Taste of Edinburgh
Following the success of last year's inaugural Taste of Edinburgh, the Channel 4 festival is set to return to The Meadows, from 29 May - 1 June 2008, with an even bigger and better line-up planned, showcasing the very best of Scotland's celebrated national larder.
The country's top culinary talent - including two of Scotland's Michelin-starred chefs, Martin Wishart and Andrew Fairlie alongside Lady Claire MacDonald and The Tower's James Thomson - will headline, and join forces with the finest restaurants and food and drink producers in what will be the epicurean event of the year.
Channel 4's Taste of Edinburgh raises the curtain to a series of the nationwide food and drink festivals across five cities in the U.K. - Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Bath, and Birmingham. Partnered with VisitScotland, EventScotland, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and The City of Edinburgh Council, Taste of Edinburgh 2008 is set to provide a culinary experience that will give 25,000 foodies the opportunity to sample "taster dishes" from 20 of Edinburgh's top restaurants, as the chefs work for four days in their on-site demonstration kitchens.
As well as sampling cooking from the best culinary talent in the country, festival goers will be able to eat and drink from up to 100 speciality food and drink suppliers who will all have stands at the event sampling and selling Scotland's products.
The event will also serve up a fantastic mix of gastro-features, including the Chef's Theatre, Edinburgh's Taste Kitchen, a Champagne and Oyster Bar, and the Producers' Market, in association with Delicious magazine and Edinburgh Farmers Market, all kicking off with a glittering al fresco launch party on the Thursday night.
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion, said: "A foodie's paradise, Edinburgh has more restaurants per head of population than any other British city. Taste of Edinburgh will again focus the spotlight on some of the best local produce and beautiful food created by our top chefs, and go one step further to promote the capital as inspiring food destination for visitors and locals alike."
VisitScotland and EventScotland, the national tourism and events agencies, say the event gives tourists yet another good reason to visit Scotland. Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, Paul Bush said: "Scotland has great natural and built assets as well as some of the world's best sports and cultural events. Promotion of Taste of Edinburgh will encourage even more people to make Scotland their destination of choice."
Tickets are priced from £12 and will be available from 5th March at www.channel4.com/taste. In the meantime you can register your interest to ensure you don't miss out at www.channel4.com/taste.
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