The Royal Highland Show is on the horizon already and food features strongly again. There will be over 100 producers and suppliers showcasing the best of Scottish produce in the Food Hall as well as the popular Cookery Theatre, with its live demonstrations from top chefs. This year, the 19-22 June show will join other major events, such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in promoting a Food Charter. The show organisers have worked with on-site caterers and food partners to make sure that the standard of food on offer is of the highest quality and sourced primarily from the best of Scotland’s larder. For younger visitors, there is a big emphasis on food at the RHET Discovery Centre. Both the Cookery Theatre and Baking Station will help children learn basic skills and the more adventurous can take part in blind tasting at Seafood Scotland’s Incredible Edibles. They can also “milk” Mabel the life-size fibreglass cow, learn about the journey of milk and ice cream, and how flour is made.
Meanwhile the autumn foodie event, Eat Drink Discover Scotland, has named some of the chefs who be taking part. Tony Singh, Adam Handling, Scott Davies, Mark Greenaway, Neil Forbes and Jacqueline O’Donnell are all on the bill at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, from 12 to 14 September.
There’s an intriguing food matching session at the Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry on Monday, 12 May. Chef proprietor Craig Wood will team up with David Austin and brewer Douglas Ross of de Brus, Dunfermline. Craig has developed an array of “wee tasting dishes” using local, seasonal produce to match each brew from the independently-owned brewery which crafts beers and ciders using traditional local recipes and 100 per cent natural ingredients.
Further north in Fife there’s regular whisky evenings at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Marking Whisky Month, each Wednesday has a different theme – with our favourite the trip round the Isles on 28 May when samples will include 12-year-old Caol Ila and Bowmore plus Kilchoman 2007. All that whisky knowledge should stand us in good stead when a new distillery opens at Kingsbarns later this year.
Another date for the diary is the 15 June when Summerhall, the vet-school-turned-arts-hub, will be hosting an afternoon exploring Edinburgh’s finest artisan food and drink producers. Savour the Flavour kicks off at 1pm.