and honey crannachan


  • Crab fish cakes
  • Elderflower cheesecake

North East

  • Wild mushroom and barley risotto with rocket
  • Cairn O’Mhor and Berry Jelly


  • Leek and wild mushroom tart
  • Chocolate and Whisky Pudding

Dumfries and Galloway

  • Haggis and clapshot tower
  • Echlefechan butter tart

East Lothian

  • Potato and broccoli soup with stilton rarebit
  • Show cooked topside of beef in beer

Ayrshire and Arran

  • Baked black pudding, Ayrshire bacon, potato scone and apple layer
  • Poached salmon with lemon and thyme mash


  • Shetland lamb hot pot
  • Trio of salmon


  • Selection of Borders cheeses
  • Rabbit Terrine


For further media information about FEAST 2011 please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, tel: 0131 474 0000  or Mags Fenner, PR Officer, Jewel & Esk College, tel: 0131 344 7197, mob: 07939 589740.






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