By Press Office 19 June 2015

QMU’s MSc Gastronomy team is inviting food lovers along to Edinburgh’s first ever Cake Fest at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden from 12pm on Sunday 21st June, where they will be will be creating a vegetable cake in the shape of the Inverleith allotment, as part of a 70m2 edible map of the city.

Amateur and professional cake makers have taken up their mixing bowls to help create well known monuments from across the city out of sponge, chocolate, icing, biscuit and other ingredients.

The Royal Yacht Britannia, the Scott Monument, the Victorian Palm House, Portobello Promenade and, of course, Edinburgh Castle are just some of the other 50-plus sites that will make up the edible Cake Fest map that will sit on the lawn of Inverleith House.

Once complete, the map will be admired by the crowds before being cut up and shared amongst visitors free of charge.

Ana Tominc, Lecturer and Programme Leader, MSc Gastronomy, at QMU, said: “As home to the UK’s First MSc Gastronomy, QMU is delighted to be supporting Edinburgh’s first ever Cake Fest and Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink in the capital this weekend.

“As well being able to sample our scrumptious free cake, people visiting the QMU stand at Sunday’s event will get the chance to ‘cultivate their interest in food’ and find out more about why our innovative MSc Gastronomy is the UK’s only interdisciplinary study of food culture , food communications ands food systems.

“Fully-funded places on our MSc Gastronomy are available for students resident in Scotland.  The course can enhance career opportunities, help people discover new and diverse employment prospects and allow them to experience food and drink across Scotland and beyond.”

Cake Fest is supported as part of Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

Once the edible map is complete – and before it is cut up and shared – baking teams will be asked to choose their favourite cake. The Bakers Choice Award will be presented by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

As well as the Cake Fest Edinburgh map, there will be food and drink stalls from some of Scotland’s best producers, and free entertainment until late into the evening.

Cake Fest Edinburgh is a free event taking place on Sunday 21 June from 12noon on the Inverleith House lawn at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For more information visit http://edinburgh.cakefest.org.uk

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