REVIEW – Taste of Edinburgh 2011

The sun was shining on Edinburgh this afternoon as thousands of people flocked to the first Taste of Edinburgh afternoon session. 12 Picardy Place (formerly Hawke and Hunter) is in charge of the VIP tent this year and had blind tasting with Mark Greenaway and cocktail masterclasses.

The cook schools are back this year and we made chicken shawarma at the Waitrose school and chocolate soup at the Martin Wishart Cookery School.  You need to sign up for these classes as soon as you arrive as they book out really quickly.

Food wise we tried Mark Greenaway’s duo of Borders lamb, braised shoulder, roasted cutlet, Scottish mushrooms, fondant potato, red wine jus (10 crowns) which was heaven on a plate.  This was followed by Greywalls lemon tart (6 crowns) which was produced in conjunction with Edinburgh’s Breadwinner Bakery. Perfect pastry enveloped the most tangy lemon centre and was our highlight of the day.

We also saw Paul Tamburrini of Edinburgh’s newest restaurant The Honours demonstrate how to make perfect raspberry souffles.

A thoroughly enjoyable day out and with the sun forecast to shine all weekend, a trip to Taste of Edinburgh is a must.

Edinburgh chefs

Greywalls and Breadwinner lemon tart

Waitrose Cookery School

Paul Tamburrini of The Honours

Lots of fun things to do

Ingredients for chocolate soup

Jo Jos Danish Bakery

Edinburgh restaurants appearing and their Taste menus:

Mark Greenaway

First Coast

Wedgwood The Restaurant


Plumed Horse VinCaffè

Cucina at Hotel Missoni Ondine

Edinburgh businesses appearing at Taste are:

Breadwinner Bakery

Simple Simons Pies

Real Foods UK Pekoe Tea

Cuckoo’s Bakery

Jo Jo’s Danish Bakery and Cafe

Mama Tea

Cupcakes and Ribbons

Stewart Brewing

Valvona & Crolla


You can find Taste of Edinburgh on twitter and on facebook.

On until Sunday 3rd July 2011.

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