A biased insert!
Edinburgh- based food editor of Art Mag, cookbook author and TV presenter Nell Nelson is delighted to announce the launch of a new food walking company: Edinburgh Food Safari.
The first walk – or safari covers the 7th century historic village of Broughton in central Edinburgh. Creator of Edinburgh Food Safari, Nell says “We want you to feel like a food-loving friend is showing you their own neighbourhood so you can eat and drink like a local. The focus is on sourcing independent food suppliers which are unique not just to the area but also to the city, so visitors to Edinburgh as well as locals can discover a more offbeat and less visited part of historic Edinburgh.”
The safari is heavy on eating and light on walking, starting at 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Nell takes her pre-booked group on a three-hour pre arranged tour where guests can taste bespoke sausages made by a family butcher, traditional fish soup, visit a restaurant which cleverly fuses Italian and Scottish cuisine – virgin olive oil and smoked Scottish venison carpaccio, afternoon tea with feather light scones, amazing marshmallows with flavours you could never imagine being harnessed to sugar and a confectionary tasting of the deep fried chocolate bars that everyone has heard of, but never tried.
Safaris can be booked online at website www.edinburghfoodsafari.com. Cost is £50 per person which includes a minimum of six tasters – guests are advised not to eat lunch or book dinner. Groups are restricted to a maximum of ten guests. Many of the suppliers offer discounts to guests on the safari, so they can return and enjoy at their leisure.
The word ‘safari’ dates from 19th century Arabic safarîya: from safara to travel –so is very appropriate when linked with food in this 21st century context.