It was lovely to be back at Hemma for our July event, after having been on the road with June’s event at La Petite Mort.
Even though, we’re firmly in summer holiday season, it was good to see a strong turnout to share all the latest goings on in the world of food.
Kicking off our evening’s entertainment, we had Charlotte Maberly to update us on the Queen Margaret University Gastronomy course. This is a course worth considering, with interviews for the 2015 intake due to take place in August.
We then had Elaine from Union of Genius, who updated us on progress with their new kitchen, following their successful Kickstarter. She passed on thanks to all.
Finally, Daniel Wenk from Daniel’s Swiss Bakery delighted us with details of his bakery business in Leith. He’d brought along a veritable mountain of goodies, with lovely almond twists to try there and then, then bread to take home for further sampling. The audience was hugely appreciative of this generosity.
Then, I had a round-up of things, including the #scotfood chat, the Edinburgh Bakers’ contribution to the Edinburgh Food Festival, the upcoming launch of the Leith Market, and plans that we have afoot for a Night Market. Vivian from Food for Thought had some advice to seek from the crowd, so I pointed them in her direction. She’d brought cake from Sebastian Kobelt as a little incentive.
Finally, I was excited to announce the first initial plans for ScranFest. This event, which is still in early development, will celebrate the fantastic independent businesses across Edinburgh and beyond in a week and a half long showcase, running from 28 April to 8 May 2016.
All that was left was for me to thank everyone for coming along, then to flag that next month’s event will see us back on the road, this time to Hemma’s new sister bar Akva. We look forward to seeing y’all there on 3 August.
Many better photos of the event will appear on Chris Scott’s Flickr, in due course. I was particularly remiss in not capturing a photo of the amazing baked treats that Daniel provided.