Looking for foodie things to do this weekend?
We have bundles of them. But first…
This morning, we were tempted to just run a blog on the story that Donald Trump’s Turnberry Hotel has banned Irn-Bru.
Apparently, it is incredibly difficult to clean Bru stains from fabric. Hence the ban.
In The Scotsman, the hotel’s General Manager Ralph Porciani is quoted as saying, ‘We can’t have it staining when to replace the ballroom carpet would be £500,000 alone. We have villas here with Irn-Bru stains in the carpets which I can’t let.’
As you might imagine, Twitter has taken the news in a calm and measured fashion with one future diplomat/daftie proclaiming that Trump has declared war on Scotland.
Back in the real world, we are entering summer and all the festivals that go with it.
If you are looking for foodie things to do this weekend, we have suggestions.
We’ll start off on the East Coast today. Tomorrow, we’ll have all the gen on the 40th anniversary celebrations at Loch Fyne Oysters.
Street food festival
First up, this weekend, South Queensferry’s Port Edgar Marina is hosting its Open Weekend.
There will be hundreds of 60-minute on-the-water taster sessions for families. Expert instructors will be showcasing everything from paddleboarding to kayaking.
While getting onto the water has its appeal, this is a food blog so our boat is much more likely to float at the news that Canteen Street Food Festival will be at the Marina this weekend.
The Marina’s own Down the Hatch café will be joined by vendors such as Shrimp Wreck, Chick & Pea, Meat Stack, pizzas from Pizza Geeks and The Big Blu; Spice Pots, Moo Pie Gelato, cocktails from Herringbone; Poco Prosecco, Ferry Brewery and delicious baking from Mimi’s Bakehouse.
More than 5,000 visitors attended last year’s Open Weekend. Which means that if you want to try any particular water-based taster session, you might want to book in advance.
Phone 0131 319 1820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each experience is £5 per child age 8-16 and £10 per adult.
Foodies things to do: Scot Gin Fest
Staying on the East Coast, the Edinburgh leg of Scot Gin Fest takes place on Saturday 12th May in The Caves on Niddry Street.
The festival brings together more than twenty gin producers from all over Scotland.
The Scot Gin Fest Master class Series will give gin enthusiasts an in-depth look at the inner workings of their favourite craft gin distiller and the chance to enjoy the intimate stories that make these gins unique.
Finally for today’s foodie things to do, Stewart Brewing are holding their MayFest beer festival on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May.
Tomorrow’s session is 6pm-10pm and adults only while Saturday runs noon-8pm and is a family-friendly affair. The sessions are held at the brewery in Loanhead on the outskirts of the capital.
There is a long list of styles on offer including a New England IPA, Smoked Lager, Raspberry & Chilli IPA, Bellini Brut plus gluten-free beer and craft cider.
Drink away your First World Problems
Of course, there will also be lots of beers from the current Stewart range. Tuck into Radical Road, First World Problems, Stewart’s Lager and some highly anticipated collaboration brews.
If you are not a beer lover, don’t fret. Edinburgh-based craft distillery, Old Poison, will be bringing along its Selkie Gin and Villeneuve Wines are sending in some delicious whites and reds.
Ticket price includes: entrance to the festival for the entire session, MayFest 2018 glass, a drink on arrival and access to an extensive list of beers, street food vendors and live music.
Come back tomorrow for more foodie things to do on the West Coast.