Food News – April 2012
Food News this month starts with the wisdom of experience being brought to bear. The latest of the Edinburgh Local Food Network's monthly talks is by kings of home-delivered vegetables East Coast Organics. If anyone is going to have useful tips on how to keep plants alive and edible in horrendous Scottish weather then these guys will. Mind you, they may refuse to help for fear of losing custom, or offer you advice then turn up in your back garden at 2am to 'take out' your vegetable plants à la every Mafia film ever made. Still, couldn't hurt to ask them. Thu 5 Apr, 7pm, Edinburgh Larder, 79 Blackfriars St.
From vegetable assassination in Edinburgh to art and architecture in Glasgow, as duo Hole In My Pocket present a combined exhibition, performance and dining experience as part of The Arches' collaboration with the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. The lads will present a series of talks and performances on the concept of time-anxiety, while you tuck into what's described as a “time-themed” menu. We don't know what a “time-themed” menu entails, but we're very intrigued. Sat 21 & Thu 26 Apr, 5.30pm, The Arches, 253 Argyle St.
FEAST 2012 is the latest instalment of Jewel & Esk College and Queen Margaret University's jointly-held annual food festival. It's a chance to try out the best of Scottish food, learn what you should be looking for in your local produce, snaffle freebies and see some top chefs do what they do but with less swearing than usual seeing as there'll probably be kids and ladies present. Sat 28 Apr, Jewel & Esk College, Edinburgh
And finally, Scotland’s biggest beer festival! In... Paisley? Is that right? Yes, it's the 25th anniversary of the imaginatively-titled Paisley Beer Festival, with four days of beer-based fun to be had. Over 160 ales will be to hand, with many of those that featured at the first Festival back on tap. That's 160 kinds of ale, there are two other non-ale bars as well as that. There is also a 'meet the brewers' session, thankfully arranged for first thing to reduce the chances of drunken beer aficionados screaming in brewers' faces about how much they love their ale. See, that's experience for you. Wed 25 – Sat 28 Apr, Paisley Town Hall.